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Guerneville Groove - April 2016 - Beth Rudometkin


Guerneville Groove - April 2016

by Beth Rudometkin

Oh where to begin… I thought about doing a spoof for April Fool’s, but some of what’s happening in our town is so unbelievable, you might have just laughed and brushed it off, thinking it was a joke! For instance, the Russian River Chamber of Commerce cancelling of the 70th Annual Stumptown Daze Celebration! Really? That would never happen….well, it did. But thankfully, those who believe in tradition, have stepped up and grabbed the ribbon off of the calf’s ear and taken over. (That’s Rodeo talk for those of you who are scratching your heads right about now). Thankfully, a few groovy local gals were not about to let such a family tradition float down the River, so Christina Pappan, owner of TRIO’s and long-time groovy, local bartender, Leslie “Jo” Booker reached out to Valerie Booker-Hausmann who has spearheaded the parade for numerous past years, to help save the Stumptown Daze parade! There will be several fund raisers between now and June 18th and I encourage you all to donate either your time or money in support of this long time family tradition! Thank you ALL who have already stepped up and continue to help make this happen. This year’s theme is Going Platinum – 70 years of Stumptown. And many thanks to the groovy Russian River Fire Fighters for continuing their annual fundraising BBQ afterwards! Come on out and eat some yummy BBQ and purchase your Russian River Firefighters t-shirts!

Another unbelievable fact is very few, if any, local businesses have stepped up to sponsor The Great Russian River Race, which changed its venue from Healdsburg to groovy Guerneville this year! This is the 6th annual race to help support a healthier river, through the Russian Riverkeeper, whose mission is to inspire the community to protect the Russian River forever. This event will bring a lot of attention to our town, so please contact me at Community First Credit Union for sponsorship information! Also, if you would like to participate, get more information at It’s going to be a boat load of fun, May 21st with live music, food, drink, costumes, etc. Very groovy event for everyone!

Here’s a serious fact that involves the groovy Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence… they are having a fundraiser in association with the Sonoma Parks Foundation and Vira, the California Mermaid for the Bodega Bay Fishermen at the Guerneville Vets Hall on Sat, April 16th from 6-11pm. As many of you are aware, the cancellation of the crab season has had a tremendous effect on our local fishermen, so please help them out. There will be a seafood dinner, live entertainment, auction and raffle prizes, so get your tickets now! For more information and tickets go to

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2nd Annual Russian River Food & Wine Spring Fling on Sat, April 23rd, downtown Guerneville from 1-4pm. This is a pretty groovy event, as you taste food & wine from 40 local restaurants & wineries while mingling with a lot of the business owners and local talented chefs. Tickets are now on sale at I encourage you to purchase online as there will be an additional $10 fee if you purchase at the door!

And we will close with a fun, groovy fact pertaining to local theatre. On April 17th, the Rio Theater continues its movie classic series in showing the original Wizard of Oz! Also in Monte Rio, from April 1-23rd, Curtain Call Theatre presents P.S. Your Cat is Dead, a comedy with claws… contains some rough language and some nudity, so drop the kids off to see the Wizard of Oz then go across the street to watch locals Dax Berg, Jake Hamlin, Dan Vanek, Tina Woods perform in this play by James Kirkwood, directed by Avi Lind.

Have a groovy April everyone!