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Weekend of Oct 26-28 is in Healdsburg's Future

This weekend brings us art -- theatrical, conceptual, musical -- and of course those of the winemaker.

 

It's the second weekend for "Harvey" at the Raven Performing Arts Theater. The play was written by Mary Chase, who pulled in the Pulitzer Prize for it in 1945. The 1950 film version starred Jimmy Stewart in one of his more iconic roles, that of Elwood P. Dowd -- whose inseparable companion is the eponymous  six-foot white rabbit. Here in Healdsburg it's directed by Beulah Vega, who says (spoiler alert), "This comedy is really about reality and who gets to define it."

Tonight Thursday is bargain night, all seats only $11 each; doors of the Raven Theater open at 7:30 p.m., tonight's curtain time 8 o'clock. Shows are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 3, Sundays at 2 p.m. until Nov. 4.

If theater's your interest, Cloverdale's probably not too far away, where the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center is presenting "How the Other Half Loves," a three-couple farce by Alan Ayckborn. Tickets are just $15, online from www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or in person at the show, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Shows are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday.

One of the season's last Healdsburg Farmers' Markets is this Saturday, enlivened by the special added attraction of a Pumpkin Festival. Pumpkin car races, decorated pumpkin cars, pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow contest -- plus pumpkin crafts and pumpkin treats, of course. It's 9 a.m. to noon, same hours as the Farmers Market.

And, as a bonus, if you stick around Healdsburg Plaza from 12 noon to 1 p.m., you'll get to see the very sweet Healdsburg Howl-O-Ween dog costume parade and contest. Click here for more details of Halloween happenings in Healdsburg.

Later that same day, the Old Roma Station Open House and Harvest Tasting shows off their medals -- 11 golds, 5 best of class and not one but two Sweepstakes awards, both to winery Pezzi-King. Join the fun Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., just $10 for a logo glass and all the medal boasting and wine tasting you can handle.

Other winning wineries include Bluenose, Hart's Desire, J. Keverson, Kelley & Young, Sapphire Hill, Shippey, Skewis and Willowbrook. There will be food on sale as well, from The Wurst. Located as you know at the corner of Front St. and Hudson, near the Depot.

Artist Elisa Verchavska Musson will be at the Hudson Street Winery Tasting Room during the event.  Elisa specializes in the pure tradition of the Old Masters, even blending  her own oil paint using original pigments from around the world.  Come meet Elisa and enjoy art, food, wine, and entertainment!

Healdsburg is gifted with almost as many art galleries as tasting rooms, and it's a challenge to keep up with them all. In fact it's a challenge to keep up with just one, the Hammerfriar Gallery at 132 Mill St.

They are currently featuring "Forward,"  a show of 13 contemporary conceptual artists including the dramatic work of Michael Garlington and Laura Kimpton, both well-known for their art at Burning Man. Garlington in particular is getting a lot of attention with shows in Sonoma and in his home town of Petaluma.

Sunday's big event is for members of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, their annual Member Appreciation Party from 3 to 6 p.m. It's held at an unusual but smart venue, the Atrium at the E&M building (which also houses the Hammerfriar).

Throughout the afternoon, a jazz quartet with guitarist Randy Vincent and saxophonist Bennett Friedman provide the music, local restaurants bring the food, sponsoring wineries provide refreshments, and it's all free - to current members of the non-profit. Learn about the event and membership at healdsburgjazzfestival.org.

What are you doing this weekend? Leave a comment and let us know!

Ann Carranza October 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
As part of the Healdsburg Farmers' Market Pumpkin Fest, we are hosting a Day of the Dead table where people can remember and memorialize their loved ones who have passed on. We look forward to expanding on this tradition that was started sometime in the past. See you at the market!
Dana Grande October 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
HTown Youth Theatre is also sponsoring a Haunted House for ALL ages this weekend through Halloween night. Located at the corner of North and Grove (old Purity Building), opens at 6 pm and runs until 9 pm every night. Come out for some scary fun!

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