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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - July 2016


Penngrove Station  - July 2016

by Lyndi Brown

Summer Fun!

In summertime, my column practically writes itself. There’s so many fun things to do, eat, enjoy and explore. My favorite day trips are with a few girlfriends, dubbed the Water Babes, in search of the perfect swim. There’s nothing finer than a drive to Tomales Bay for swimming at Shell Beach, a part of Tomales Bay State Park. Pack in water and a picnic and you’re set! Another option is Steelhead Beach off River Road. Before it was developed as a Sonoma County Park, it was known decades ago as “Naked Beach”. I don’t know why I know that, do you? Despite my daily swim at Active Sports Club in Petaluma, I never tire of taking friends to this great 7-lane outdoor pool. Each time I go, I feel like I’m on vacation at a fancy resort. I have another secret spot, but…it’s a secret.

Anthony and I headed toward Sonoma last month to check out Rico Martin’s THE SPRINGS wONEder PROJECT. His beautiful murals spiff up eight businesses along Highway 12. We were lucky enough to run into the artist, who sat down with us for ice cream in la Michoacana where it all began. In 2011, Martin updated the original brand and designed the ice cream store interior. The idea was to create an environment that made you feel happy the moment you walked in. Yes, it makes you happy; very happy. When store owner Teresita Fernandez learned of the Facade Improvement loans from the county she suggested that Rico offer a design solution for the entire building which included Plain Jane’s next door. Start at 18495 Hwy 12, Sonoma CA and discover the others. Tip: read Martin’s website first and you’ll be out the door tomorrow.

Penngrove Celebration – July 2 – 3

Last month I mentioned the two-day holiday festivities in Downtown Penngrove. On Saturday, July 2, breakfast is served by Rancho Adobe Fire District from 7 to 11am at the fire station at Main and Old Redwood Hwy. Then, on Sunday, July 3, the 40th annual “The Biggest Little Parade” starts at 11am, followed by fun, food, music and more in Penngrove Park. I just received word that a SMART train will be on public display and tour. SMART had a unit on display during Petaluma’s Butter and Egg Days parade in April, and it was a gigantic hit.

Rivertown Revival – July 16

This day trip is known as “the most fun day of the year” in PTown. It’s heritage, high-jinks and a hootenanny. Once again Friends of the Petaluma River bring you Rivertown Revival: A festival to celebrate our town, community and river. From 11am to 8pm you’ll enjoy music, art boat races, delicious local food, beer, creative vendors, a large play area for kids and kids at heart, interactive art and more. Every year the volunteer team is dedicated to creating an unforgettable and eco-friendly event decorated with re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed materials as much as possible. Dress as yourself or any zany, odd, beautiful, ugly or avant-garde character you see fit. Your presence and creativity add to the event. It’s on the McNear Peninsula in Steamer Landing Park at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center (where Copeland St. dead ends at D St.) For Website and Facebook, search for Rivertown Revival 2016. 

6th Annual Hot Rods and BBQ - July 23

Who can resist free family fun? Penngrove Social Firemen present a fundraiser to maintain Penngrove Park and Clubhouse from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 23. See more than 200 cars and big rigs on display, and there’s music by Charley Baker. When you get hungry, lunch is ready from Noon to 3pm for $15 (includes a $100 door prize drawing for adults); $5 kids under 12. There’s no charge and no judging so enter your hot rod, classic car or big rig, 1974 and older. Remember: no dogs in the park (county health code) and no coolers. See you at 11800 Main St., in downtown Penngrove. Contact: John Rossi, (707) 981-7765 or email