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Halloween and Vine
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On September 24th at 2pm come see the spectacle that is Halloween & Vine.  Located at Hermann Sons Hall (860 Western Ave) enjoy the bewitching artistry of more than 39 eclectic and diverse artists from North America.  We’re celebrating our 21st season of this prestigious show where you can purchase one-of-a-kind works of art, handmade from a number of mediums; such as papier-mâché, leather, felt, spun cotton and everything in between. We have even expanded our show into an additional room called the Boo-tique.  

We search extensively each year for new talent to add to our formidable group of established artists. Our show strives to find creative and highly unusual artists who will enhance our awe-inspiring show that is Halloween & Vine.  Come early, fans start lining up outside at the break of dawn for their opportunity to purchase these beautiful works of art before they are sold out! In addition to our Halloween and Vine Art Raffle, we will also have our first ever Halloween and Vine Art auction to bid on three different one of a kind piece from Halloween and Vine collectors.  The proceeds of the Art Raffle and Art Auction will benefit the Petaluma Animal Services Foundation.


Show partner Stephanie Sherratt commented; “This year will be our biggest show ever, featuring work not yet seen by the public that will leave a lasting impression on the show’s fans and collectors.  Our mission is to showcase the best in original Halloween Art & Collectibles.”

Cost:                                                      $5.00
Free street parking

Media Contact:                         Stephanie Sherratt



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Relics Beyond the Eye Can See!
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30th Fall Petaluma Antique Faire September 25 from 8-4pm

in Historic Downtown PetalumaOn September 25th the charmingly historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 200 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectibles to suit everyone's budget.

While your out and about make a day of it! Before perusing the faire join us in the dining room of the Mason's building under the iconic Petaluma clock tower for an incredible breakfast for just $8, a rare and special treat! Breakfast begins at 7am and will be served until 11:30am.

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The Shuckery - Oyster Girls Take on Petaluma!
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Photo By Heather Irwin with the Press Democrat

Written By Houston Porter --> Whole Article

Seafood fans rejoice. The Shuckery, a new oyster bar and seafood restaurant, is set to open very soon in the corner retail space at Washington and Kentucky streets in the Hotel Petaluma.

No strangers to coastal delicacies, sisters Jazmine and Aluxa Lalicker are the dynamic duo behind Oyster Girls, an oyster shucking catering company that has enamored guests of Bay Area wineries, weddings and parties for nearly a decade.

Last week, a select group of food writers were treated to a tasting preview at The Shuckery in anticipation of their participation in this year’s Taste of Petaluma. The early reviews are glowing, but you too can taste for yourself as The Shuckery is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s Taste of Petaluma, scheduled for Aug 20.

In another encouraging sign that the sisters get what being local is all about, I ran into Jazmine at Barber Cellars — her future Hotel Petaluma neighbor — where Mike and Lorraine Barber are helping the Oyster Girls put together an appropriately local wine list for the new restaurant.

Bay Area fisherman harvest some of the best seafood in the world, and adding local libations to the menu not only advances the credibility and authenticity of a restaurant like The Shuckery, but takes the dining experience to a higher level.

Visit The Shuckery on Facebook for updates, as well as information about their current Kickstarter campaign, offering rewards such as Oyster Girls’ swag, artwork and delicious oysters at the new bar.

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The Great Summer Sidewalk Sale
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Annual Petaluma Downtown Sidewalk.

Thursday July 21st, through Saturday July 23rd.

Find great bargains and support your local merchants at the Downtown Petaluma Sidewalk Sale, Thursday July 21st, through Saturday July 23rd.  

Join our merchants for three days of extreme savings and fabulous deals in our historic walk able downtown.  Petaluma Downtown boasts an array of interesting eclectic stores, great cafes, restaurants and spas, it's a fun way to find great deals so make a day of it.

This annual event has been a well loved favorite for over 35 years.  Shopping small and local is so important in keeping your downtown alive, participating locations will be all over Downtown Petaluma, including the Theater District, Petaluma Blvd, B Street, Fourth Street, Kentucky Street, Western Avenue and Washington Street.  

Downtown Petaluma offers convenient free parking with a two-hour limit.  If you need more time, we have two large parking structures with free parking for the day.  The first is the Keller Street Garage located across from Petaluma Market, the other is the Second Street Parking Garage, located on the corner of Second and C streets in the Theater District. For more information and a list of participating stores visit or call (707) 762-9348.

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Art & Garden Festival this weekend
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Art and Garden Festival Showcases Petaluma creators

Dance, stroll, nibble and sip at the Petaluma Art & Garden Festival, the downtown street fair that’s become a summertime tradition for locals and out-of-towners alike.

With live music, 120 vendors and bountiful food and beverage options, the July 10 event is expected to draw thousands of people to the two-block area around Fourth and B streets.

The day of fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission.

Since its start 15 years ago when a trio of downtown businesswomen brainstormed ways to attract people to their neighborhood, the festival has focused on all Petaluma has to offer.

“We just wanted to add one more thing that was kind of different to pull people in that direction,” said Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Caterers, who conceived the idea with fellow business owners Rose Zamudio of Tuscan Gardens and the late Linda Gonzalez of Gallery One.

Together with Samantha Freitas, then with the Petaluma Downtown Association, the women invited locals to showcase their talents – from artisans, gardeners and musicians to vintners and restaurateurs. Proceeds went to downtown beautification projects.

“We wanted this to be a Petaluma festival — upscale but a hometown festival,” Balshaw said.

A few thousand people showed up to stroll around that first year. Since then, the festival has grown three-fold, last year attracting between 12,000 and 14,000 visitors.

The emphasis on local food, art, gardening, and music remains the same.

“We’ve always kept the original flavor and the original layout. We’ve retained it that way,” said Marie McCusker, executive director of the Petaluma Downtown Association. The organization has been producing the festival since its third year.

The historic district is an attractive venue in itself, McCusker said.

“The location sells itself. (The festival) brings people to Petaluma, it brings people to shop and it puts people in Petaluma hotels,” she said.

Visitors drawn to the gardening element can still find native plants, flowers and succulents to purchase, gardening pros to answer questions and share advice and original garden art and décor to display at home.

The juried showcase of art, jewelry and garden crafts features almost entirely handcrafted items or sustainable products.

Balshaw, who has participated from the start, speaks to the quality and variety of vendor goods.

“I can’t tell you how much I’ve bought over the years,” she said with a laugh.

Visitors to this year’s festival can enjoy fine wine, craft beer and everything from ice cream to pizza to Peruvian food. Balshaw will offer chicken bánh mí Vietnamese sandwiches and her signature chocolate chip cookies, a constant since the inaugural festival.

Two stages will keep a steady beat for dancing in the streets, with Petaluma-area bands performing a wide range of musical styles.

Kevin Durkin & Friends performs jazz and blues at 11 a.m.

Foxes in the Henhouse brings the sounds of Americana, folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, pop and rock to the festival at noon.

Dance band Hot Grubb follows at 1:30 p.m., performing an eclectic mix with country rock and Texas blues.

Headliner band Soul Section with frontman Kevin Mulligan perform funk and soul from 3 to 5 p.m. The eight-piece band showcases the sounds of Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, KC and the Sunshine Band and other pop and rock groups from the 1960s and 1970s.

With music in the background, members of the Petaluma Garden Club, Maser Gardeners of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Orchid Society will be on hand to discuss all things garden- and landscape-related.

Among the festival highlights is the popular Chalk Art Competition, which is held at the corner of Fourth and B streets. The free contest offers divisions for children, novices and professional artists.

Participants can call ahead to reserve a spot. Although space is limited, last-minute participants can show up with their chalk and supplies to join the competition for first-, second- and third-place prizes. The public will cast votes for the top honors.

Kids can find more fun at the Children’s Corner where jumpy houses, games and face painting are planned.

Artful Arrangements will provide coloring activities for families and the Petaluma Panthers national champion cheer team will perform and teach cheers.

Food, beer and wine stations will be located throughout the festival, with $25 tasting packages available. Among the newcomers this year is Angela Eddy of Wine By The Slice, offering wine-infused cakes and cupcakes.

Every year, a different flower or plant is chosen for the festival poster and commemorative wine and ale glasses. For this year’s anniversary, artist Lisa Krieshok designed a dazzling clematis, a queen of flowering vines.

The wide variety of vendors includes fine artists, photographers, jewelers, mosaic craftsmen and woodworkers. The Petaluma Quilt Guild will display members’ fabric artistry.

Cathe Holden of Petaluma’s Just Something I Made will feature vintage-inspired creations; Petaluma High School teacher and jewelry designer Bobbin Tobin brings Beads by Bobbin; Bloomfield Bees Honey will sell honey products, and Petaluma’s Maselli & Sons Hardware will showcase handcrafted sheet-metal artwork.

“They’re bringing things you don’t tend to find anywhere else,” McCusker said of the vendors.

For more information, call 762-9348 or visit

(Contact Dianne Reber Hart at

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Help Our Pets! H.O.P.
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Enjoy a delightfully delicious afternoon of sweet deserts on Sunday April 17th form 1-4pm located at the Rooster Run Event Center at 2301 East Washington Street in Petaluma. A fun night for a good cause including a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds from this event goes to benefit the Petaluma Animal Service Foundation. Discounted tickets purchased in advanced cost $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 12 and younger, ticket prices will increase at the door to $25.00. For more information contact Patti Kruse at or Bert Smith at

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Butter & Egg Days Lagunitas Fundraiser
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On March 29th from 5:30-8:30, join us for a Butter & Egg Days Fundraiser & Button Launch at Lagunitas Tap Room & Beer Sanctuary. Enjoy a fun night of dinner, dessert, dancing and drinking! Lombardi's will be catering our delicious dinner.

Buy your 2016 Friends of The Parade button while you're there or if you already have your button, wear it and either way you'll receive a free raffle ticket!

There will be a raffle with great prizes from local businesses, and fun trivia! Our band will be announced shortly, but they'll be sure to get you up and dancing.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for $20 on Brown Paper Tickets and at the Petaluma Visitor Center at 210 Lakeville Street, 7 days a week from 10am-4pm. Advance ticket sales online and at the Visitor Center will end on March 28 at 9am. After that it's $25 at the door, first come first serve. There are a limited number of tickets available, so make sure to buy yours in advance!

Find out more about the 2016 Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival online at: Or give us a call at (707) 763-0344.

All proceeds will benefit the Butter & Egg Days Parade, a production of The Petaluma Downtown Association, a non profit organization. We need the community's support to continue to bring the Parade to the streets of Downtown Petaluma, so please, buy a button, have a beer and help keep us Marching!

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Parade Apps are Ready!
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The 2016 parade theme is ALL ABOARD! NEXT STOP PETALUMA! Celebrating our rich railway history and tracks to the future with the arrival of the SMART train in 2016!   Petaluma's Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. This year the Parade will celebrate the arrival of the SMART Train in 2016, sharing stories of the impact the railway had in shaping our hometown's historic past and making it the place it is today. And looking toward the future, what the revival of a passenger train will mean to our hometown's businesses, residents, schools, and non-profits.
  • Early bird entries must be received by Monday, February 22nd at 5pm.
  • Regular entries must be received by Monday, February 29th by 8am.
  • Late entries, as space provides, will be accepted from February 29th after 8am until March 7th at 5pm.
To sign up to be in the parade, be a food vendor, get a non-profit booth, or other vendor booth, just download the appropriate application.

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Good Egg Nominations Now Available!
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Time To Honor Someone Who Teaches Us Our History:
“Good Egg” Award Nominations Due February 23rd

Do you know a person who helps us all remember Petaluma’s heritage and how proud we should be of Petaluma and Petalumans’ contributions to our lives? The Butter & Egg Days Parade is looking for a Good Egg who has done just that.

This award was started 35 years ago to honor the people who work to promote Petaluma and keep Petaluma’s history alive for all of us. The Good Egg is introduced at Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremonies which will be held this year on Saturday, April 16, at Noon at the Petaluma Historical Museum. The Good Egg will also ride in the Butter & Egg Days Parade, on Saturday, April 23.

The Good Egg Award is presented annually to a Petaluma citizen whose ‘egg-ceptional’ effort over time has helped preserve and contribute to the positive promotion of the city of Petaluma, its history and its people. The Good Egg Award is an honor created by The Butter and Egg Days Committee to recognize a legacy of positive promotion begun by booster Bert Kerrigan. Kerrigan worked from 1918 to 1926 to establish international recognition of Petaluma as a center of commerce and agriculture. Mr. Kerrigan’s promotion of Petaluma included the famous National Egg Days celebrations, which inspired the creation of the Butter and Egg Days event. Kerrigan brought Petaluma fame with the phrase “The World’s Egg Basket.”

To nominate a “Good Egg”, send a nomination form or letter to: The Good Egg Award Committee, c/o Petaluma Downtown Association, 210 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952. All applications must be
received by Wednesday, February 23 at 5 p.m.

Your letter should identify how your prospective Good Egg has helped to promote Petaluma and its history within the community and beyond. They may have done this by working to preserve Petaluma history, promoting Petaluma’s distinctive resources, or helping others to remember and honor historic Petalumans or Petaluma achievements. This needs to be someone who has contributed to the preservation or promotion of Petaluma’s history.

You can download a nomination form by clicking here. To have a nomination form mailed to you, call the Butter & Egg Days Parade office at 763-0344. You can also pick up Good Egg Nomination Forms at the Petaluma Downtown Association/Visitors Program Office and the Chamber of Commerce.

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For the Love of Petaluma
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Family fun for the month of February in Downtown Petaluma.
Join for a month long scavenger hunt, grand prize a 2 night trip to Lake Tahoe, with dinner, Kayaking and golf, lots of other prizes for runners up.

Here's how it works:
  • Visit participating shops and find the picture of the two elephants and have your passport stamped

On February 28th at 2pm join us at Copperfields for the grand prize drawing, we will have cookies and lemonade. Don't worry if you couldn't find them all, you are still invited to the party and eligible to win prizes donated by local merchants!

During this event participating shops will have donation jars out collecting money for
Mentor Me Petaluma and Petaluma Hospice. Find a heart, make a donation, and share the love with the community.
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