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Cloverdale Comments - February 2017


Cloverdale Comments - February 2017

by Carol Russell

“Community is a sign love is possible" —Jean Vanier

By bringing top-notch pubic events to our vibrant small city a special community composed of the events’ leaders, volunteers and supporters (plus the visitors their successes attract!) regularly creates many signs of love. February’s calendar especially demonstrates this via two intriguing examples, one of long-time tradition and the other of recent innovation. They are the annual Cloverdale Citrus Fair, a golden oldie celebrating its 125th anniversary and the Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS), a golden newbie, whose 3rd Annual Red Carpet Fundraising Gala celebrates the 89th Academy Awards. 

As a 501c(3) AVFS’s mission is to “…strengthen our community by captivating and engaging audiences, cultivating new fans of film, providing access and educational opportunities in the media arts, celebrating our collective humanity through year-round educational and cultural enrichment programs, and the annual Alexander Valley Film Festival.” 

Kicking off with the Red Carpet at 4pm on Sunday, 2/26, AVFS brings all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to Cloverdale thanks to a deliciously “Black Tie attire suggested #DivasWelcome” evening that features the Oscars telecast on the big screen of The Clover movie theater plus many other high glam highlights, including: models and costume changes; local wines and beers; elegant nosh; personalized seats at an After-Awards Dinner prepared by celebrity Chef Domenica Catelli; both a silent and a live auction (hosted by Rick Gomez, cast member of Band of Brothers and Justified). Tickets from $200 for individuals through a range of highlights-enhanced “Tables for 10”. 

Meet and possibly join those who are moving the community forward to the excitement of the Red Carpet! On February 6th at 5pm, as AVFS prepares for the big event, you’re invited to the Oscars Fundraiser Volunteer and Social Recruitment Happy Hour at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center! (209 No. Cloverdale Blvd.) For more information, to order tickets and/or RSVP for the 6th: 

It’s Always Fair Weather!

Though it’s often very pleasant there’s always a chance that the weather over the Presidents’ Day weekend will bring a nip in the air or even a dollop of rain. Yet, for the thousands of us who love the historic annual Cloverdale Citrus Fair whatever the third Monday in February and the three days leading up to it may bring, it’s always “Fair weather!”  

That’s because the Fair never fails to bring us days and evenings filled with great fun, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor entertainments and even opportunities for wonder, including: the fabled Fair Queen Pageant along with the delightful Lily Lemon/Oran Orange Contest for children; the big downtown parade; a talent show; live music, this year featuring Mariachis and the Blues/Southern Rock sounds of Double Standard; a petting zoo along with livestock shows co-starring pygmy goats, rabbits and cavys; unique and justly popular citrus-themed exhibits; culinary exhibitions; arts and crafts displays; wine tasting; and, of course, classic midway carnival rides, concessions, and all our favorite Fair foods!  

This year’s Fair theme, “Something Old, Something New, 125 Years With You”, honors a remarkable anniversary as 2017 promises four unforgettable days (Friday, 2/17, through Monday, 2/20) during which Fair visitors of all ages, backgrounds and interests will join in a community tradition stretching back to 1892 when abundant citrus crops were a major part of our economy. Plus, Thurs., 2/16, Fri., 2/18, and Sun., 2/19, offer “Broadway”, a Cabaret style evening show with no host bar. Enjoy Senior Day on 2/17 and Kids Day on 2/20! For complete information on each Fair day, times, tickets, Sr. and Kids Days, or any other questions, call 894-3992 or check                

Thus, the communities within the Fair and AVFS both demonstrate love and evoke it from an ever-wider community of the rest of us who show our love through participation in and support of these and other events and, if we’re lucky, even get to express our love and appreciation through a newspaper column.