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Holiday cheer in Sonoma County Bring the family, friends and the kids, and revel in the enjoyment of small city, one of a kind treasures that will surely bring joy and holiday happiness
ravel during the holidays is special. It's a time when towns, and the people who live in them, are celebrating. In Sonoma County we have small towns that share in the joy of the holidays with festivities, shopping and world class dining. It is the perfect destination for all of your holiday needs. There is so much to be discovered, and shopping locally helps strengthen our diverse merchants and their communities. Sonoma County locals believe in sustainability, farm to table, and quality. So get in the car and head out for an adventure in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Windsor, Guerneville or Sebastopol. loverdale is Sonoma County's northernmost town. It is known for its burgeoning arts community and quaint, charming downtown. The shop owners are friendly and down to earth, making for a day of relaxed enjoyment. You won't be bothered by crowds here. Stroll along the shops and be delighted in the choices of one of a kind collectibles such as coasters made with recycled wine corks. Or unique fabric for the hand sewn gift, vintage clothes from some of the coolest decades, and artisan culinary goodies. Grab a cappuccino and a piece of amazing gluten free cake from the coffee shop for an afternoon treat. ealdsburg is in the heart of wine country. It is an antique lovers dream and a hipsters delight. You can discover handmade jewelry, fine Italian shoes and upscale outfits for the kids or baby. You can also find a precious gift for your beloved furry friend, like chef inspired doggie treats and knitted sweaters. The wineries are a perfect place to pick up a fine bottle of wine or buy a case to ship home as a gift. Don't forget to wander away from the square. On the side streets you won't want to miss the beautiful spools of yarn for the knitting enthusiast, the gorgeous leather handbags or the home goods store with scented candles that are to die for. Spa treatment anyone? How does a hot stone massage or a wine and honey wrap sound? It's the epitome of luxury. indsor is just down the road from Healdsburg, about 10 minutes on Highway 101. Cruise into town and find your way to the Windsor Town Green. There is something for everyone on your list in Windsor, but if you are specifically
looking for jewelry, you have come to the right place. Envision diamonds, platinum, gold, precious gems and silver. Necklaces, earrings and rings for every budget and statement pieces meant to impress. For the adventurist, maybe a new bike or new gear. Visit the bookstore for that hot new release or the classic novel that is begging to be reread. A candy lover in the mix? You will find more choices of candy and gourmet chocolates than anywhere else; toffee, chocolate turtles, and truffles to name a few. Trendy pieces of clothing and accessories for the teenagers, and who wouldn't love a gift certificate to a coffee house? uerneville is an eclectic, soulful town. It has a charming, active Main Street with many shops and restaurants. Step back in time and visit the 5&10 store with a little bit of everything from games to pet gifts. On Main Street is a renovated historical building that now serves over-the-top homemade pies and ice cream. Your taste buds will go wild for flavors such as maple bourbon bacon brittle or lavender honeycomb. You can buy whole pies and pints of ice cream as gifts for the host or hostess at the next holiday party. ebastopol is a little bit hippie and rich in good vibes. Here you will find gifts for the cocktail connoisseur and the caffeine lover alike. Visit the distillery that promotes "grain to glass" by using only organic Red Winter wheat. Then stop at the cafe that brews organic yerba mate tea and sample the classic sparkling gold; can't go wrong with a case of that. Discover other jewels like homemade soaps, featuring flavors such as Santa Rosa plum and nutmeg or California mission fig and honey. They make soap for the four legged kind too. Everybody in your house can smell as fresh as a garden herb. Have a friend with a green thumb? You won't find cooler gardening supplies anywhere else. Maybe even a Venus fly trap can top your gift list. e hope the holiday shopping bug has grabbed your attention. There is so much to do and see in these beautiful northern California towns. Bring the family, friends and the kids, and revel in the enjoyment of small city, one of a kind treasures that will surely bring joy and holiday happiness. â€“ Sonoma West Archives
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Holiday Calendar of Events ONGOING EVENTS DEcEmbEr 1 - DEcEmbEr 23 Hotel Healdsburg Holiday Tea - Join us for the afternoon to indulge in housemade pastries, petit sandwiches, custom blend teas, classic cocktails and other holiday fare from Executive Chef Scott Romano, available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. With live piano music, dazzling winter florals, and beautiful holiday decor, we invite you to enjoy one of our favorite holiday traditions. Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. at Hotel Healdsburg Fireplace Lounge. 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Several options available, reservations are required: 707-4312800.
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November 24: Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade – Colorful, fun tractor parade. Santa visits. Warm up with chili and cornbread at the firehouse or hot dogs at Odd Fellows Hall.
Meander through over 200 trees decorated with personalities reflective of the community groups that created them. Trees are lit at sunset, followed by the main tree lighting at 7 p.m. Enjoy wagon and train rides, performances by local youth, live music, and a myriad of activities for families. A special mailbox enables kids to send letters to Santa (and receive responses). Treats and drinks available for purchase.
Snowfall nightly at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Windsor Town Green, Windsor. people4parkswindsor.org.
NOVEmbEr EVENTS NOVEmbEr 17 Cloverdale Senior Center Holiday Craft Fair – This annual craft fair features unique gifts from local crafters and artists. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 311 N. Main St., Cloverdale. 707-894-4470.
NOVEmbEr 19 15th West County Local Craft Fair – Live music and handmade crafts from over 30 vendors with lotions an soaps, yarn and felted creations, jewelry and clothing, sweets and savories, and a basket raffle that will benefit the Sebastopol-based Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Hwy. 12, Sebastopol.
NOVEmbEr 22 Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Sebastopol - This annual community event is open to all. Hundreds of traditional turkey dinners have been served or delivered on Thanksgiving Day in Memorial Hall at the (continues on next page)
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Community Church of Sebastopol. Anyone who might find themselves eating alone or lacking the funds or energy to prepare a holiday meal is invited to this celebration to share a meal with neighbors. Dinners are served from 1-5 p.m. Meal delivery or transportation can be arranged. Please call the church office at 707-823-2484 to make arrangements before November 19th. More information bilingual dinner flyers are available at uccseb.org.
Healdsburg Turkey Trot - Once again, the streets of Healdsburg will host a 5K run on Thanksgiving Day morning. Starting at 8 AM on front of Healdsburg Running Company (333 Center Street), we promise a good time for all. Throw on your Turkey suit and running shoes and let’s get going. Part of your registration will support the Drew Esquivel Scholarship which supports student athletes from the Healdsburg area in their dream to attend college. Early registration is $35 for adults, $25 for kids 6-18 and free for athletes 5 years old and younger until November 19 at midnight. Race week registration increases to $40/$30 on Tuesday and Wednesday and day-of registration is $50/$40. For more information visit healdsburgturkeytrot.com.
day season with beautiful crafts, holiday treats, handcrafted and homemade goods, and more. Kids can enjoy visits from Santa Claus on both weekend days, baked goodies, and new and used gifts. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday tree lighting begins at 5 p.m. on Friday evening. Festivities begin Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. gualalaarts.org
Geyserville Tree Lighting & Lighted Tractor Parade - Lit-up tractors, harvesters, backhoes and fire trucks parade through downtown Geyserville. Start the holidays in Downtown Geyserville with the annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade! Enjoy caroling, warm winter fare, and a visit from Santa, who will arrive at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m., along with caroling. The parade will begin at about 6:30 p.m. Chili and cornbread at Firehouse for $5; hot dogs at Oddfellows. geyservillecc.com or 707-276-6067.
Saturdays & Sundays, December 1 - 23: Hotel Healdsburg Holiday Afternoon Tea - The criticallyacclaimed hotel in downtown Healdsburg offers its annual Holiday Tea service to provide a relaxing atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy festive bites and beverages.
November 22 Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Guerneville - This annual event hosted by Lighthouse Christian Church is open to all. Doors open at noon and food is serves for as long as it lasts. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. To donate, mail a check made out to God’s Grace, Inc., P.O. Box 324, Guerneville. CA 95446, or online at Godsgraceinc.com, or bring your donation to the event. To volunteer, call Penny Rivas at 707-326-1257. Guerneville Vets Hall, 16255 First St., Guerneville.
November 23 Downtown Healdsburg Holiday Party - Kick off your holiday season with Healdsburg's charming and fun-filled Downtown Holiday Party. Bring your gift list, friends, family and appetite to this not to be missed town celebration. The event will feature pictures with Santa from 5-7 pm, musicians and carolers, live performances, carriage rides, and great shopping. Sponsored by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce. Call 707-433-6935 or visit healdsburg.com for more information.
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November 23-24 Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Crafts Faire - Food, drinks, entertainment, and plenty of hand-made arts & crafts that make perfect holiday gifts! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm at McCaughey Hall, 17184 Bodega Highway, Bodega, CA 94922. Please call 707-876-9438 for more information.
Gualala Lighted Truck Parade with Santa Claus - A convoy of festively lit “big rig” trucks cruise Highway 1 through Gualala. Santa stops to visit for photo opportunities and to give out candy canes. 68 p.m., free admission, located in downtown Gualala on Highway 1. 707-884-1080
November 25 Holiday Giftaway - LITE Initiatives Zero Waste Sonoma County, Community Bikes, Sebastopol Grange and Transition Sebastopol present the 7th Annual Holiday Giftaway and Clothing Swap. A fun and ecological way to get gifts and new-to-you clothing and to give away good unwanted item. Every adult and teen must volunteer for 30 minutes (continues on next page)
6 • Gift G u id e | N o vem b er 1 5, 201 8 (it’s fun!) or make a $10 donation. Young people under 15 get free admission and are encouraged to help. Sign up to volunteer via Facebook. 1-4 p.m. Sebastopol Grange #306, 6000 Sebastopol Road on Highway 12. Sebastopol. 707-573-6049.
Forestville Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bring your family to the downtown oaks in Forestville! The Forestville Chamber of Commerce presents their annual tree lighting ceremony. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, hot chocolate and cider will be available. Santa Claus will arrive, music. Starts at 4 p.m. Forestville Downtown Park, Front St., Forestville. NOVEmbEr 29 Guerneville Holiday Extravaganza - Tree Lighting & Merchant Open House - Enjoy a holiday
Sarah Saulsbury will spin yarns and lovingly lead our now 50-member ensemble through a trip down memory lane, as we revisit some of the best-loved songs of the winter holiday season written by choir members past and present. Skillfully weaving together song and story, poetry and theatrics, plus fine instrumental accompaniment, the OCC offers a joyful and eclectic winter holiday concert experience unlike any other you will find. There will be caroling, sing-a-longs and special alumni events, plus commemorative pottery and gift items for sale. On display at OCA’s Art Gallery will be a special exhibit with 40 years of choir photos and memorabilia. See occidentalchoir.org for all available winter concert times. Visit occidentalchoir.org or call 707874-8622 for more info.
party atmosphere when shops open their doors and welcome you in for holiday shopping from 4-7 p.m. along Main Street. Christmas tree lighting and other festivities in the plaza begin at 7 p.m. Downtown Guerneville. 707-869-9000.
NOVEmbEr 30 Guerneville Holiday Princess & Prince Crowning Ceremony - At this annual dinner and toast at Timberline Restaurant, Guerneville’s Holiday Princess and Prince will be announced and crowned. Tickets start at $25. 6-8 p.m. 16440 Fourth Street, Guerneville. Call Leslie to register at 707-4869907.
NOVEmbEr 30, DEcEmbEr 1, 2, 8 aND 9 Occidental Community Choir - Creative, quirky and consistently melodious, OCC celebrates its 40th Birthday this December! Directress and alumna
December 6 - Community Decorating Day at Charlie Brown Adopt-a-Tree Christmas Grove – Celebration from 5-8 p.m. with visit from Santa, music, snowfall, and spectacular tree lighting of Christmas Grove (which remains up until end of year).
DEcEmbEr EVENTS DEcEmbEr 1 Stories and Scenes from the Nutcracker Ballet - Join Sebastopol Ballet as the Nutcracker
story is read and dance along to the Nutcracker Suite. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707-8237691.
Alexander Valley Ladies Aid Christmas Bazaar – Cookies! Jams! Ornaments! Table Decorations! Wreaths! This successful annual Bazaar brings folks from all over Sonoma County. Visitors are greeted at the door of the historic Alexander Valley Community Church (6650 Hwy 128 is just a few miles from Healdsburg). Find a variety of delicious home-made goodies, live and dried wreaths, ornaments, fleece blankets, painted gourds, kitchen towels, aprons, hand-painted goods, local lavender, beautiful raffle baskets and much, much more! Proceeds of this sale are used to fund scholarships for local high school seniors, the Alexander Valley School Library, community charities, and to aid in the maintenance of the historic church.. Alexander Valley Community Church, 6650 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. See avladiesaid.com for more details.
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will begin at 2 p.m. Enjoy the Windsor Farmer’s Market from 10-1, with roasted chestnuts, candied almonds, kettle corn, cookies and smoothies. Windsor Town Green.
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DEcEmbEr 5, 6, 12 & 13 Healdsburg Strolling Holiday Dine Around Explore Healdsburg cuisine with a three-course feast, each course at a different restaurant in downtown Healdsburg. The three-course progressive dinner takes place between 6:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $89 per person. Diners can choose between 15 restaurant or inns, four evening options, and three starting times. Call 707-433-6935 or visit hbgdinearound.com for more information.
DEcEmbEr 6 Sebastopol Holiday Tree Lighting - The Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Sebastopol. Take pictures with Santa and join in the music with a performance by Mr. Music. Crafts, warm beverages, treats, and plenty
of live music will be featured. Enjoy the lighting of the tree and candles for those in attendance. 5-8 p.m. in the Sebastopol Plaza. More information available at sebastopol.org.
18th Holiday Celebration at Windsor Town Green & Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove Town of Windsor invites families and children of all ages to its annual holiday celebration at the Town Green. Enjoy wagon and train rides around the Green, stage performances, free crafts, and gingerbread house displays, photos with Santa, music by Windsor Community Children’s Choir. 5-8 p.m.; the spectacular tree lighting and snowfall occurs at 7 p.m. townofwindsor.com.
Osmosis Festival of Lights Holiday Event – Enjoy good cheer, an abundance of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, chocolate, unique gifts and live music in a beautifully decorated tent. Enjoy the party and shopping experiences and win prizes totaling over $800. $25 entry fee. Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary at 209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, CA. DEcEmbEr 7 Cloverdale Winter Festival and Holiday Tree Lighting - Presented by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Cloverdale Lions Club, Cloverdale welcomes the holidays with the annual Winter Festival & Holiday Tree Lighting. Activities include gingerbread “people” decorating in the Plaza, live music, vendors with homemade wares, carolers, holiday open houses at downtown businesses. Family friendly and will definitely get you into the holiday spirit!. 3-8 p.m. Downtown at the plaza on Cloverdale Boulevard. Free admission. For more information, visit cloverdalechamber.com or call 707-894-4470.
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‘Season of Giving’ in our hometowns by Rollie Atkinson
Twas the month before Christmas When throughout our hometowns The merchants were practicing Their “shopping mall frowns.”
“Remember me?” He asked. “Are you still a believer? Or would you rather complain, And watch your town wither?”
Catalogues jammed the mail slots And our neighbors seemed poised To rush over to Malltown For their gifts and their toys.
“There’s a lot of good spirit and joy to be found, Not in a Big Box, But here in our town.”
The internet was happening And online orders were ablaze While little shopkeepers here Sat idle and dazed.
“Favorite places, no hurrying festive happenings to make. Arts, crafts and real treasures, Not plastic or fake.”
What has happened to Christmas And the joyous “Season of Giving”? Why can’t we be traditional And still make a living?
“Children’s wishes are waiting, Old friends will come calling, Are we ready to celebrate? Or too busy a-malling?”
With Macy’s, Walmart, And Amazon, too, How can a hometown merchant Find customers to woo?
“Get ready the wassail, and light up our tree; Remind one another, It’s not ‘them’, it’s ‘we’.”
When what to our wandering Eyes should appear, But a tiny old man, With a sled and reindeer.
“Let’s deck out our Main Streets, And remember one thing: ‘Tis the “Season of Giving”, Not the “Buying of Things.”
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Visions of Christmas Past A Look at Sonoma Countyâ€™s Christmas History
Santa with happy and excited believers at the Boys Club, 1947
A yearly tradition, Toys for Tots at Quinby's Shell Service on December 9, 1965.
The Reveillon de Noel, a highlight of the year for many local towns on Dec 14, 1967.
Christmas toys was the theme of the Healdsburg Elementary School's annual Christmas assembly held in December 1958.
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