Petaluma: Spring Happenings

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Petaluma: Spring Happenings

If you follow this blog, then you already know that I have a special affinity for Petaluma. Something about the convergence of the old with the new and general friendliness of the city is really quite magnetic.

There's also that wonderfully inviting sense that Petaluma continues to embody all the good of times gone by, while retaining very few remnants of the bad. As proof of my theory, I offer three downhome upcoming events in Petaluma that capture the spirit of the city and offer excellent opportunities to get better acquainted with it.

Butter & Eggs Day | Saturday, April 27, 2013
This home-grown parade and festival celebrate Sonoma County's agricultural roots. All told, the event brings about 30,000 people into downtown Petaluma (which, for the record, only has a total population hovering around 60,000).

This year the opening ceremonies for the Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival will take place at noon on Saturday, April 20, at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum at 20 Fourth Street. The ceremonies will feature a performance by musician Andreas Stevick, as well as the proclomations for the 2013 Good Eggs and Grand Marshals.

Then on Sunday, April 27, the parade will commence followed by a festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with artists, jewelers, local restaurants, food vendors, local businesses, and beer gardens. Also from 10 a.m. to 5p .m., at the info booth on the corner of Western and Petaluma Boulevard North, Spin the Dizzy Egg Wheel for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Fun!

Spring Antiques Faire | Sunday, April 28, 2013
Stay in town after the Butter & Eggs Day Parade for the 27th annual Petaluma Spring Antique Faire on Sunday April 28, from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m.

Set in downtown Petaluma, the Antique Faire has been called "The Bay Area's Premier Antique Center." On this special afternoon, downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid historic buildings, one-of-a-kind stores, and an array of restaurants and cafés, antique lovers can expect to join 8,000 cohorts in shopping a selection of affordable antiques from more than 180 dealers.

Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti | Saturday, May 18, 2013

Love cars and old-fashioned Americana? What about George Lucas? Well if so, Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti may well be the making of a wonderful afternoon for you.

Inspired by George Lucas' timeless, coming-of-age film American Graffiti, much of which was filmed in Petaluma back in 1972, Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti is an annual celebration of American Graffiti, classic American cars, cruising the 'main drag,' rock 'n roll music and the 'happy days' of the '50s and early '60s.

The streets of downtown Petaluma close down for a procession of about 350 classic cars accompanied by booths and entertainment.

Now I ask you, has a little nostalgia of this variety ever hurt anyone?

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Duane Wells