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Geyserville Grapevine - November 2015 - deTraci Regula


Geyserville Grapevine - November 2015 - deTraci Regula

With the advent of fall, Geyserville is enjoying clear skies at the moment - keeping those wishes for rain alive. But those cloudless skies make a beautiful backdrop to the acres of turning leaves on the grapevines, even as we continue to hope for a gentle end to the drought as weather prognosticators promise the return of "El Nino" conditions. Will those weather wizards be right? We hope so!

 What's Up in Fall in Geyserville

Some special things return to Geyserville with fall, among them the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce monthly dinners which always feature a good meal and an interesting speaker on subjects affecting the town and region. Information for this members-only event is located at Not a business owner in the area? The Chamber offers a civic membership. And if you are looking for lodging in our beautiful area of the Alexander Valley wine country, check out the handy "Lodging" page on the site which will connect to many of the accommodation options in Geyserville. 

Come Join the Event of the Year 

The big event in November is, of course, the increasingly famous Geyserville Illuminated Tractor Parade and Tree Lighting. This year, the event will happen on November 28th in the heart of downtown Geyserville where dozens of illuminated vehicles - some not quite tractors - will parade past sidewalks jammed with holiday revelers. Shops will be staying open extended hours, so this is a great chance to pick up some unique holiday gifts. Be sure to check out Gin Gilly's vintage shop, Bosworth's General Store, the Locals tasting room, Meeker Vineyards, and all the other small businesses that make Geyserville such a special place to visit and shop. 

Be prepared for a wait at our local downtown restaurants, Diavola and Catelli's, which will also be keeping late hours for the event. But the "in" place to stop for an early snack is the Geyserville Fire District firehouse, where the famed chili and cornbread will be available for $5 a person - or for absolutely free if you bring a new unwrapped toy for the annual toy drive for underprivileged children. If you prefer hotdogs, those will be available just a few steps away at the Oddfellows Hall. There may be some snacks for sale around the Christmas tree as well. 

The festivities start early at 5pm with the arrival of Santa Claus and his long-suffering wife,  Mrs. Claus. (Who wants a husband who is never home on the holidays, or who sleeps all day on Christmas?) They will be at the official Geyserville Christmas Tree in the Park and Ride center on the east side of Geyserville Avenue. The tree lighting will be accompanied by caroling. Last year, as a newcomer to Geyserville, this charming event was the highlight of my holiday season. Handy tip - a little rusty on those carol lyrics? (Quick, what's the fourth verse to "Deck the Halls"?}  You can find them all online if you'd like to brush up, though song sheets may be provided again this year by local church groups.

Special Note - Only One Chance to See the Parade

 Last year the parade made two passes through downtown - but that turned out to be a logistical challenge due to trying to turn around the huge number of entries, some of which did not have exactly tight turning ratios. This year, the parade will be making just a single pass along Geyserville Avenue, so be on time and bring your cameras! You won't have a second chance this year. 

If you would rather be a participant in the tractor parade, entry forms are available online at the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce website, or you can call Karen or Bridgett at North County Properties at (707) 857 1728 or at The entry fee is $35 per vehicle. and at least a thousand lights must illuminate each vehicle.  For the mathematically impaired, that works out to a minimum of ten strings of 100 lights each. Personally, I'm a fan of multi-colored strings of lights - but the official requirement is for lights of any color. 

Don't happen to have a tractor handy? Parade vehicles don't have to be tractors per se, but must be a truck, tractor, or other vintage agricultural vehicle in order to be included.



Have more news you'd like to share about Geyserville? Contact me at the email address above and I'll be happy to include you in a future column.