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2017: An Apple Blossom Odyssey Buddy Blossom welcomes you to the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival and Parade! This year we will be going to the moon and back with our apple blossoms. It’s 2017- An Apple Blossom Odyssey! We won’t be lost in space but our blossoms will be floating out there in the great beyond. We’re looking forward to another dynamic year of celebration. We’ve put the wet weather behind us and we’re anticipating a warm welcoming weekend. This year should bring some interesting new floats and entries for the parade. Lots of bands and animals and don’t forget the tractors, as depicted on this year’s poster! New this year is the historic Apple Pavilion in the Little Red Hen room of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Building coordinated by Cheri Marcucci, Marcucci Farms and Winery. There will be an historic display of apple orchards, photos and farmers. Friday night there will be a special reception from 7-9 honoring the long time apple farmers and new growers as well. This reception is free. We have some new and interesting foods, Hip Chick Farms, Goatlandia/Muir Tea Room, Tuck Box and of course the good old reliables, The Wurst, Aunt Betty’s Corn Dogs and more! Plenty for the chil-

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dren to do and the music is fab. The Blues Festival on Sunday will feature: The Lucky Losers, Volker Strifler and Mark Hummel’s Golden State/LoneStar Revue with Anson Funderburgh. Some new talents this year: Tim Hurley Band and McKenna Faith. Check out the website www.appleblossomfest.com for all the current information. Get your tickets ahead of time on Brownpapertickets.com We thank you for your constant support and appreciate the many sponsors, volunteers, parade participants, vendors and committee people that have for 71 years made this possible! This is a community event to be celebrated and enjoyed by all. So here we go….. out to space where no blossom has ever gone before! Enjoy the adventure. It has been my honor and privilege to be a part of this event for the last 28 years! Thank you for the opportunity. Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and Festival Committee And Teresa Ramondo, Executive Director, Signing off

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2017 Apple Blossom Festival Schedule of Events Festival hours: gates open 10 a.m — 6 p.m. schedule saturday, april 22 7 a.m.

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Every artwork is an odyssey from an idea that blossoms with hard work into a finished piece. You’ll see the results of those journeys at the 49th annual Apple Blossom Festival Art Show, an exhibition by members of the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS). The show will open with a reception on Friday, April 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street. Admission to the reception is free, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The exhibition continues on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Entrance to the art show is included in the Apple Blossom Festival admission. AWS is proud to partner with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and is grateful for their sponsorship. The show, with a decades-long tradition, will feature more than 100 original paintings, drawings and fine art photography. With artworks ranging from rural landscapes to experiment abstracts,

features small artworks at very affordable prices. Visitors will have a chance to win a painting by last year’s top award-winning artists by purchasing a raffle ticket. This year’s art show judge is plein air artist Tom Soltesz. He has been a working artist since 1972 when he began painting billboards in Florida. He then spent several years in the South Pacific working in advertising illustration. After studying at the Colorado Institute of Art and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, he moved to Marin, where he is continually inspired by the beauty around him. The judge will give awards in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media and photography as well as Best of Show and a second place Founders’ Award. The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites with the Photo provided piece receiving the most popular votes APPLE BLOSSOM ART —Last year’s Best of earning an award for the artist. Show winner was Kathy Byrne, show above Visitors’ comments and votes are with her winning entry. The exhibit will be at greatly appreciated by the artists. the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in the Veterans Memorial Building. The non-profit Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County was founded there is something for every visitor in 1965 and has continued to meet and family to enjoy. Nearly all the art monthly in Sebastopol for 52 years. There are guest artist demonstrais for sale, and a section of the show

tions, figure drawing sessions, critiques by well-known artists, paintouts and networking opportunities. Meetings are open to the public for a $5 donation. The artists of AWS range from beginners to professionals and they work in a full spectrum of artistic media. The mix of old and new members contributes to the organization’s longevity and freshness, along with the support, fellowship and activities it provides both novice and seasoned artists. The group is currently seeking new members and membership information will be available at the show. Be sure to stop by the art show while you’re at the Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopol this year. Go Local! For more information about AWS, visit www.facebook.com /AWSArtWorkshop or www.awsomeart.org. For more information about the Apple Blossom Festival, visit the official website at www.appleblossomfest.com. Submitted by Merrie Krisl AWS Publicity Chair


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Thank you to the 2017 Apple Blossom Festival Sponsors Apple Pavillion

Stage Sponsor

Ticket Sponsor

Banner Sponsors Balletto Vineyards and Winery Earthtone Construction, Inc Edward Jones Investments/Tim Moore/Meredeth Bertacco Rogers Pool and Spa Russian River Vineyards Sebastopol Hardware Silk Moon St. Joseph Heritage Health Care Westamerica Bank Friends of the Festival Sponsors

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Cottingham Mortgage Inc. Dutton Ranch Elephant Ear Systems Exchange Bank Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary Law Offices of Omar Figueroa LEFF Construction O'Reilly Media, Inc. Redwood Credit Union The Heck Foundation (Korbel) Tombe Realty Weeks Drilling & Pump Co. West Sonoma County UHSD

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Main Street’s Apple Blossom Parade begins at 10 a.m. 2017 Apple Blossom Parade Entries

Hillcrest MS Flag/Color Shield

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Hillcrest MS Marching Band

Redwood Credit Union

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Redwood Empire Classic Chevy Club

Hip Chick Farms

Redwood Rainbows Sq Dance Club

102.7 The Wolf

Hippizzazz Pizza

Rincon Valley Charter Band

1060.3 The Bull and Shoes for Kidz

Jaiyen Spa

Rincon Valley Charter Drum Major

2017 A Chimp Odyssey

K-Tech Automotive/Pauline's Auto

Rincon Valley Charter Flag/Color Shield

Ace Cider/California Cider Company

Llamas of Wine Country

Rincon Valley Charter Unit Id

Analy HS Tiger Marching Band

Lotus Horse Farm

Rocket Man

Anova

Michael & Grace Murphy

Round Table Pizza

Balletto Vineyards

Michael Ellis Dog Trainer School

Sandborn Tree Service

Bar B Que Smokehouse

Miss Sonoma County/Kristina Schmuhl

Sebastopol Area Senior Center

Beep Boop Beep Robot Brigade

Mt. Gilead Bible Camp

Brook Haven School Band

Papas and Pollo

Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Bud Daveiro Hall of Fame

Peace in Medicine

Sebastopol Farmers Market Sebastopol Firefighters Foundation

Cal Fire & Smokey Bear Canine Companions for Independence Chan Orthodontics Circus Waldissima's Unicycles

Sebastopol Kiwanis Club

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Parade 2017

Sebastopol Little League Sequoia Senior Solutions Slow Food Russian River

City of Sebastopol City Council/Staff

Sonoma County Roller Derby

Coaches Fitness Center

Sonoma County Shriners

Community First Credit Union

Sonoma West Medical Foundation

Community Magnet

The Global Community Kazoo Band

Crossfit Sebastopol

The Love Choir

Dachshunds on Parade

The Parklet Project

Dogwood Animal Rescue Project

The Strength Studio

Early Day Gas Eng & Tractor Assoc

The Village Builders,

El Dorado Door

Sebastopol Grange

El Molino High School Band

Thornrose

El Molino High School Drum Major

Troop 27 & Pack 128, Boy Scouts

El Molino High School Flag/Color Shield

Twin Hills Charter Middle School Band

El Molino High School Unit Id

Twin Hills Charter Middle School Drum Major

Farmers Insurance/Antonio Trejo Flower Song Florist

Twin Hills Charter Middle School Unit Id

Food for Thought Antiques

Verihealth

Friends of El Molino Music Band

VFW Post 3919

Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary

Weeks Drilling & Pump Co

Gold Ridge Firefighters

West Co Transportation Agency

Grand Marshals Citizens of the Year John and Terri Balletto

West County Girls Softball

Graton Community Club Graton Day Labor Center Graton Fire Protection Distrtict Guayaki Employee

West County Health Center Western Sonoma Co Historical Society Wine Country Arabian Horse Association

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Final parade for Chamber’s Teresa Ramondo Sebastopol native is retiring after leading the Chamber for the last 22 years

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For just one more time – at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 to be precise – Teresa Ramondo will take her usual stroll down Sebastopol’s Main Street surveying the portable chairs that line the sidewalks of the Apple Blossom parade route. “So often in recent days I’ve thought this is the last time I’ll have to do this and think I’m so grateful to be done with it,” Ramondo says. But then, with an air of sadness and regret, she says the same with different intonation in her voice: “Ah, then it sinks in…this will be the last time I’ll be doing this.” You see, after 28 years of working for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, she is retiring on June 29, making this Apple Blossom Parade and Festival the last one she will organize. “There has been nothing more gratifying than being up early on parade morning and seeing all the chairs and

Teresa Ramondo blankets spread out on the curbs,” she said in an interview. “It means families are carrying on a tradition that many of us grew up with.” Ramondo is a lifelong resident of Sebastopol with deep family roots in the area. Her mother came to the area at age 13 with her family from Oklahoma. Her father settled here after he completed military service. Dad was the town’s postal carrier and a volunteer firefighter. Mom

clerked the downtown Medico drug store and soda fountain. Their daughter attended local schools, graduated from Analy High, and married her high school sweetheart Darrell Ramondo. She actually started a career as an preschool school teacher, but found her time as volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce to be more interesting. In 1989, she began working the chamber’s front desk where she fielded inquiries from visitors, from businesses and regular folks simply wanting to know more about the town where they live. “Of course, it did help me a lot to have such deep family connections,” she said. “There are advantages to knowing where the bodies are buried in town.” From the chamber’s offices at 265 South Main Street, Ramondo and her staff still perform many of the same functions even though all chamber duties have become more complicated as Sebastopol has grown to become the central commercial and entertainment zone of the West County. Staging the parade and festival involves about half of the chamber’s $250,000 annual budget, considering the income the chamber makes and the expenses of staging such a grand

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2017 Apple Blossom Festival music performance schedule SATURDAY, April 22

SUNDAY, April 23

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1:15 p.m. ..............................................................Parrade Awards

12:00 to 1:00 ................................................................Love Choir

1:45 to 3:30 ......................................................................Solid Air

1:00 to 2:30 ..........................................................McKenna Faith

4:00 to 6:00 ..............................................Norman Bautista Band BACK STAGE

3:00 to 4:30..............................................................................TBA BACK STAGE BLUES REVIEW 1:00 to 1:50 ......................................................The Lucky Losers

1:30 to 3:30 ...............................................................Luv Rustlers

2:10 to 3:20....................................................Volker Strifler Band

4:00 to 6:00 ........................................................Tim Hurley Band

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New faces, old favorites and lots of Sunday blues

Volker Strifler McKenna Faith

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Sundays at Sebastpol’s Apple Blossom Festival has meant the “blues” for the pas few years, with an all-day lineup put together by KRSH radio’s Bill Bowker. This year’s all-day set is being headlined by Mark Humel’s Golden State/Lonestar Review and includes local favorites Volker Strifler, with The Lucky Losers opening the day. Texas guitar slinger Anson Funderburgh will front the Humel all-stars that also includes Humel on harmonica, Wes Star on drums and RW Grigsby on bass. McKenna Faith hails from Ukiah but sounds a lot she’s straight out of Nashville. Just age 22,

MCKenna has been touring internationally in support of her second CD release, “Seal It With A Kiss,.” Tim Hurley will be making his first appearance in Sebastopol and is form Playa del Rey, California. He writes most of his own songs and calls his music style “beach country.” Norman Bautista is making a return to the Apple Blossom Festival after several years absence. The band is rhythm-based with lots of percussion, but also offers smoother lyricism. Two local bands, the Luv Rustlers and the Love Chpir share some common roots and crossover musical leadership, both being projects of Sebastopol’s Mr. Music, Jim Corbett.

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Terri and John Balletto are 2017 parade grand marshalls Terri and John Balletto, owners of Balletto Vineyards and leaders of Sonoma County agriculture industry will be the Grand Marshalls of the 2017 Apple Blossom Festival Parade. The couple was chosen as Citizens of

the Year in 2017 by the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce. The Ballettos are very generous with their time and donations to many local youth, community and ag-related organizations. Both are natives of west Sonoma County. John has served in leadership roles at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Sonoma County Winegrape Growers, Santa Rosa Junior College Agriculture Foundation, Sonoma County Harvest Fair and other roles, including as a board member for the Sonoma West Medical Center. Their two daughters, Jacqueline & Caterina, work in the family winery and are very active participants in the

next generation of Sonoma County agriculture. John and Terri were also honored last year by the SRJC Agriculture Trust Foundation, where John was instrumental in the community fund drive to build the Warren G. Dutton Ag Pavillion at SRJC's Shone Farm. Together, the couple supports more than 500 charitable organizations by donating wine and other resources annually. “It’s amazing and we are humbled to be honored,” John Balletto said. “I grew up in Sebastopol. We live in such a great community. It’s a community that has helped out so much as I was grow-

ing up that we want to give back.” The Ballettos donate to nearly every nonprofit in the city, John Balletto said, especially contributing to both Rotary Clubs and the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Terri Balletto is a director and secretary of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County. She was the recipient of the 2016 Sonoma County 4-H Alumni Recognition Award. She is also a member of the committee that successful raised nearly $3 million to build the Saralee and Richard Kunde Barn and Agriculture Center at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

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Apple Pavillion offers a glance back at farmers’ history Indoor display to highlight faces and places of Sebastopol’s apple and grapes past by rollie atkinson Sonoma West Times & News When the first Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce Apple Blossom Festival was held just after World War II, the local apple industry was at its absolute zenith. When the orchard trees bloomed back then, all of Sebastopol’s surrounding hills were as solid white as if a snowstorm had just passed over. The fluffy blossoms filled over 14,000 acres of apple orchards. Today, only 2,000 acres remain, with many orchards now converted to winegrape vineyards. There is a little-known earlier chapter about this apples-to-grape story, because the full story is actually ‘grapes to apples and back to grapes again.’ That’s because many of western Sonoma County’s original farmers grew grapes, berries, cherries and other crops long before they planted apple orchards. That more complete story will be told in a visual display at this year’s Apple Blossom Festival at the Apple Pavillion, inside the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

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HORSE AND CARRIAGE DAYS — An antique post card depicts a 19th century apple blossom tour.

Cheri Marcucci, a great-great granddaughter of pioneer farmers, has mounted a diorama of old landscapes, photos, family names, apple crate art and other memorabilia. Her collection comes from her recent research for a short documentary film, “From Grapes to Apples to Grapes Again.” While her film will not be shown dur-

ing the festival, Marcucci, her husband Phil and other apple old-timers will gather to share stories. Lee Walker, patriarch of the last fresh apple packing facility, is expected to attend. This year’s Apple Blossom Festival will also serve as an unofficial reunion of the “Apple Corps,” a group of farm women who mounted homegrown mar-

keting projects two generations ago when the apple industry began a slow decline. Besides Marcucci, other Apple Corps members included Gail Dutton, Shirley Walker, Barbara Paul and the Kozlowskis, among others. See page 18

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Russian River Slow Food offering Gravenstein juice in pavillion From previous page In the local apple industry’s heyday, there were 16 family-owned fresh apple packing houses, plus another seven larger commercial plants, according to Marcucci’s research. Apples for sauce, juice and vinegar were processed at eight different companies, the largest being the Sebastopol Cooperative Cannery. In those days, the total apple crop exceeded 100,000 tons where recent year’s crops were just over 10,000 tons. In the visual display at this year’s Apple Pavillion all the historical changes are depicted. “When you start at the beginning,” said Marcucci, “you see that the local farmers had to change crops to make an economic living. When I was growing up we still grew cherries, berries and walnuts.” On her husband’s ancestry farm along the Laguna, the first crop was grapes. “Having had family in farming in the Sebastopol area for over 111 years as farmers our family members have experienced vineyards infested with Phylloxera, Prohibition, the stock market crash, the Great Depression, and World War II,” said Marcucci. “I know people complain about all the vineyards now but if they knew more about the history I think they would understand about our local farming

much better. The Russian River Convivium of Slow Food International will be offering Gravenstein apple juice in the pavillion. The non-profit group is dedicated to preserving pre-technology agriculture and has a special project to preserve the Gravenstein apple, the jewel of Sebastopol’s apple industry. Today Cheri and Phil Marcucci operate Marcucci Farms & Winery on Laguna Road. They make wine from their own vineyards and offer public tours and special al fresco dining experiences at their 109-year-old Russian River Valley homestead. Special dates are set this summer for group gondola vineyard tours, a viewing of the 45-minute documentary film and a catered Italian feast. Details are available at the website www.marcuccifarms.com.

An apple packing house olperation from yesteryear.

Youth art show in Main Gallery during the Festival “Let it be Kids” is the title of this year’s youth art show being sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and coordinated by Sally Briggs, Natlaie Boothe and Angela Sturr. The show is expected to have close to 1,000 pieces of artwork. This is an open exhibition. Invitations were sent to all local schools for young artists to submit their artwork for this popular showcase. The show will be open to Apple Blossom Festival atten-

dees at no extra admission on both days of the event. The art show will continue for the remainder of the month and a special child-friendly reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Frank Gonzalez, famous puppeteer, will be performing and sharing his remarkable talents between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome; bring family, friends and loved ones. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free but children cannot attend without adult supervision.

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