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Whats Up in Windsor - November 2014

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Whats Up in Windsor - November 2014

by Tina Castelli

Town Green Expansion brings ho hum, Road Closures

I never thought I would see any segment of Old Redwood Hwy closed in my lifetime, let alone for several months. But, that is what is happening in West Windsor right now. A new exciting live/work community is being added to the Town Green – Civic Center area with several small businesses and a new Oliver’s Market. The project is called Bell Village, and according to their website, “A mixed use project on 25 acres adjacent to the Windsor Town Green. The project features just under 400 residential flats in four-story buildings over underground parking garages along with a 65,000 sq. ft. neighborhood shopping center and 12,000 sf of offices.”

Old Redwood Hwy will be closed for several months to a year as several phases of the project are completed. The first phase is well under way with the upgrade to water, electric and gas to the project. Some may remember this property as the old, “Windsorland” mobile home and travel trailer facility. In mid-century this was the place where all the hip mobile travelers stopped and even vacationed. I remember the gas station next door had a big children’s playground, the park had a big pool and folks would come and stay while visiting the Russian River. The first phase also includes the re-construction of Old Redwood Hwy from Windsor River Rd. to Windsor Rd.  Improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, parking, street lighting, landscaping and 2 new roundabouts at the intersections of Market St. and Old Red and Windsor River Rd. and Old Red.

The Windsor Farmers Market will be affected by the construction with a new layout that started October 26th and is running through the season closing Market on December 14th. The Market currently occupies Market St. and the Regional Library Parking lot forming an L-shaped market. The new layout will be in one straight line down Market St. starting at Windsor River Rd. and ending at the construction closure. All of the market’s vendors will be there with some in new places. (Maps will be available.) Parking is now available in the Library parking lot and we recommend it because access to the lot along Old Red belonging to Multi Contact has become part of the construction for the new roundabout  and there is no foot traffic from there. There is also plenty of parking on McClelland Dr. and Windsor River Rd. Next April 12th when the Market opens for 2015 season this new roundabout area should just be opening.

Annual Winter Wine Walk benefits Windsor Service Alliance 

Local Town Green businesses get together every November and open up their doors at night with wine and food bites from local wineries and restaurants. This event was originally created to raise money with 100% of the profits going to the Windsor Service Alliance, a non-profit organization that feeds the hungry. The event started in 2009 and sells out every year with a maximum of 275 attendees. At the time of writing this article they were almost half way there, so get your tickets now. $40 includes 17 tastes of local wines paired with local foods and a commemorative glass. Tickets on sale at Images or Atrellis Flowers and Gifts on the Town Green or call 707-837-8080.

Thanksgiving Tasting Feast at the Market

The Windsor Certified Farmers Market will be hosting a Tasting Feast with tastes and recipes recommended by Market chefs and vendors on Sunday, November 23rd at 11:30 am on the Town Green. Every year the vendors bring out their best recipes using their products, fruits and veggies. Meals are prepared with different meats and paired side dishes. Most of the ingredients are available at the Market that day for you to take home and add to your family holiday dinners. This year local wines will be added to the pairing and a local chef will be starting the Feast with a Turkey carving demonstration. It’s the Season, Let’s Eat!