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Fall means fun in Geyserville

Aside from a few smoky days from fires far away, we are enjoying a beautiful beginning to fall here in Geyserville. And more good news! As of this writing, the Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car Show is on! The fun starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 with the Fire Department Pancake Breakfast which runs from 8 to 11 a.m. There will be about 20 booths with crafts, information and food.

Best of all, the street and Park and Ride lot will be lined with amazing vintage vehicles in the Kiwanis-sponsored car show. Their passionate owners will be on hand to reveal and discuss the finer points of their cars with passerby. As with any event right now, there are a few caveats. Vaccinations are recommended for all participants, and depending on the COVID conditions at that time, there may be various additional restrictions. While we generally welcome any moisture in this time of drought, the event will be canceled in case of heavy rain. If you want to show a car or have a booth, go to the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce website for application information at https://geyservillechamber.com/event/fall-colors-festival-vintage-car-show/.

Fall Colors Event schedule

Sunday, Oct. 24

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Fire House

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Craft Booths and Car Show

1 p.m. Ballet Folklorico

2 p.m. - Car Show Winners Announced

2:30 p.m. - 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced

While the Pancake Breakfast will ward off any early-morning hunger, for lunchtime check out the Kiwanis famous Tri-tip sandwiches or pop into Diavolas, Catelli’s, or the Corner Project for a tasty sit-down lunch.

What’s it called when a restaurant reincarnates?

One other exciting bit of news - after a long absence, the once -famed, double-Michelin-starred restaurant Cyrus, previously of Healdsburg - is coming to Geyserville. It will occupy the modernist two-story building off of Highway 128 which previously housed Dallas A. Saunders Textiles (now at Schoolhouse Square) and other endeavors. This beautiful site in the vines will offer several dining spaces under the original team of Douglas Keane and Nick Peyton. It’s named for Sonoma County pioneer Cyrus Alexander, so his spirit should feel right at home here in the valley that carries his surname. Expect it to open in about eighteen months.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a good punny response to my own question above. If you’ve got an answer to this pressing question, do let me know.

A tale of two (or three!) Geyservilles

Driving back from Calistoga on the 128, I was delighted to see that we have a shiny new “Geyserville” sign with the official new population. However, the other sign, on Gayserville Avenue, gives a much bigger number. And the projected total from the 2020 US Census gives a third. What does it all add up to? No matter how you count it, Geyserville is still the quintessential small town in all the right ways.

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