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Healdsburg Highlights - March 2017


Healdsburg Highlights - March 2017

The story in Healdsburg, as in all over the county, is rain…wow, have we had deluges. I am just back from two months in France and cannot believe how green it is everywhere. Of course, there is a bit of mud to clean up and damage to gardens and vineyards, I’m sure.  But, the drought has been declared over and that is the best news.

In Healdsburg, we kick March off with two weekends of Barrel Tasting present by The Wine Road ( This traditional first weekend in March was conceived to try barrel samples and futures throughout the three wine valleys of Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander. Popularity for this long-running event means that it has expanded to two weekends and is as much a tasting of current releases as it is of futures. The 2016 harvest was declared phenomenal throughout Sonoma County so Barrel Tasting Weekend(s) present the first opportunity to taste and buy this vintage as well as the 2015 vintage that has been aging in barrel. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this timeless and classic wine country event.

The Sonoma County Historical Society is putting on another of their famous historical walks. Here is a snippet from their press release:

The Sonoma County walks in the past have included Sonoma State Beach, Walker Creek, Camp Meeker, Occidental, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Monte Rio, Guerneville, Forestville, Sonoma, Tamales, Fort Ross, Plantation, Salt Point, Ocean Cove, Cotati, and Rohnert Park.

Jeff Tobes started the walks with the thought of sharing history of an area with a group of people while walking in the actual location to view the sites. He started by taking his middle school students on walks to explore the local environment highlighting geography and history. Then with the support of the Sonoma County Historical Society he included adults in his adventures.       

The walks start usually at around 6am, depending on the location and if buses are used. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided as well as the support vehicles that carry all the packs, food, and water. We even bring portable bathrooms on a trailer for the walkers. We have had upwards of 115 walkers in the past.

The society website ( has information and enrollment forms for the upcoming walk. Updates for the walk are emailed to previous walkers and are also on the website. The cost includes all meals, support vehicles, history, and buses. All proceeds from the walk go into the History Day fund in the name of Jeff Tobes for students that are participating in History Day events. These funds in the past have assisted students to participate in state and national competition since no other financial assistance is provided.

If you enjoy walking even a little bit and if you enjoy nature and history, you will enjoy this walk. The next walk is on April first. It will begin in Healdsburg and end in Cloverdale and will include Geyserville and Asti. Visit the website for more information.

Sounds amazing and a healthy way to spend a day learning about our County. And the Healdsburg Center for the Arts has a Young Artists Show up through March 12, 2017. These young artists crate at schools in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Alexander Valley and, as you know, we need to encourage them in their art adventures. There are other opportunities for artists at HCA as you can see below:

Calling Writers Everywhere

Writers, take your flights of fancy on the nuances around the topic: Art of Gastronomy in Poetry, Short Prose and Song. In connection with the visual exhibition, up to 12 of the written submissions will be added to the exhibit walls. Exhibition March 18 - May 14, 2017. Application Deadline: March 1, 2017. Literary Reading: April date to be announced. Apply Now: Art of Gastronomy II - Literary  For more information, contact Cynthia Helen Beecher at literary.hca@gmail or 707.696.1111 

POP! The Power of Printmaking

Applications for POP! The Power of Printmaking, a juried exhibition that encourages printmakers to explore their unique ability to disseminate widely, ideas and information about current themes and concerns. It is also provides an opportunity for artists and the public to experience the printmakers’s artistic visions and to appreciate the points of view of the illustrators, designers and other artists they collaborate with. POP! The Power of Printmaking exhibit is May 20 thru July 16, 2017.

Open to printmakers and printmaker/collaborator teams submitting original work. Fine printmaking forms are eligible: intaglio (etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint, messotint, lithography), woodcut, linoleum block, letterpress, silkscreen, collagraph.

As always, support our local arts and businesses.