May 29, 2019
by Houston Porter
If it seems like I write a lot about music events at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum that is because the affiliated Petaluma Museum Association never ceases to amaze Petalumans with the level of entertainment the PMA offers on a regular basis. It also doesn’t hurt that the sound quality within the walls of the historic downtown Carnegie library is surprisingly clean and balanced, due in large part to the use of Douglas Fir, instead of the normal harder oak paneling that we normally see in buildings like this.
I also cannot resist writing about these music events because of the PMA’s association with the irrepressible Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., who is an absolute dynamo in person and leaves audiences convinced they just discovered their new favorite composer. She “weaves together myth, psychology, history, and the arts” in such a captivating way that the applause is just as vigorous for her presentations as they are for the performances that follow. And it certainly does not hurt that she plays a mean piano. She plays with a passion that can only come when one has a true insider’s understanding of the composer’s life and what drove them to create.
This brings me to yet another incredible classical music event being put on by the PMA and the Sky Hill Cultural Alliance. I say “event” because it is so much more than just a concert. On Sunday, June 16, the museum will open its doors for the 1 p.m. kick-off the “Schubertiade” which pays homage to the informal and unadvertised gatherings that revolved around food, drink, dancing, and the music of Schubert back during his short life. Sponsored by his wealthy friends, these events were more than just concerts but were all day events that flowed between music, food, walks through the parks and streets, and the occasional stop into the local pub. Schubertiades are still held today throughout Europe but this is the first I have heard of one locally, which makes this extra special. It will run from 1 to 6 p.m. with three sections of music, including Schubert’s Trout Quintet, with breaks in between for slide shows, stories, and some of Schubert’s favorite foods, which will culminate in delicious Viennese desserts. Early bird admission is only $30, before June 10, and $40 after that, with student tickets available for $10. www.petalumamuseum.com
Petaluma’s two summer farmers market's will be up and running as of June 5. The Theatre Square farmers market starts June 5 and runs everything Tuesday, starting at 4:30 p.m. through August 28. Downtown’s Walnut Park farmers market is already in full swing, Saturdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m., through October or November. INFO: https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/farmers-markets-of-sonoma-county-2019-season
Ribs for Kids is not only a great day of BBQ eating, but the proceeds go towards helping disadvantaged local youth. Put on by the Petaluma Active 20-30 Club, the 5th Annual cook-off is Saturday, June 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Lucchesi Park. Presale tickets are $35 for those of drinking age ($5 more at the door), with discounted tickets available for those of non-drinking age, including free entry for kids 12 and under. Admission gets those of drinking age 8 food tickets and a drink ticket, which is plenty to keep you fat and happy all afternoon. (Additional food and drink tickets are available for purchase.) Along with the BBQ pork rib competition, there will be a side dish competition, beer and wine, live music, and games and raffles. Yours truly has been a judge each year since the event’s inception and wouldn’t miss it for anything. Of all the food events I judge, this is by far my favorite, not only because it helps a good cause, but because the competitors, many of whom are simple backyard BBQ’ers, smoke up some of the best ribs I get anywhere. The event always has a few open spots so if you want to try your hand at competing, get a hold of them ASAP to see if you sneak in. The entry fee includes the meat for the competition. Visit www.petaluma2030.org/ribs-for-kids for more info.
Petaluma Drinks was such a hit in its first year, that it has expanded its offerings this year to include ticket add-ons, such as the pre-event cocktail party at Whisper Sisters on the Friday before the event and a paired dinner at Stockhome on Saturday evening. The event runs across the weekend of June 15 & 16, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is a celebration of local breweries, wineries, and distilleries and gives guests a chance to not only taste but also visit tasting rooms they might not be able to otherwise. Tickets are $65, with additional charges for the cocktail party and paired dinner add-on. Visitwww.petalumadrinks.com for more info.
The Petaluma Footrace is back after a three year break, thanks to Petaluma’s Mentor Me and LUMA Fitness joining forces to help bring back the return of this proud community tradition. On Saturday, June 22, starting at 8 a.m., runners and walkers will have their choice of a 3 and 5 mile course through beautiful Shollenberger Park, with a post-race celebration and expo featuring food, drink, live music, and booths of local businesses, including the two main sponsors, Keller Estate and Lagunitas Brewing Company. www.petalumafootrace.com
The North Bay Rowing Club starts its summer programs just in time for clouds to part and the sun to shine through. The Juniors Summer Camp has five sessions, each a week long, running from 9 to noon each day. Start dates are June 10 & 17, July 15 & 29, and August 5. The first starts on June 10th and finishing with the August 5th – 9th session. The cost is $175 per week however students do not need to attend each week in order to get still get a lot out of the program. Additionally, there the Adult Learn-to-Row classes, which are weekends from 9 a.m. to noon, start on June 15, July 15, and August 10 and are $150 per weekend. www.northbayrowing.org
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