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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - July 2015


Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - July 2015

by Lyndi Brown

Fire! Trains! Parades! Mayhem!

I’m kicking off my Penngrove column with updates on last month’s news, and this invitation to visit for the July happenings. We won’t be beaten by fire!

Fire - The  Penngrove Market building stands empty, after fire damage forced its three businesses to vacate in May. Owner Martin Sessi says the attic fire toasted the roof and wiring. The insurer is evaluating the situation. Sessi is working with an architect on how to rebuild the 1882 structure to County standards. There are too many unknowns to conjecture a timeline or plan, but surely it’s a year or so.

Sessi has put his heart and soul into his various properties downtown, including The Grove center and Penngrove Station. His daughter Kaitlin just opened her lovely Hello Penngrove boutique in The Grove, so stop in, say hello and support her.

A crowd-funding effort for the business owners has raised $777 from the community (so far) at  Supportive  comments left there include:   "I have lived in this town since 1976 and I am and always have been proud to say I am a part of it. Let's bring this building back to life " and "Best wishes to all of you affected by this fire. Rise again like the Phoenix!"

Trains – Officials have promised to remove the cement barrier bisecting Main Street, in time for the July 5th parade. Afterwards, they will install a rubber barrier and, hopefully, it will be more forgiving to traffic..


Penngrove Celebration – July 4 & 5

This is the little town that knows how! A full pancake breakfast will be served up on Saturday, July 4th at the Rancho Adobe Fire Station, from 7 am – 11 am. It’s got to be the friendliest pancake breakfast in the county, and a time for neighbors to greet each other and welcome you. Adults are $8; children 12 and under $6.

On Sunday, July 5 it’s the 39th annual  “The Biggest Little Parade” at 11 am, followed by fun in Penngrove Park from Noon to 4 pm. You can purchase Bar BQ plates ( hot dogs, chicken, or beef). Enjoy craft booths, games, and music by Charley Baker. There’s nothing like a shady afternoon in the park, with music, laughter and friends. Proceeds support improvements to the Penngrove Park by Penngrove Social Firemen. p.s. Sorry, no dogs (per County health code); outside food & drink are not permitted in the park on Sunday.


Power Up! – July 11

This is your chance to see motive power in action at the Penngrove Power and Implement Museum (PPIM) on Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 4 pm at 200 Phillips Drive, Penngrove (off Old Redwood Hwy.), You’ll see three Fairbanks-Morse engines on the grounds and in the barn. The tractors come out and other farm implements and are on display. The air-compressor runs throughout the day to provide starting power for the stationary engines. The Pratt & Whitney R4360 is started up at least twice and is a real attention-getter. Stand back and get ready to hear 28 cylinders turning over and pushing the test prop around to create an impressive (and oily!) prop wash. There is no fee for the show, but you’ll be asked for a donation to help with the real expenses (utilities, insurance and fuel) to operate the exhibits, and to support restoration costs to fabricate or buy hard-to-find parts. 

Do you have something to exhibit? The Museum welcomes car, radio, engine, steam clubs and robot and scout troops to share their enthusiasm for the history of technology. PPIM is at (707) 795-4849 or learn more from