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The 4th Annual Holiday Lights Parade will be on December 15. Keep an eye out.
The 4th Annual Holiday Lights Parade will be on December 15. Keep an eye out.

Holiday Parade of Lights
December 15

Featuring Goah Way Ranch
and Welcome Harmony Farm to the neighborhood

Nov 25, 2019
by Lyndi Brown


Holiday Parade of Lights – December 15

Bundle up, and join us on Main Street for the 4th annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 15 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Penngrove Social Firemen present the spectacle of glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights. Some merchants will serve soup, pizza, or hot cider to keep you warm. Roads around downtown close at 5 pm. You can park at Penngrove Elementary School 4:30 – 8:00 pm. The parade stages in Penngrove Park, 11800 Main St., and rolls up Main Street toward Adobe Rd. There is no fee to enter, just go to JavAmore Café, contact Kim at 794-1516 or email  . 

Buzz Off Honey at Goah Way Ranch

John and Darlene McGinnis of Buzz Off Honey / Goah Way Ranch

A small family business is Buzz Off Honey at Goah Way Ranch. I met beekeeper John and Darlene McGinnis at the Penngrove Market Craft Fair last month. They displayed delicious local honey and candles from the twelve hives he keeps on Lynch Rd., on the Gambonini Ranch. All comb is made by the bees. The honey and candles make lovely holiday gifts. John took up beekeeping five years ago, and took classes at SRJC from Serge Labesque. “Serge gave us plans to make hive components, so I make and sell those as well,” said John. And if you spot a swarm in Spring, ‘bee’ prepared by noting his phone number now for quick assistance at no charge. A swarm has just a 25% chance of survival if not assisted with their relocation. They stay at their temporary swam location for a very short period of time. You’ll see John’s white pick-up around town, emblazoned with his bee logo and his Buzz Off Honey / Goah Way Ranch name. Call him for gift honey, candles and bee hive equipment at 707 478-9787 or

Make a Holiday Table Centerpiece – Dec. 15 & 22

Artful Arrangements offers two centerpiece classes, December 15 and 22, from 10am to Noon. You’ll use a crafty water frog to hold freshly-cut foliage. The low centerpiece stays fresh for weeks. All tools, materials and refreshments are included. $10, or two for $15 (two friends, or a parent or grandparent and an older child). 205 Orchard Lane, Penngrove. Call Diane to register, because this class fills, 707-664-8656.

Harmony logoHarmony Farm Supply and Nursery

We’re glad to welcome Harmony Farm to the neighborhood. Here’s another small shop to enjoy on your gift hunt for the holidays. Any gardener would dance with delight for new gloves, seeds, tools and more.  Manager Cody Rich says they have live Xmas trees and bare root berries. By the New Year, roses and fruit trees will be in. Founded in 1980, they are the second oldest purveyor of organic plants in the country. The building at 5400 Old Redwood Highway also houses Soap Cauldron, FEED Sonoma, a candle maker, ceramics and artists. Look for it at the ‘Penngrove Narrows’ where Old Red goes from two to one lane. Did I just coin that name? 

Penngrove Quad Gate and Main Street Intersection

Thanks to Supervisor David Rabbitt and district Director Andrea Krout for providing this update: The pedestrian path is completed and the new crossing arms have been installed. Pavement loops are being installed and by December we should be substantially completed with the project. The bags covering the flashing beacons, the orange barriers, the delineators, and the ‘qwick kurb’ (yellow center barriers) will all be removed once the quad gate system is fully operational. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we went through the construction of the quad gates, pedestrian path and removal of the medians. This project will ensure that Penngrove Main Street retains it charm and stays safe. 

Volunteer for Earn It! Keep It! Save It!

Help hardworking families receive the tax refunds they deserve by volunteering for the United Way Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. Learn more at  

Penngrove Station By Lyndi Brown


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