Petaluma Foodie Festival–2014

This annual “foodie” event is produced by the Petaluma Host Lions Club with the proceeds benefiting the local high schools..

I think of it as an indoor street festival presenting an epicurean vision of local dining, restaurants, caterers, and food vendors offering their best for your consideration. Oh, and you can also eat and sample as much as you wish.

To add to the experience, several high school jazz bands provided entertainment throughout the event

Meow 2014!…Once Again (Cat Fanciers Santa Rosa Show)

The Santa Rosa Cat Fanciers Association  All Breed Show at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds earlier this month was a must attend event for cat lovers—who braved one of rare rainy weekends this season to attend.

Of course, there were many vendors of cat accessories…

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And attendees had a chance to adopt “Forgotten Felines”…

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We “braved” the rain to make our annual pilgrimage to the event and I have create a few galleries to give you a sense of the day.

Note that all photos were taken without flash so as not to disturb the feline stars and judges.

Photo Galleries

(Click on any photo in the individual gallery to open the collage for full sized photos. To return to the page from the open gallery, slick on the X in the upper left hand corner)

Attendees (Feline & People)

Contestants

Judges

California Water…or the lack thereof

Late fall and winter is “normally” our wet season when rain and snow deposits fill our reservoirs for future use.

In the California coastal areas, the landscape is normally quite verdant at this time of the year as shown in the first two photos in the collage.

The last two photos are the best evidence of  the present situation…Drought

Photo Collage

(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)

READER NOTE:  For a related “Water” post—related only in that it includes “Water” in the title—check out They’re Flipping Out on Water Street!

History At Your Feet Part II…Petaluma’s Carnegie Free Public Library

My recent perambulations downtown searching for thresholds and entryways created by artisans from another time led me to what is now known as the Petaluma Museum.

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

Of course, like many buildings in the historic district, it has a long history.  While I thought that I had thoroughly “covered” this building during past visits, I was persuaded by Katherine Rinehart to take another look. She advised it had a significant tile and marble entryway installed by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906. I thought I knew this building, but it was proof again that one can always discover something new, even in old territory.

For those not familiar with Petaluma, suffice it to say that the building in question is one of the many hundreds of free public libraries built by grants from Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries…

  • It’s purpose, set in stone, if you will, on the front of the building.
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

  • And just as Katherine noted, a marble and tile threshold message… set by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906.
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

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History At Your Feet Part I…Petaluma’s Downtown

The buildings on Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. are home to an active business and retail district but they also represent and reflect Petaluma’s past…

Kentucky & E. Washington

Kentucky & E. Washington

From my perspective, this area is also a terrific location for photography and I concentrated my efforts there from February to July in 2012.  See Downtown…Photo Grid

I thought I had thoroughly “absorbed” the area during my photo grid project. However, on a recent visit, I happened to look down.

Herold's

Herold’s

Granted I had noticed (but did not note) this marble and tile work from my past walks but I now wondered about the thresholds and entry ways of other buildings. So I decided to attempt a photo survey of sorts. I mainly confined my efforts to Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. bordered by East Washington and Western Avenue…

FINDINGS

  • Not every building has a marble, granite, or tile threshold or entryway.  Many are simply standard sidewalk concrete presentations.
  • On the other hand, I did find many intricate mosaic tile displays, some mixed with marble or granite.  Some contain the street address or the names of previous businesses from the distant past. For example, Daunt’s, Nielsen’s, S & G, L & M Drug Co.
  • Other locations did have tiled entrances but they were, shall we say, in various stages of deterioration.
  • Some locations reflect modern tile work which is quite colorful.

According to local historian, Katherine J Rinehart, much of the older work was by  E.W.M. Evans: “Evans and his sons are responsible for much of the tile and marble work you see in downtown building entrances. He died in 1942 and according to one obituary, ‘…he took pride in the work of installing monuments, vaults and granite curbing. He also installed many store fronts, tiled floorings and marble work.’”

Over time, more and more of the tile and marble work may disappear as remodeling takes place. In fact, I observed tile being removed and replaced with concrete last week in one location. 

My goal for this project was to try and document some of  what remains. 

For example, this elaborate mosaic tile apron on Kentucky & Western…

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…and the scenes in this gallery.

Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos.

  • Navigate between photos using the left and right arrow keys, or by clicking or tapping the arrows on the left and right.
  • Click “view full size” below any image to see the photo directly outside the gallery.

In Part II I will take you to the doorway of a famous Petaluma building>> (CLICK HERE)