May 28, 2019
by Beth Rudometkin
Yes, it’s summer, Summertime is Here……my time of year! Groovy song; groovy time on the Russian River; let’s get right to it as there is so much to do! Everyone loves a parade and there two parades in our area this month!
June 1st and 2nd is the Annual Forestville Youth Park Fundraiser which starts out with a parade on Saturday the 1st that ends at the Youth Park where you will find a carnival, BBQ and lots of music for two full days. Enjoy eating garlic fries, cotton candy, sipping a glass of wine or beer, while listening to the Willowside School Alumni Jazz Band, Pat Jordan, Gator Nation, Michelle Lambert and Pride & Joy. There will be numerous vendors, carnival rides, games, Bingo and much, much more. All proceeds support the Forestville Youth Park!
On Wednesday, June 5th the Russian River Chamber of Commerce Mixer will be held at River Bed Yoga Studio on Armstrong Woods Rd, beginning at 6pm. Right around the corner, be sure to check out Christa’s new German restaurant BROT!
Beginning Thursday the 6th the Russian River Farmer’s Market will be open from 3-7pm, over on Fourth Street, behind Hubert’s Hall / Fire Dept. Go taste some yummy locally grown fruits and vegetables while supporting your local farmer. And, if you are inclined to grow your own garden but don’t have the space, check out the local gardens, west of Monte Rio. They had some extra space, so go to www.russianrivergardens.com for further information.
Friday the 7th is the First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Guerneville; watch for balloons and chalk art/directions to all participating artists! While you are in the vicinity of the Russian River Art Gallery and Blue Door Gallery, go check out the new digs at the ol’ Village Shops, for Russian River Escapes and don’t forget River Queen has re-opened! So many groovy merchants in our town!
School will soon be out and if you are looking for something for the kids to do, check out our local library! They have a new robot, who’s current name is NOA (pronounced now), that is working as part of the library’s CoderDojo Program, which is open to kids ages 8-17. The class is every Tuesday from 3:30-5pm. There will be a “name that robot” contest coming soon! Go online to explore all that our local library has to offer: www.sonomalibrary.org/locations/guerneville-regional-library. If you would like to volunteer, check out www.riverfriendsofthelibrary.org. They appreciate support from you groovy readers!
Rockin' on the River starts Thursday the 13th with Poor Man’s Whiskey (Bluegrass/Country Jam) on the Plaza at 7pm and continues June 27th with Sonoma County’s Rising Americana Star, David Luning. Be sure to bring a beach chair, your dancing feet and a few bucks for the purchase of raffle tickets from your local Russian River Rotary!
Speaking of dancing, maybe we’ll see some Hula Dancing during the Russian River Stumptown Paradeon Saturday the 15th! The parade begins at 11 am on Main Street in downtown Guerneville. Thank you to the Friends of Stumptown for keeping this tradition going!
Saturday the 22nd there will be even more dancing to live music, raffle and BBQ at the 3rd Annual Pig & Pie Day at the Russian River Senior Center. The Pie Baking Contest will be judged by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins & Sheriff Mark Essick. The raffle includes a chance to win a wine refrigerator with 18 bottles of premium wine. Of course, we can’t have a BBQ without the famous Bushgen’s! Go online to purchase your $20 ticket as this benefits our seniors www.westcountyservices.org/russian-river-senior-center.
The Russian River Rodeo will be held on the same weekend, June 22nd and 23rdout at Bill Parmeter Field in Duncans Mills. Enjoy two full days of bull riding, barrel racing, clowns and BBQ! The following weekend on the 29th is the annual Bubbles & Bags Cornhole Tournament at Korbel. Be sure to purchase your tickets on their website soon as this event sells out quickly!
Don’t forget about our groovy, artistic, theater groups we have in the area! Pegasus Theater Companypresents Billy Nobody, a comedy, directed by Sharon Hawthorne and Darlene Kersnar. Through June 16th, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 4pm at the Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge on Church Street. Go to www.pegasustheater10.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets or call 800-838-3006. The play features our locals: John Rowan, Elizabeth Henry, Philip Tymon, Hans Bruhner, Wanda Wiemar, Lois Pearlman and Damien Olsen.
Curtain Call Theatre in Monte Rio presents MACBETH, The Witches’ Cut, directed by Michael Tabib, edited from Shakespeare by Avilynn Pwll. This runs from May 31st – June 22nd. It includes more of Shakespeare’s scenes about the Witches that are often cut from performances; a story of the attempts to magically control political events to protect their religious beliefs comes through. The Bard’s writing clearly portrays Lady Macbeth as a practitioner of the Old Ways and a woman of her time, when “might” was still considered “right”. This production is presented with a simple and straightforward approach to give a modern audience an insider’s look at what is commonly omitted form this great Classic work! Go to www.curtaincallrussianriver.com to purchase tickets. See you at the theatre and have a wonderful start to your summer!
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