#Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Hosts “Holiday Crafterino”


Petaluma Holiday CrafterinoThe Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart presents its seventh annual “Holiday Crafterino” show, Saturday, November 28th from 11am to 4pm at the The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. The show brings together the best in local handmade crafts and gifts while raising funds to support Petaluma’s own COTS, Committee on the Shelterless. You’ll definitely be able to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list! The Holiday Crafterino has grown to become a much anticipated local tradition full of goodwill and cheer.

Holiday Crafterino BagInitiated in 2009 by several crafty gals, the Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart continues to offer Sonoma County a fresh collection of hand made products and the opportunity to shop local talent. The Holiday Crafterino is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to do good by supporting local organizations. For the seventh year in a row, the event will raise funds for COTS, the local homeless service provider in Petaluma. COTS offers help and hope to the homeless population by providing safe shelter and housing, teaching financial literacy, case management, positive parenting classes, work-force preparedness, and helping people get back under a roof of their own. Additionally, COTS provides 124,000 hot meals and over 750,000 pounds of food delivered to those most in need within our community annually.

The Holiday Crafterino’s much celebrated raffle is not to be missed. Local business owners spread the Holiday cheer by donating to the hourly raffle baskets which are chock full of local treasures and services from shops including StitchCraft and iLeoni. All raffle ticket donations go to COTS. To date this event has raised nearly $10,000 for the charity and hopes to donate even more this year. Saturday November 28th is also Small Business Saturday, this event is your perfect opportunity to support your neighborhood businesses and makers.

Petaluma Holiday Crafterino Handmade Cards Display“The 2015 Holiday Crafterino will be bigger and better than ever before as we expand to fill The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building’s two large auditoriums. We will host 59 well curated vendors and feature yummy local food trucks to help fuel the shopping frenzy,” shared organizer Melissa Abercrombie. Vendors will be selling everything from jewelry and bath products to clothing, art, ceramics and more. Some of our fabulous vendors included Bird vs. Bird, Bug Under Glass, Sonoma Spice Queen, Cookie and the Dude, and Griffin Map Design. The first 100 attendees will receive a fabulous and reusable silk-screened gift bag stuffed with goodies from local artists and businesses.

Holiday Crafterino Made Local Gift Basket DisplayThe Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart is organized by a group of local artisans: Nicole Vasbinder of StitchCraft, Melissa Abercrombie of Blue Ribbon Salvage, Tami Lovett-Brumfeld of The Felt Baron, Samantha Barsky of note•ify and Alice Kelzer of Alice Frost Studio. Shopping local is fun and convenient at this one stop holiday shopping experience!

Admission: $1 donation

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For further information please contact: [email protected]

Amazing Hail Mary Play in Last Few Seconds of SCL Championship Game in Petaluma

Congratulations to the Trojans for fighting for the SCL title after a very strong performance this season.  While I wished they had won the SCL title the last play with only seconds on the clock in a tied game was incredible. The Analy Tigers threw a hail mary to the end zone that was caught on video by Youth Sports Network.  Here is the play that ended the game last night.  Again congrats to the Petaluma Trojans for a strong finish of the season.  Sooooo close!

#Petaluma’s Molly Best of Thistle Meats Star Of La Crema Wine Video

The La Crema Tasting Room YouTube channel provides the following as a description of this video:

Molly is a butcher, an artist and a lover of nature. She devotes her life to healthy food options and bringing her community together. A woman full of intrigue with a quirky sense of humor, passion and desire to go against the grain. She makes her life a statement by being true to herself.

About the series: La Crema presents three stories of exciting, confident women who are paving their way in intriguing corners of industry. They are business owners, entrepreneurs, artists and unique personalities within their community. Our statement maker series tells the story of women who are taking risks, following their own paths, and making a name for themselves in the world.

This video was very well done.  We learned more about Molly and Thistle Meats.  Enjoy.

Some Great #Petaluma Aerial Videos From Local Cameraman

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John Campbell of Blind Eye Video is a local cameraman and we found some pretty great aerial videos in this week’s searches for #Petaluma content. So great that I thought I would share them with you on our site and we have added them to our Petaluma Aerial & Drone Videos Playlist on our YouTube Channel. If you have not already subscribed to our YouTube Channel please do so now as we regularly add not only videos we have created but ones others have created as well.   Click here for a full listing of our YouTube Playlists.

This is the first one we ran across that John posted just 6 days ago that is focused on the American Flag majestically waving over our historic grain mill and our beautiful Petaluma landscape.

The next capture is of our draw bridge on the Petaluma River that was first posted about a week ago.

Photographer Gary Kaplan to show #Petaluma’s Artists and Artisans

Artists and Artisans by Gary KaplanArtists and Artisans is a unique show that celebrates the diverse talent that Petaluma has to offer. Photographer Gary Kaplan visited twenty four artists where he photographed each artists in their work environment. Along with these stunning color photographs will be a piece by each participant that will be for sale. You get to see the face behind the art and where it was created.

Those being shown include fine artists, painters, metalworkers, ceramicists, violin maker, guitar maker, illustrators, tattoo artist, photographer, letter press printer, performance painter, bike maker, map maker, and a vintner.

Click here to see the Artists & Artisans Poster poster showing the subjects of Kaplan’s showing.

This show is schedule at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum located at 20 4th St., Petaluma for the months of November and December. Opening reception is on Nov. 14th from 5 – 9:00 PM.

Viva Las Vegas: #Petaluma’s Pacific Empire Chorus Wins 3rd at International Competition

“Fun! Flashy! Confident!” is the motto of Petaluma’s very own Pacific Empire Chorus (PEC) and it fits perfectly. The all-women a cappella chorus took its vibrant, playful energy all the way to Las Vegas for the 70th Annual Sweet Adelines International Convention and came back with a 3rd place win from the international midsize competition.

Pacific Empire Chorus originated in Santa Rosa over 50 years ago before migrating down to Petaluma. PEC is a four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style that sings a large variety of music ranging from modern pop to jazz standards. The women of Pacific Empire Chorus come from all over Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties, as well as a few from out of state, in order to be part of a winning show chorus.

Pacific Empire Chorus Region 12 Competition 2015
From Pacific Empire Chorus Website

But the chorus isn’t just about singing and competitions. As Director Patty Pennycook said, “It is about singing but what keeps you coming back is the friendship and the fun you have singing together every week. It’s sort of like a sorority that sings all the time. And we empower women … I can’t imagine being without this organization. It is something that makes everybody feel good to be part of and singing and dancing it’s just so good for your body.”

Pacific Empire Chorus meets Wednesday nights from 7:00-10:00 and is looking for women of all ages who love to sing. If you are interested in joining, you can find them at the First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma, located at 939 B Street.

Upcoming events for Pacific Empire Chorus include Santa’s Arrival Sing Out on November 28, Festival of Trees Tree Lighting on December 4, and their annual Crab Feed on January 30. The crab feed is also a silent auction, which raises money to fund PEC and bring in top coaches to work with the chorus.

Here is a video Pacific Empire Chorus Carollers singing a song for us last year.

Click here to find out more about hiring Pacific Empire Chorus for a performance.

VIDEO: TWiT.tv Getting Bounced for Beer: Host Leo Laporte Reveals Plans To Move To New Location

While waiting for his next guest, Leo LaPorte reveals the possibility of their studio moving to Redwood Business Park in the near future.  At the end of this video he states the new owner of the building wants to turn it into a brewpub.

Leo Laporte Reveals TWiT’s New Studio Location… by TotalDramaNet

“A Sleepy River Town Grows Up”

Petaluma Trestle and River FrontHow many of you read the special history section in the September 24th edition of the Argus-Courier entitled “Once a sleepy river town, Petaluma has grown up in 160 years? Since then, several letters to the editor have commented on how well written the various articles in that special section were and how much more they learned about our River Town’s early history.


Many topics were covered, including the history of the first newspapers that would later become the Argus Courier, the Petaluma’s Woman Club, the Petaluma and Haystack Railroad, the local schools, Petalumans-of-Yesteryear-300x155businesses, and the early medical facilities. Also included were a series of shorter articles with photographs of some of Petaluman’s esteemed citizens. Four of these featured residents are now portrayed by the “Petalumans of Yesteryear” – Lyman Byce (Inventor of the Chicken Incubator), Brainerd Jones (Architect), William Howard Pepper (Founder of Petaluma’s first kindergarten), and Capt. Thomas Baylis (Boat Captain).


cemetery-cypress-200x300If you missed reading this history section, check out a copy in the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library. If you wish to learn more about all nine of today’s “Petalumans of Yesteryear,” plan to attend the Museum’s annual Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 17th., 10:30 a.m. at the Cypress Hill Cemetery. (Fee = $10.00) For more information, phone (707) 778-4398.

Highlights of the 2015 Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

While Petaluma and Sonoma County have been known worldwide for wines and dairy products for many years, they are now building up a reputation for artisanal breweries as well.

The third annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival was held on September 12 along the Petaluma waterfront in historic downtown Petaluma to celebrate this growing culture. Patrons of the event strolled along Water Street, tasting various beers, ciders, and foods while viewing the river and listening to local bands Randy and the Special Agents and Sugar Moon.

Throughout the event, 20 local breweries showed off their fine brews, as well as a few cider, mead, and kombucha producers. To accompany all the delicious drinks, local food companies and restaurants brought everything from mac-n-cheese to tacos to pizza. For a list of participating vendors, click here.

Festival goers may have noticed the signs of autumn approaching in the slight winds and the chill in the air, but it certainly didn’t stop them from enjoy the festivities. Member of the Petaluma Valley Rotary Club and 2014 Citizen of the Year, Libby Fitzgerald noticed the general cheer of the event and said, “I’m having such a good time just watching everybody … It’s a mellow crowd, I love it. Everybody’s having such a good time. I think that’s my joy.”

The festival was put on by the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley and was run by volunteers, allowing all proceeds from to go back to the community, river projects, and local non-profits. The event’s sponsors were Basin Street Properties, Morris Distributing, Petaluma Market, Wilibees Wine and Spirits, and Petaluma Creamery.