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North Coast Winds - March 2015

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North Coast Winds - March 2015

by Robin Joy Wellman

Greetings from the north end of the beautiful Sonoma Coast. The redwood sorrel is in full bloom creating fields full of little yellow blooms that are so bright and beautiful! Many of us have commented how we seem to have more sorrel this year than recent memory. I wish there was a folk tale about “the more sorrel you have the better the garden season”, but I know of no such saying. No matter, it is time to start thinking about our gardens. This year once again I am keeping it small with just a few new flower plantings, and hoping my good friend’s plant big and bountiful gardens to share with us at the local farmers markets. We are certainly blessed in our local counties as the farmer markets seem to be active all year with good fresh veges and fruits, from local gardens, and tasty treats. Our local market, the Sunday Community Market at the Fort Ross School, is active most Sundays and has plenty of offerings. It is a feel good thing to support your community by visiting these wonderful markets.

This month I want to highlight Stewarts Point Store. The history of the Richardson family goes back to 1868 as ranchers, loggers, and business owners with The Stewarts Point Store one of the longest and most active home town grocery stores along the Sonoma Coast. While they still own the building and land they have leased the gas station, store, deli, soon to open restaurant on the second story, and camping opportunities to new owners, Coastal Hospitality Partners. The store is very old fashioned with some original family belongings hanging from the ceiling and the classic front porch with benches for those down home conversations with news and ‘rumors’ of the local area. The campground is only minutes away with canvas platform spaces, wood burning stoves, outdoor kitchen and hot water showers. Visit their website for more information on the opening of the restaurant and to make campground reservations at http://stewartspointstore.com/  or call them at 707-785-2406. They are introducing 15 new signature sandwiches, new baked goods, and more salads. The Restaurant at Stewarts Point will be open soon serving soups, salads, Panini’s and pizza five days a week from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This is a gem on our coast, and the campground and amenities can’t be beat.
A few other things to do and places to visit of course is Fort Ross State Historic Park. March 1st the Fort Ross Conservancy is hosting a lecture and field exploration on Edible and Medicinal Plants of Sonoma County.  Tellur Fenner, clinical herbalist/educator and owner of Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center will lead the class. The tickets for this event are available at Eventbrite. To find out the start time and more information visit www.fortross.org
How many of you have passed Fort Ross and noticed the beautiful little chapel? Have you ever wondered about the story, the reconstruction and the current use of this remarkable history? Join us for personal stories of the “Restoration of the St. Nicolas Holy Trinity Chapel-

 History and Techniques, 1812 thru 1974”.  We are fortunate to have Maria Sakovich, a leading historian and independent scholar on the Chapel, Bruce Johnson, local master craftsman who worked on the reconstruction in 1970’s, and Deva Rajan, lead contractor in the construction of the Chapel in the 1970’s under the leadership of California State Parks. The event is March 28th at 10:30 am. Contact fortross.interp@parks.ca.gov for more information or call 707-847-4777. We all know a lot about our wonderful redwoods, but there is always more to learn. Join us April 4th for a presentation by the Save the Redwood League sharing new updates, current research, and tidbits about our amazing redwoods trees.

At the Gualala Art Center several events are taking place including an exhibit opening of ceramics, fundraiser for our local medical clinic, music performances, and art exhibit by our local children.   Visit them at http://www.gualalaarts.org/Events/index.html. At the Point Arena Lighthouse Scott Mercer will share census data of the Gray Whale. Please visit the website at
http://www.pointarenalighthouse.com/ for date and times.

And last, wishing you all a good time as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day – a little Irish quote: Oh, the music in the air!
An' the joy that's ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An' the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th'-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o' March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly