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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French


Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2015

by Deborah Taylor-French

For my part I know nothing with certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”  —Vincent Van Gogh

Thirty years ago, Clifton Buck-Kaufman and Jim Boggio dreamed of making an accordion festival in the heart of Cotati. Clifton and I volunteered on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Arts Council. Clifton appealed to friends, agencies and businesses for support. Barbara Harris, then Director of S.C. Arts Council, helped the dreamers design the first two-day event, find advertisers and backers. In August 1990 many dreams came true. A pair of dreamers and their hard working friends delivered a multicultural and historic event filled with wide spread musical styles. At that first festival all the musicians played for free, beginning a tradition of donating all raised profits to educational and youth programs. The following year, Thomas Page School parents, students and teachers volunteered as ticket sellers and sold refreshments. I remember it well; our student and I sold tickets at the gate.

Original Accordion Festival Committee consisted of Eric Kirchmann, Rebecca Browne, Jim Boggio, Marian Kelly, Linda Rook, Pat Vulgaris, Vivian Weissenburger, Barbara Harris, Richard Cullinen, Clifton Buck-Kauffman, Keith Blackstone, Steve Balich, John Olsson and Sean O’Connell

Cotati Accordion Festival Silver Anniversary, Saturday August 22 & Sunday 23     

No pets plus no outside food or drinks, please. Plenty of tasty festival food and drinks will be ready for purchase. Ticket prices: Seniors 65+ with ID $15 General Admission $17 and two day tickets $27. Kids 15 and younger get in free with paying adult. For a schedule of musical performances visit

Questions or FYI call 707-664-0444 or Customer Service: 1-888-559-2576.

Friday August 21, 2015 Kickoff

Kick Off ticket sales available at all three Oliver’s Markets from 11:00 to 5:00PM. Go hear The Mad Maggies perform at festival sponsor, Lagunitas Brewing Company, from 4:20 to 7:00PM in Petaluma. Free music Friday at Redwood Café to raise money for Cotati Accordion Festival Student Stage

Cotati Coffee purchased in June by Isbell Boutte 

Twenty-five years of tasty coffee and tea continues under the lovely, friendly and knowledgeable new owner, Isbell Boutte. When I ask her about what tea she would be serving she explained the teas are from Fair Trade Company. They have an assortment of fresh muffins, too. Sign up for one of their frequent buyer cards, read their community bulletin board or sip a cold drink.

Up with Art Kids Day frolic    

Kudos to Cotati parade organizers for inviting Miss Sonoma County Outstanding Teen, Katie Gu. The kids in the park all wanted their pictures taken with her.  Thanks to Terry Dutra, Susan Whipple and a student for judging the parade entries. Cotati City Counsel Members Mark Landman and John Della Rosa tossed candy with glee. Fizz Nick Rick hosted and organized the kids games with the help of many a parent. The Diaper Derby looked as if it would never start, then the winner did a bear walk to win a great Costco prize. The art relay pulled in kids of all ages and every single kid got a prize. Great fun for all.

Promotions + new K-9 Team for Cotati Police   

At Kids Day, we enjoyed a chat with Cotati Police Chief Parish. He told us of the newest member of the department, “Remo,” a German shepherd and Belgian Malinois, in training for a few more months. Soon he will join Officer Deaton as Cotati’s K-9 team. Big WOOF out to our former police dog, Koda, for his many years of service, we hope he enjoys retirement. Finally a BIG SHOUT to the human half of our former K-9 team to Officer Christopher Kaupe on his promotion to Corporal.