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Ode to Taste of Petaluma, Part 2
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Last week I detailed some of the participants of the 9th Annual Taste of Petaluma (coming up August 23rd!) that I was privileged to be wined and dined at during the Mini-Taste of Petaluma.  As I explained in my last blog, these Mini-Tastes are a small scale preview of the deliciousness that is Taste of Petaluma. Well, it appears the Goddess of Taste (Ms. Laura Sunday) favors me, because I got invited to the next round of Mini-Taste, and this time around I just went ahead and squealed with delight.


The first stop on our schedule was Zodiacs, at 256 Petaluma Blvd N., owned by Kristin McMaster and fiancé John “Jonesy” Jones. Kristin served us their Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs with Cool Mango Slaw. Even with my limited exposure to ribs I could tell these were GOOD. While I usually consider coleslaw a rather blah compulsory condiment to BBQ, their mango slaw was inventive, crisp, refreshing and highlighted the smoky and vinegary notes of the ribs. Perusing their menu; which features locally sourced meats, grassfed beef, and Mary’s chicken; I was excited to note a Southern theme, nothing rivals the comfort of a good Southern meal for me. Judging by the warm smile Kristin entertained us with, and the way she talked about what they do, Zodiacs is a labor of love and everything there seemed to exude that.  Aside from lunch & dinner, they also host brunch on the weekends, music seven nights a week and even some lunch performances, live painting, and a changing exhibit of local art. They'll be serving their Ribs at Taste of Petaluma, but they’ll also be hosting a slew of local craft brewers, AND they’ll be hosting the first ever After Taste Party. Your Taste wristband is entrance in, the fun starts at 4pm and will continue until the last person admits defeat and heads home.


I carefully wiped every crevice of my face and hands to hide the huge BBQ mess I’d made of myself and we tottered on to our next stop, Seared, located at 170 Petaluma Blvd N. Seared is an interesting place, the food is beautifully plated, inventive and vibrant in flavor, but the atmosphere is casual and unpretentious. Owned by a trio of locals, it’s headed by Chef Joe O’Donnell, a young and promising chef that has obvious culinary talent. Particularly intriguing was his “Aquachili”, a new term for me. Basically lime and chili cooked fish, it is very similar to the more commonly known ceviche. Consisting of Chili Pepper Cod atop a Crisp Tortilla square with Avocado, Micro Cilantro & Pickled Onion, I adored the freshness of the ingredients, each contributing to a well balanced bite of sweet, salty, tartness. Their other offering for Taste of Petaluma is a Wagu New York Tataki with frizzled ginger, Scallions, Micro Shisho & Shoyu. The Wagu was cooked to medium rare perfection and melted in my mouth in a happy mingling of ginger, shoyu & tangy vinegar.




Our next stop was Speakeasy, a cozy tapas bar located at 139 Petaluma Blvd N., in Putnam Plaza. It’s owned by Roger Schann and Amber Driscoll, yet another restaurateur couple, and they have done a beautiful job with their very limited space. Indeed, they are taking over the space formerly occupied by Off Limits, to serve as an overflow dining room, events area, and performance space, to be dubbed the Big Easy. Upon arrival, there were some house cured olives and pickled veggies awaiting us, an enjoyable cleanse of palate.  Empanadas with Niman Ranch Steak & Potatoes topped with a Lime Cilantro Crema & crumbled Queso Fresco, served piping hot, soon followed. It was a beautifully plated and rather adorable little hand pie, but the best part of the empanada was the ethereal pastry dough. It was impossibly light, buttery and decadent. The filling and crema were delicious as well, but honestly I could have just eaten the pastry plain it was so good. I quickly mashed any remaining pastry bits, crema and filling onto my fork and savored the last bits before heading to our next stop.


Sax’s Joint was our fourth and final stop. Located at 317 Petaluma Blvd S., you’ll probably recall that Marvin’s occupied this cute little space just south of D St. for many years. Owned by sisters Tiffany and Kimberly Saxleby, and their mother affectionately referred to as Mee-Maw, this breakfast and lunch spot is a heartfelt tribute to their father, who encouraged this dream and passed away before they were able to realize it. The interior is 50’s diner chic, with classic rock playing jubilantly in the background. During Taste, Sax’s will be hosted by Marisa’s Fantasia (29 Petaluma Blvd N.) and will serve Chicken Fried Chicken Strips in house made Country Gravy. The chicken strips came out in a mug, resting atop a dollop of gravy. They were freshly fried and still moist inside, the batter was incredibly flavorful, a stark contrast to the often dull seasoning that accompanies fried chicken. Their cupcakes had been staring at me since walking in, and to my utter joy turned out to be for us. The cake was light, moist and flavorful and the butter cream frosting was in excellent proportion to the cake. Mee-Maw is the house baker, making from scratch all their desserts, cupcakes and even cinnamon rolls the size of your head.



The official Taste of Petaluma will take place on Saturday August 23rd from 11:30pm to 4pm, and I encourage everyone to come out and support Cinnabar’s wonderful theatre programs and Taste your way around town. Aside from all the scrumptious things to eat and drink, there will be food for the soul too with over 23 musicians performing around town. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Tickets are currently on sale and cost $40 for 10 tasting coupons. You can purchase tickets and peruse menus online at TasteofPetaluma.org. You can also visit Gallery One, Velvet Ice Collections, or Blush Collections to get your tickets in person or you can wait and purchase tickets the day of in Putnam Plaza.



Written by Jennifer Hawks, Petaluma Downtown Association
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An Ode to the Mini-Taste of Petaluma
by Petaluma Downtown on 

When I found out I’d been invited to Cinnabar Theater’s “Mini-Taste”, I nearly squealed with delight. I’ve seen the blogs and articles that surface after one of these coveted Mini-Tastes, which of course is the purpose behind treating local writers and bloggers to this culinary sprint of deliciousness. Taste of Petaluma might be my favorite event in town, simply because it’s all about the amazing food that is produced in our little hamlet. In its 9th year, The Taste of Petaluma is a full day (the day of August 23rd to be exact) of unbridled enjoyment of culinary creation, local wine and craft brews, that benefits Cinnabar’s programs. Tickets are $40 and include 10 tastes, and with over 54 participants this year, it will be a difficult endeavor to decide which 10 you’ll try.

The marathon began at Paradise Sushi; a sushi place that had somehow escaped my ravenous appetite for all things Japanese since opening in 2012 in the River Plaza, 20 E. Washington St. During the official Taste of Petaluma you’ll get a generous portion of 2 pieces of Ocean Roll (Calamari Tempura & Cream Cheese, topped w/Salmon, Lemon slices, Crab, Scallions & Eel Sauce) and 2 pieces of Ninja Roll (Shrimp Tempura & Crab, topped w/Tuna, Avocado, Red Snapper, Tobiko, Eel Sauce & Spicy Mayo). I’ve had ninja rolls many times before and Paradise’s did not disappoint. The Ocean roll had a hint of lemon zest that made the creaminess of the calamari and cream cheese pop. We tasted a few other items including various Nigiri and their signature Paradise roll, but the show stopper for me was the Ceviche roll, a fusion of Serrano pepper, avocado, salmon, red onion and cilantro. It captured the spicy, citrusy and salty sweetness of fish you’d expect from any number of coastal towns in Central America.

I’ve alluded to the quickness of this tasting tour, and sure enough before I had managed to devour the sushi and take a few notes, we were being directed to our next stop, Twisted 2, located in the Lan Mart Building at 29 Petaluma Blvd N. Owned by husband and wife team, Dick and Julie Warner, Twisted 2 is the second coming of their popular restaurant/wine shop Twisted Vines. Julie’s role is that of head chef, she carefully sources the food and creates a special prix fixe menu every Thursday through Saturday based on the freshest ingredients to be found, many coming from her own garden. We were served sashimi fresh from Hawaii with sushi rice & seaweed slaw, and a splash of crisp Sauvignon Blanc that was carefully selected by Dick to pair unobtrusively with the delicate flavors of the dish. The dining experience is intimate, with a maximum seating of 20 patrons per night, making reservations for their happy hour and dinner a necessity. We were also introduced to Couture Farms Pistachio Nuts that act as an Amuse Bouche before your meal begins. I already love pistachios, but these glorious little green gems were far from your average pistachio.



With pistachio shells still in hand, we raced down Petaluma Blvd to Thistle Meats at 160 Petaluma Blvd N. Business partners Molly Best and Lisa Mickley Modica opened their whole animal butchery shop and charcuterie earlier this year. They specialize in locally sourced and ethically raised lamb, beef, pork, chicken, duck & rabbit; among their other specialties; sausages, pates, terrines, charcuterie, salumi and even some local provisions like Wild West Ferments’ Sauerkraut, Green String Farm’s produce and duck eggs. During Taste of Petaluma, you’ll sample a variety of their salumi, charcuterie & sausages, including one of the tastiest Sopresseta Calabreses that I’ve ever encountered. To help wash down the savory tastes, McEvoy Ranch was on hand pouring their 2013 Rosebud Rose. Dry, with hints of cranberry and pink grapefruit, it had a crisp tartness and acidity that paired quite well with the rich fattiness of the meats. I’m unsure if that was a planned pairing, or just a happy coincidence.



Wishbone was next on our list and required a brief car ride down Petaluma Blvd. Housed in the Petaluma mainstay that was Three Cooks Café at 841 Petaluma Blvd N., Wishbone is operated by another husband and wife team, Miriam Donaldson and Josh Norwitt. Miriam greeted us and told us the story behind their Taste offering, bacon jam BLTs on house made Sourdough with duck egg mayo and heirloom tomatoes. Not only is their sourdough (and every other bread, pastry and pasta they serve) house made, but it was created from a wild sourdough starter that began on their family ranch. Miriam explained the process of making bacon jam; the best tidbits of bacon from a local farm are combined with caramelized onions and cooked for over 12 hours, then finished off with a bit of strong coffee and maple syrup. I particularly appreciated that the heirloom tomatoes that topped the BLT were sweeter than the jam itself, which was well balanced in flavor. Oohs and awws erupted from the table, and one tastee said it best, “This is too good to leave anything on the plate” as she furtively removed the last piece from its platter.


And so, with bellies full and eyes agog, we headed back to our respective lives. That is, until this Friday, when we’ll embark on the next chapter of Cinnabar Theatre’s Mini-Taste marathon.


By Jennifer Hawks, Petaluma Downtown Association
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Petaluma Music Festival goes Galactic
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Galactic to Headline 7th Annual Petaluma Music Festival


GalacticThis marks the seventh year for what has become one of the most highly regarded events on the west coast summer music festival circuit. The Petaluma Music Festival takes place on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center in Petaluma.


With past festival performances by national acts like Trombone Shorty, The Devil Makes Three, Jackie Greene, Xavier Rudd, and ALO, festival goers are always treated to a family-friendly event with a unique variety of  indie-band music for people of all ages.


Brokedown in BakersfieldThis year is no exception. Performing at the 2014 Petaluma Music Festival are New Orleans funk and jazz jam band Galactic, the California rock and soul of The Mother Hips, the country and westernThe Mother Hips sounds of Brokedown in Bakersfield featuring Nicki Bluhm, the Brooklyn funk and soul of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, the Americana folk of local singer-songwriter David Luning, the sweet three part sibling harmony of the T Sisters, the hip hop, jazz, and electronica of Adam Theis & Jazz Mafia, and the Louisiana sounds of Andre Thierry Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds& Zydeco Magic.  Joining these headliners are Bay Area favorites The Highway Poets, Levi Lloyd & The 501 Band, IrieFuse, The Pine Needles, Ariel Garcia, and The Market Farmers Band.


Rounding out the day are a silent auction, a celebrity autographed guitar raffle, a kids area, free drinking water, and a variety of specialty food, craft, and merchandise vendors.  The presenting community partner is the Lagunitas Brewing Company.


The Petaluma Music Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to “keeping music in the schools.”  All festival proceeds benefit the music education programs in all Petaluma area public schools. In the last four years, the Petaluma Music Festival has donated nearly $100,000 to keeping music in the schools, and we are looking to increase that number in 2014.


Tickets are $40 General Admission, $85 VIP Premium (includes shaded reserved seating with complimentary wine, beer, and light appetizers), and children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Ticket prices will increase on the day of festival. Students 13-17 can purchase $20 tickets at the door.  Tickets are available for purchase online at www.petalumamusicfestival.org and in person at McNear's Restaurant in Petaluma, the Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma, People’s Music in Sebastopol, and the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa.  Gates open and music begins at 12:00 PM and the festival concludes at 9:00 PM.  The festival location is the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Volunteer opportunities are still available, visit http://petalumamusicfestival.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=6301 to find more info and sign up!

Find the Petaluma Music Festival on Facebook!
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Summer = Sidewalk Sale
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Petaluma is steeped in its traditions and the GREAT Downtown Sidewalk sale this Friday July 25th - Sunday, July 27th, is a great example.  The Downtown Sidewalk sale has been a yearly summer tradition for over 20 years.  Today, not all of the merchant's sales take place on the sidewalk, but dozens of merchants will have incredible deals that are sure to have you happily skipping down the sidewalks. 

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.  A list of the merchants that let us know they are participating is below, but is by no means limited to this list. Merchants will offer a variety of deals, as well as coupons, free gifts, and more!

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 call (707) 762-9348 or visit us online.


Alphabet Soup 203 Kentucky Street,
Athletic Soles 49 Petaluma Blvd N 
Bliss Bridal & Black Tie 145 Petaluma Blvd. N
Blush 133 Kentucky St.
Chickaboom Vintage 145 Kentucky St.,
Cocas Diko 21 Washington St.
Copperfield's Books Petaluma 140 Kentucky St.
Ethical Clothing 122 Kentucky St,
French Hen Antiques 218 Petaluma Blvd. N.
Hollingsworth Jewelry 5 Petaluma Blvd. N.,
Hot Polka Dot 119 Kentucky St
iLeoni 120 Kentucky St.
Knitterly 1 Fourth Street,
Little Luma 21 Western Ave
Louis Thomas 150 Kentucky St.
Marisa's Fantasia & Marisa's Christmas 29 Petaluma Blvd N
Nicole's Fashion Boutique 7 Petaluma Blvd., N.
Old Shanghai 172 Petaluma Blvd. N.,
One Planet 5 4th St,
Pick of the Litter 143 Petaluma Blvd. N.
Pilates with Anne 35 Petaluma Blvd. N
Riverfront Gallery 132 Petaluma Boulevard N
Shunzi 141 Kentucky S
Soft Shell 1o Kentucky St.
Sorella Hair Studio & Fashion Boutique 6 Petaluma Blvd N
Stink 126 Kentucky St
Summer Cottage Antiques 153 Kentucky Street,
The Find 322 Western Ave.
Worthy of Love 226 Petaluma Blvd N.
Yoga One  110 Kentucky St

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The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival Grows Up
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The number 13 doesn’t have to be unlucky at all. The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival enters adolescence at a time when the event continues to grow — not only in attendance — but also in every other way imaginable.

Presented by the Petaluma Downtown Association, it’s a free party that is not only located outdoors, but focuses on the outdoors. The fun-filled family event is set for Sunday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People from all over the Bay Area enjoy a summer day on Kentucky, Fourth and “B” streets, strolling past charming booths, dancing to live music, and savoring the tastes of food and beverages only Petaluma has to offer.

Vendors clamor to be part of the festival, with a talented group of mostly local artisans who create exclusive handcrafted items, filling the streets. With 145 booths, the event has more than tripled in size since its inception, expanding to a larger footprint.

New this year is Sonoma Gnome Lip Balm, with flavors like Sebastopol Apple, Santa Rosa Plum, Sonoma Sangria, Healdsburg Cappuccino and to be unveiled at the festival — Petaluma Chai. According to the local company’s literature: “gnomes protect the earth and your lips too.”

Artist Jan M. Reddick’s unique nature cubes combine artistry with the outdoors. “My painterly impulses pull me toward botanical portraits of flowers, seeds, pods, leaves… in all their stages of life and decay,” says Reddick. Her objet’s d’art are made from foraged elements of tree moss, eucalyptus pods, tiny pinecones, fallen tree bark and other discarded pieces of nature.

Graffiti Glass Lamps showcase nature in the base of the lamp. Fairy Shadow uses recycled fabrics to make whimsical fairy dolls and floral hair accessories. The Bus Shoppe, a high-end boutique featuring bohemian chic, will be located near the stage. Other booths will highlight fine art and photography, skincare, repurposed treasures, garden and home décor, sun catchers, birdhouses, plants and succulents and more.

Experts will be on hand from The Petaluma Garden Club and Sonoma County Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Figure out how to grow vegetables in tricky Petaluma adobe soil and what makes a garden organic. Friedman’s is this year’s new premiere garden sponsor, offering a wide selection of plants for sale.

Although gardeners and shoppers will have a lot to keep themselves busy, they will also be swirling fine wines from Adobe Road Winery, Enriquez Estate Wines, Fogline Vineyards and Heidrun Meadery; sampling brews from Lagunitas and Petaluma Market beer; and tasting tidbits of food from a wide variety of local restaurants such as Brixx Pizza, Preferred Sonoma Caterers, Petaluma Market cheeses, Bert’s Desserts, Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap and Nick’s Coves. The selection of tastes for the palate changes with each year, but what doesn’t change is the allure of the live music that pairs well with food and drink.

See a stellar line-up at the main stage, located at the corner of Fourth and “B” streets. The 2014 music schedule includes Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!, whose Austin-bred sound moved to the Bay Area and pleases with a sassy blues-inflected country rock. Click, who now resides in the Bay Area, has a huge fan base including Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both who have joined him on stage. The band performs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Also new to the festival is Reckless in Vegas, an energetic act performing songs from the 1960s Golden Era of Las Vegas with tunes by Dean Marin, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Think the “Rat Pack meets Green Day.” The line up includes: Mario Cipollina, bass and vocals, Michael Shapiro, vocals and guitar, and Dr. Fu on drums. They hit the stage from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Returning to the festival and performing from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. is the Santana tribute band Zebop! Veteran performers of the festival, the band’s fans clamor for their return every year. Local favorites Luvplanet have also played the festival many times and are returning with their acoustic rendition of “Luvplanet Exposed with Mark McGee and Nicole Sutton,” kicking off the celebration from 11 to 11:50 a.m.

The music selection has also expanded with a second stage sponsored by Ray’s Deli & Tavern. Located on Kentucky Street in front of the “A” Street parking lot, an acoustic line-up will feature: sparrow’s 1-man groove, 11 a.m.; Nate Lopez, noon; Judy Radiloff, 1 p.m.; Ariel Garcia, 2 p.m.; Saffell, 3 p.m. and Lisa Stano with members of The Grain at 4 p.m.

Kids can enjoy the children’s corner, with hands-on arts and crafts, a climbing wall, face painting, super-slide, bounce house and more. Barefoot Books will provide story telling during the day and also have books for sale.

Adults and children of all ages will want to compete in the Chalk Art Competition, presented by the Petaluma Arts Center. An application to participate is available on the center’s website or at the Petaluma Downtown Association site. This is the third year for this fun activity. Those who aren’t artistically inclined to create a masterpiece will enjoy seeing works of art created by budding chalk artists.

The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival offers a treat for all of the senses — from the high caliber of food and wines from local restaurants and vineyards —to the unbeatable entertainment and premiere selection of arts and crafts as well as home and garden decor.

Food, beer and wine tasting packets are available for $25, including a commemorative wine or beer glass designed by local artist Lisa Krieshok, and 15 tasting tickets. Individual wine and beer glasses are $5 with individual tickets $1.50 each. Each year the festival’s artwork spotlights a different flower or plant, making them a fun historic collectible. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 707-762-9348. Find the festival on Facebook and go to www.petalumadowntown.com for a full list of participating vendors.

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NEW Busline from Dillion Beach to Petaluma!
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A brand NEW busline will be introduced on June 10th that will travel between Dillon Beach and Petaluma.  Marin Transit and Whistlestop have come together to offer Route 65  that will travel between Dillon Beach, Tomales, US Coast Guard Training Center and Petaluma 3 times a day on Tuesdays only. 

On Wednesdays, it will operate as a Senior Shuttle that will make one round trip weekly to enable senior and disabled residents of Dillon Beach and Tomales to shop and perform other errands in Petaluma.  Pickups will begin in Dillon Beach at 9:30am before going to Tomales and then Petaluma.  On the return trip, the last riders are dropped off in Dillon Beach by 1:30pm.

For details, please take a peak at the Route 65 bus schedule here.

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An Artful Wedding Venue
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Artful Wedding Arrangments is hosting their first Wedding Venue Party this Sunday, June 2nd, from 1-4pm.  Enjoy food & drink, delectable Wedding cake, live music by the Spyralites, and peruse the grounds of this 1915 working homestead in the heart of Sonoma County.  Voted Sonoma County's BEST Wedding photographer ,Victoria Webb will be joining in the fun with a photoshoot.

A actual officiant will be joining us for a "mock wedding", or perhaps even a real wedding.  If you want an easy peasy marriage ceremony, come on by with your marriage certificate!   Besides being a beautiful and affordable locale for Sonoma County Weddings, this event venue offers a lovely backdrop for any of your special occasions, we hope you'll be able to join us!

Details can be found on Artful Wedding Arrangements' facebook page.

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Someone Roaming the Streets Wants Me!
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Petaluma's Annual May Salute To American Graffiti

Turn off your iPods and cell phones, step away from the computer and… stand by for justice!


Remember flat tops, dancin’ the bop, and Friday night sock hops? What about white bucks, blue suede shoes and bobby sox? Petticoats, peggin’ your jeans and root beer floats? Goin’ steady, American Bandstand and getting’ your kicks on route 66? Cruisin’ the main drag, and grabbing a coke and a 15 cent burger at Mel’s!


This is American Graffiti!!


Join us May 15-17 as Cruisin’ The Boulevard honors George Lucas’ timeless, coming-of-age film, American Graffiti, most of which was filmed here in Petaluma in the early summer of 1972. Grab your favorite squeeze, jump into your hot rod, candy-colored screamin’ machine or the family car for that matter, and cruise on back to the “happy days” of the ‘50s and ‘60s.


Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti is a non-alcoholic community-wide celebration! It’s family fun for everyone…. from boys and girls to grandmas and grandpas! Proceeds fund our Petaluma Save-A-Life Project, Henry Travers' Memorial Scholarships, Petaluma Museum American Graffiti Exhibit and other projects and programs that support arts, education, history, safety and welfare.

So, put on your poodle skirts, peggers, jeans, white sox and loafers, and come kick up your heels to our live rock ‘n roll bands! Grab a root beer float, see if you can still hula hoop and check out all of the cool American classic cars and trucks cruising the same streets where the movie was filmed 40 years ago!


As the Wolfman would say….. Be there or be square baby!


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Butter & Egg Days Winners!
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2014 Butter & Egg Days Parade Awards

 

  • Sweepstakes - Best Use of Theme                                                     Moreda/Corda  “Years of Generations”

  • Helen Putnam Award for Best Entry Celebrating History                Petaluma Historical Library & Museum Association

  • Golden Hammer - Best NonCommercial Float                                 Harvest Christian School

  • Judges Choice Award - Best Entry Not Otherwise Recognized        G & G Supermarket                                                                                                          

  • First Place Antique or Classic Car - Commercial                               Lace House Linen Supply

  • Second Place Antique or Classic Car - Commercial                          Ghilotti Construction

  • First Place - Antique or Classic Car - NonCommercial                     Rick Mahoney

  • Second Place - Antique or Classic Car - NonCommercial                Cruisin’ the Boulevard

 

  • First Place - Costume Marching Group - Commercial                      Martial Arts USA

  • Second Place - Costume Marching Group - Commercial                 Redwood Credit Union

  • First Place - Costume Marching Group - NonCommercial               History Connection

  • Second Place - Costume Marching Group - NonCommercial          Nicasio Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West

 

  • First Place - Equestrian - Commercial                                                Wells Fargo Bank Stage Coach

  • First Place - Equestrian - NonCommercial                                         Petaluma Riding and Driving Club

  • Second Place - Equestrian - NonCommercial                                    Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Best Pooper Scooper                                                                             Petaluma Riding and Driving Club

 

  • First Place - Fire Engine                                                                                       Cal Fire

  • Second Place - Fire Engine                                                                                     San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department

 

  • First Place - Float - Commercial                                                       Petaluma Poultry Processors

  • Second Place - Float - Commercial                                                    McClelland’s Dairy

  • First Place - Float - NonCommercial                                                 Two Rock Valley Presbyterian Church

  • Second Place - Float - NonCommercial                                            Petaluma Panthers - Football & Cheer

  • First Place - Mini Float - Commercial                                               Plug Out

  • Second Place - Mini Float - Commercial                                           NBC Bay Area

  • First Place - Mini Float - NonCommercial                                        Petaluma Girls Softball Association

 

  • First Place - High School Marching Band                                          Petaluma High School Marching Band

  • Second Place - High School Marching Band                                      Casa Grande High School Band

 

  • First Place - Junior High School Marching Band                               Petaluma Jr. High Band

  • Second Place - Junior High School Marching Band                          Kenilworth Jr. High Marching Band

 

  • First Place - Other Marching Band                                                    The Dixie Giants

  • Second Place - Other Marching Band                                                The Rohnert Park Kut- Ups

  • First Place - Other Band                                                                    Cotati Accordion Festival

 

  • First Place - Novelty Specialty                                                           Lagunitas Brewing Company

  • Second Place - Novelty Specialty                                                       Capoeira Petaluma

  • First Place - Novelty Specialy - NonCommercial                               Petaluma School Libraries & Petaluma Public library

 

  • First Place - Veterans and Military                                                     Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 563

  • Second Place - Veterans and Military                                                M.O.M.S. Mothers of Military Service-Members

 

  • First Place - Walking Group with Animals                                        Golden Hills 4-H Club

  • Second Place - Walking Group with Animals                                   Azaya Ranch Sanctuary


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Petaluma's Newest Good Egg
by Petaluma Downtown on 

The 2014 recipient of the Good Egg Award is John Crowley.

 

The award is presented annually by the Petaluma Downtown Association to a community member whose efforts have helped preserve and contribute to the promotion of the city of Petaluma and its history. The Good Egg program’s goal is to encourage citizens to become advocates for their city and act as ambassadors and the Good Egg should be a role model in this way.

 

Nominated by Lyndi Brown, John is, in her words, “the Pied Piper of Petaluma cultural and social riches.” In 2001, he had an idea for a community-building event. Originally known as the Pub Crawl but quickly shortened to the Crawl, it became a roving quarterly event, exploring the city’s historic buildings, street and sometimes unknown spaces. Each Crawl visited several scheduled venues, including restaurants, galleries, taverns and shops. As the Crawl became well-known through word of mouth, the number of participants increased; visitors were introduced to the Petaluma charm we know so well. “It launched a discovery of back alley artist spaces,” Brown writes,” and some feel contributed to the present flourishing of the town’s art scene.” The Crawl lasted more than eight years before retiring because so many new activities were spawned in Petaluma.

 

Brown continues that Crowley, “still searching for a way to build and connect community, noticed the Moose Lodge was in disrepair, suffering attrition as members aged.” He saw the potential in preserving the building by refreshing its membership. He invited younger members to join and create their own interest nights and the club became the fastest growing service lodge in the country. It was also one of “the places to be” in Petaluma. The influx of new members, funds, talents and energy resulted in a repaired, remodeled and revitalized building and community club.

 

When the café at historic Foundry Wharf became available, Crowley eagerly stepped in and created Aqus Café, a community living room, a gathering spot for conversation, music, book readings, art exhibits and a wide variety of interest groups. The café,” Brown writes, “is the axle of the wheel for Foundry Wharf and a growing community of people who follow John’s example. “Talk to strangers. Then they become no longer strangers.”

 

Crowley is an excellent networker. His Petaluma Palooza is a hybrid of nonprofit showcases: equal parts business gathering, learning fair and fun. It offers local resources an opportunity to come together “to contribute, enrich and sustain the culture, commerce and creativity of our beloved Petaluma,” according to its Facebook page.

 

The café itself preserves one of the city’s first manufacturing sites, the Corliss Gas Engine Works, built in 1908. In 1990, Heritage Homes of Petaluma presented Foundry Wharf – of which Aqus is a focal point – with its Award of Great Merit for Historic Preservation.

 

“By promoting the spinning plates of Crawls, Moose Lodge and Aqus Café,” Brown concludes, “our Pied Piper of Petaluma is a worthy choice for Good Egg 2014.”

 

Join us at noon on April 19th for the Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremonies and history week  at the Petaluma Historic Museum and Library to honor John Crowley as 2014 Good Egg.  For more information visit: petalumadowntown.com or call (707) 762 9348 


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