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Sebastappeal - Sarah Gurney - July 2016


Sebastappeal - July 2016 - Sarah Gurney

by Sarah Glade Gurney

“Is it happening this summer?” folks have been asking about Jim Corbett’s summer concert series.

YES! Mr. Music has put together another great line-up, including local talent, for the free Peacetown Summer Concert Series, for the fifth year in a row. 

The routine is the same as before – every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at Ives Park. The series starts on June 29 and ends on August 31, 10 concerts in 10 weeks. Picnickers can bring their own dinner and dessert. For others, local food and drink will be available on site. The trucks and pop-ups will serve dinner, with Lagunitas Brewery, Taft Street Winery – and I’ve heard possibly some new purveyors – pouring drinks. 

400 to 500 enthusiastic people attend so, over the years, the seating has become a tad more organized: an open dance area near the stage, then blankets, low chairs, and higher chairs in the way-back. Come early. Bring jackets in case the fog rolls in.

The concerts are free to attend but not without expense. Jim needs sponsors, in addition to the City Council’s support through the Community Grants Program, for his 501(c)(3) foundation. He urges everyone to become a Peacetown Citizen for $50 [do the math – that’s only $5 per concert this year or $1 per concert if you’ve been to every single event. A Citizen receives a t-shirt, two drink tickets, and can vote for next year’s line-up.

At the top of the contributor scale, a $2,500 sponsor can contribute to an entire evening’s costs, receiving t-shirts, voting rights, and even greater benefits: a banner on stage, skybox seating, and a large ad in the program and on the poster.  

Help Jim out in any way you can. When you help Jim, you’re supporting the musicians, the vendors, the Love Choir, and you enrich the community and yourself. Details at

Speaking of musicians who enrich our community, another hometown, homegrown musician, Jerry Allen, has been writing songs with a message: keep it local. Here are the lyrics to his “We Gotta Vote, Every Day:”

We got vote, (VOTE), every day,

Where we shop, and where we save,

For you and me every day is Election Day.

Now we make a $100 put it in the big bank

They send it to Wall Street, ain’t never comin’ back,

But invest that money here at home,

Makes the jobs and businesses grow.


Went downtown, to the big mall,

They wanted my money, wanted it all,

To buy a bunch of plastic, made outta oil,

Pollutes the air and poisons the soil.

But then I came back to the local store,

Bought some food, locally grown,

And I feel good buyin’ from people I know,

It makes the jobs and businesses grow. 


Now the politicians get voted in every few years,

Then they go, far away from here,

They’re doin’ what the corporations say,

But we’ve got a vote, every day.


Past President of the Sebastopol Grange, Jerry encourages us to invest in our local community, “Sonoma County citizens send $22 billion every year to Wall Street banks and only 1% ever comes back. We can change that and rebuild our local economy by buying and investing with people we know!” 

The Grange isn’t just for farmers. “Everyone interested in building local community and connection is welcome to attend, participate in activities, and become a member. What can you find? Opportunities to become informed and involved,” reads the Grange website at

The Grange focuses on creating resilience, working together to build the future locally. The full monthly calendar includes a regular First Tuesday Farmers Guild and Potluck at 6 PM, a Third Tuesday Business Meeting for members only at 6 PM, and the Last Tuesday Monthly Potluck at 6 PM.

Join our effort to “Go Local!”