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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - July 2015


Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - July 2015

A New Beer Garden Coming to Petaluma

Plans are in place for a new restaurant Brewster’s Beer Garden that will be a nice extension of the Petaluma Riverfront. A San Francisco entrepreneur, Michael Geobel, is bringing this new large restaurant which will nicely complement Petaluma’s great culinary scene. He currently owns the Mamacitas restaurant in San Francisco as well as many bars.

His plans also present the possibility of adding dessert food truck or a coffee cart at this location. It will cater to families with a spot for kids to play. There will also be a spot for adults to play while enjoying a craft beer on their bocce ball court. 

It has a much anticipated opening date sometime towards the end of 2015. 

Marin French Cheese Celebrated their 150th Anniversary

To commemorate their long history, Marin French Cheese hosted a 150th Anniversary Celebration at the farm on June 14 to thank the community of friends, neighbors, employees, and customers that have supported them throughout the years. With many vendors’ products to sample, music from The Dixie Giants, and free food from Fabrique Delices, there was a strong sense of community at the event. Families gathered around picnic tables and sat on blankets to eat in the sun, others sat on bales of hay to listen to people’s stories and memories of Marin French Cheese.

Lynne Devereux, director of marketing and public relations for Marin French Cheese, said, “We’ve been celebrating our 150th Anniversary with a couple of different events throughout the year. This event today is for our neighbors. It’s for the friends and the community who have been coming here for their lifetimes or may be just discovering us. But it’s a thank you to the people who love this place. And we love them.” 

Become a host family through St. Vincent High School GPhomestay

Photo by GP Homestay

Saint Vincent High School is looking for host families for international students who will be attending their school. This is a fantastic way to learn about other people from other countries. My family hosted an exchange student from Norway who attended at Petaluma High School, and we now consider him a part of our family and even after years we stay in touch.  It is a very growing and enlightening experience. 

Through GPhomestay they are offering qualified families in the surrounding area for Fall 2015. To help offset the cost of families will receive a $1,300 per month stipend and access to local support. Students will be equipped with their own insurance and spending money. They are even offering $300 for just referring someone who becomes a qualified host family.

You can more information by going to their website For more information, please contact them at or (781) 996-0429. 

Sports Highlights

Three Petaluma grads picked up in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft

Two Petaluma High School grads, Anthony Sequeira and Daniel Comstock, were drafted in this year’s Major League baseball draft. Comstock, a catcher and 18th round draft, was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sequeira who is an all-around talented fielder was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 23rd round was picked up for his strong left hand pitching arm. The third, Francis Christy a Casa Grande grad, who is also a catcher will also join the Arizona Diamondbacks and picked up in the 7th round of the draft. 

Alison Scranton Breaks Personal and Redwood Empire Record at Discus Throw

On June 6, 2015 at a state final CIF State Track & Field Championships. Alison Scranton who missed her senior year graduation at Petaluma High School to attend the meet does not regret it. She tossed two incredible throws not only breaking her personal best, but the best in Sonoma County’s history breaking the Redwood Empire record as well. While only taking 4th place, she states it will be a day she will never forget. Earlier this year Scranton committed to Utah State for Track & Field. 

Taste of Petaluma Vendors, Don’t miss this culinary event of the year

In our recent post, Introducing A New #Petaluma Company: about a company that helps put businesses on the map, it says “It is also very important to be actively engaged with your community and have that face-to-face interaction with potential customers.” With that in mind we have the perfect opportunity for you to promote your restaurant or business to an enormous crowd of people who can become a potential customers for you in the future. The 10th Annual Taste of Petaluma is Saturday, August 22 from 11:30AM to 4PM. Any restaurant or food vendor can participate at your own location, or be hosted at a shop or gallery.  In an email to members from the Petaluma Downtown Association they encourage local businesses to get involved and is an excellent way to promote your business.

To sign up for this event go to the Taste of Petaluma website and click on the entry information and forms tabs. You can also contact the organizer Laura Sunday by email or call her at (707) 763-8920. 

The Petalumans of Yesteryear have a New Website

The Petalumans of Yesteryear, Photo by Bill Hammerman

A group of history minded citizens of Petaluma take on the personas of early prominent citizens of our city. They provide walking tours of the Historic Downtown dressed in garb from the times. They just released their new website that provides more information about the group and their personas. 

Some Upcoming Events You Will Not Want To Miss

The farmers markets are well underway for the summer:

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Walnut Park – Sat., 2-5:30pm: Over 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Live entertainment & activities.  Walnut Park. 415-999-5635.

East-Side Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. 415-999-5635.

Wednesday Evening Farmers Market – Wed., 4:30-8pm:  Two blocks of vendors, music & fun in Theatre District.

“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist” - through July 26, 2015.  Works on paper by the artist and his circle. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St.

Annual July Fourth Fire Works – On July 4, 2015 from 5PM to 10PM the skies will light up with fireworks celebrating our country’s Independence Day.  It will be located at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma.  The cost is $5.00.

Annual July 4th Bell Ringing Ceremony – This is a long held tradition for Petaluma to ring the bell at the steps of the Petaluma Historic Museum and Library to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.  The ceremony starts at 10:30AM.

Rivertown Revival – July 18,2015 Celebrates the slough of the earth with live music, art boat races, food and fun. More information on this on their website:



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