Jan 2, 2018
by deTraci Regula
Once again the Illuminated Tractor Parade started off the holiday season here in Geyserville. Our entry from the Oasis was an illuminated gypsy wagon built by our volunteerTim Englert. Some extra child-pleasing energy was added with Arni dancing with a giant stuffed Picachu while one of our large macaws was keeping watch out the back door of the wagon. Now the clear cool nights are providing a nice holiday feeling as we move toward wrapping up 2017. The challenges of this year have been intense for the entire county, and I think we are all looking forward to a calmer year to come. May it be so!
Some changes have come to Geyserville. Bosworth’s General Store is reinventing itself, putting aside the hardware and farm supply aspects of the business in favor of other goods, including an increased focus on the sale of hats. A massive liquidation sale is clearing out the old and preparing to ring in the new. This has been immensely useful for Christmas shopping and while the selection is now rapidly diminishing, there are still some wonderful things to pick up at a fraction of the original prices. The Bosworths are still in charge of this iconic Geyserville business, so that won’t be changing. You’ll still be able to pop in and say Hello toHarry, our unofficial mayor of Geyserville! What will ultimately be happening in the soon-to-be vacant right-hand hardware store space is still under consideration by them, but I’ve been assured of what we won’t be seeing there - there are no plans to rent it out to become another wine tasting room. I’m glad to hear that and hope it holds. Here’s to keeping some fun and useful variety in our tiny little downtown.
Over at the Geyserville Visitors Center, there’s a need for local volunteers to fill some flexible, short but meaningful shifts helping visitors to Geyserville get the most out of their time here and to share a little of the area’s rich history. If you are interested in serving the community and meeting new people, contact Cosette at (707) 857-3356 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a pushover for holiday fun in the food arena, so the delicious Firehouse Chili served during the Illuminated Tractor Parade takes first place for me, along with the fresh popped kettle corn.
But coming in a close second is the array of new offerings at the Geyserville Coffee Company – previously Geyserville Mud. While I’m missing the humorous name, I like the brighter interior and the smiling face of new owner Kim behind the counter. She is in partnership with Warren and Bobbie of BurtoNZ bakery in Windsor, a New Zealand bakery which is now supplying Geyserville Coffee Company with baked goods and pastries. The best thing is that Geyserville now has a source of fresh-baked artisanal breads available. Life is better with a baguette! Or a rounded loaf of sesame sourdough. And in the bakery case is a wonderful selection of scones and other sweet treats. For me, though, the best thing is the case of hot meat pies and pastry-wrapped sausage rolls. As I’ve mentioned before, I first discovered these treats from BurtoNZ at the Valero gas station in Healdsburg. I was in a hurry and hungry and snatched up one of the minced beef and cheese pies, even though it seemed a little pricey at the time. That was it. I was a convert. Now I’m trying to save these as a special occasional treat but it is hard with them being only a minute’s walk away.
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