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What's Up in Windsor - September 2016 - Tina Castellili


What's Up in Windsor - September 2016 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

Snow is back at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove this year, thanks to local business owners, David and Kathy Culley from KC’s American Grill.  David and Kathy first opened KC’s back when the Town Green was brand new and have been a staple local family restaurant in the Old Downtown Area ever since.  They recently went through a major renovation in their patio area and now offer a beautiful open air covered patio with giant TVs and overhead heaters and fans for comfort whatever the temperature out.  The Patio at KC’s as it is now called, overlooks the Town Green and has become a new gathering place for locals.  As an Old Downtown business owner, the Culley’s have supported the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove in the past, and this year stepped up to help bring back the snow.  “We wanted to help fund the nightly snow fall this year for the whole community, everyone missed it.”, said David. 

In 2015 the Windsor People4Parks group took over the management of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove from founders and longtime organizers, Karen Alves and Michael Powell.  When they retired many of the sponsors and especially one large winery sponsor retired, leaving a funding gap for the nightly snow fall that is estimated to cost close to $10,000 a year.  The People4Parks went ahead and put together a beautiful event last year without the snow. Over 200 trees were decorated by local families, individuals, non-profit groups and businesses. They upgraded lighting to include dancing rainbow icicle lights. They added “Family Friday Nights” events presented by the Windsor Farmers Market with live music, hot apple cider, crafts for the kids and live appearances by Peanuts characters.  All of these things will return this year with 2 Family Friday Nights planned for December 9th and 16th from 5-7 pm.  There is also an Old Downtown Windsor Window Decorating Contest in the works using over 100 Peanuts figures received from the Schulz Family and Snoopy’s Home Ice Gift Shop.

The trees will go on sale on the website starting on September 4th.  Prices for the trees have gone up this year because of the cost of fresh trees after the drought and new upgraded electrical, which will hopefully end all of the power outages of the past.  Trees for individuals, families and Windsor Area non-profits are $60, local businesses are $100.  This includes a live tree in a tree stand mounted on a half wine barrel with electrical and one red bulb on top to commemorate the original Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  The People4Parks is holding a Community Meeting in the Town Green tree grove on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 pm for anybody who is interested in helping plan, organize and volunteer for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove this year.  If you love this annual event come and help make it happen! 

Windsor Farmers Market celebrates the Summers No. 1 veggie?

Sunday, September 18th, 10-1 pm, the Windsor Farmers Market will be laying out a spread of the season’s best and most unique varieties of locally grown heirloom tomatoes and peppers at the 12th Annual Tomato & Pepper Fest. Taste over 50 varieties of tomatoes from local Windsor farmers like Sayre Farm, Reyes Farms, Russian River Valley Produce, Castaneda’s Family Farm and Alexander Valley’s Soda Rock Farms.  Taste with salts from Sonoma Spice Company and flavored balsamic vinegars from California Balsamics. Market vendors and local restaurants chop up a selection of salsas for a Salsa Tasting with organic chips from Casa Sanchez Food. Whether you like it hot or mild there will be plenty to taste for all.  The Windsor Chamber will be serving Bloody Marys and Mimosas, Wine Country Preserves has her yummy Tomato Jam, Natalia’s Kitchen offers a healthy all natural Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce and BurtoNZ Bakery and Costeaux’s Bakery will be offering Tomato Foccacias. Rick Tang will be showing his gorgeous Tomato Photography. Eat your brunch and bbq on giant wood picnic tables in the Sycamore Tree Grove while you tap your toe to live salsa music with the Batacha Quartet. Ole! 

Reminder:  The Windsor Farmers Market is open every Sunday, through December 18th on the picturesque Windsor Town Green.