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September 5, 2014

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Harvest Fair Honors 

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Al Cadd Receives
Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture Award from Harvest Fair

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair has selected Geyserville Chamber member Al Cadd to receive its Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture award. 

Al Cadd has worked tirelessly to preserve the farming lifestyle, which is so familiar to him and most Geyserville residents, so that others will be able to enjoy it for years to come. According to the story circulated by the Harvest Fair folks, Al was really surprised when he learned of the honor, which is no surprise to anyone who knows him.  

Al began working the ranch in 1947 upon his return from a stint in the Merchant Marines, the same year he married Alyce. The ranch has had several incarnations:  as a small 50 cow dairy, growing hops, and prunes, as well as apples. He also worked for the Sonoma County Flood Control and Water Conservation District for 16 years. Al and Alyce still live in the Alexander Valley farmhouse built by his grandfather in 1919. Their ranch, which is now planted in wine grapes, has been managed by son, Larry, since Al "retired" in 1991.

Since retiring, Al helped to found the Alexander Valley Association and served on their founding board.  He currently serves on the board of the Russian River Property Owners Association, and served as their president for 15 years.  He continues his work to protect the rights of local farmers and property owners and to preserve the area for agriculture, protecting it from urban development. 

Al, and the other Harvest Fair Award recipients will be celebrated at a special dinner held on September 28th at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  

More Local Harvest Fair Award Winners

Cameron Mauritson is the winner of the Harvest Fair 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer award.  Cameron is a partner in the family business and the current President of the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.
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Lise Asimont is the winner of the Harvest Fair 2014 Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness award. Since
2006 she has been part of the winemaking team at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, one of the chambers largest supporters.

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David Stare is the 2014 Harvest Fair selection for of their Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry award. David was the founder of Dry Creek Vineyards and a pioneer winegrower in Dry Creek Valley with a number of "firsts" in the wine industry.  He is now retired and daughter Kim Stare Wallace continues their success.

All of the Harvest Fair award recipients will be honored at the September 28th Awards Dinner at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  The Harvest Fair will be October 3-5.  For more information on the awards winners, the Harvest Fair or the Awards Dinner, please visit the Harvest Fair website.

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Calpine Geysers Tours

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Tour Leaves from Geyserville
One of the most often asked questions in Geyserville is, "Are there geysers?"  Of course the answer is yes, but the geysers east of town are usually inaccessible.  There is a Geysers Visitor Center in Lake County, but that is not much help to folks in Geyserville. So, if you've been curious about our geysers, here's your chance. Calpine will be conducting a tour of the Geysers that leaves from Geyserville, in the Oriental Hall parking lot, on Friday, October 10th from 9am to 1pm. 

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Danielle-Matthews-SeperasTours are free, but reservations are recommended.  For additional local tour dates or more information, visit the Calpine Geysers website, or contact Danielle Matthews-Seperas, the Geysers Community Outreach Coordinator at: danielle.matthewsseperas@calpine.com 
Calpine Geysers Tour
Friday, October 10
9am to 1pm

Oliver Ranch Fundraiser Hike

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The Oliver Ranch Foundation generously allows occasional tours of the ranch collection of environmental sculptures. Each tour benefits a non-profit group. Each spring the Geyserville Chamber has been a beneficiary of the tour program and the tours always sell out. If you missed out on this year's tour, we want to let you know of this opportunity...
Oliver Ranch Hike
 Friday, September 12th
4:00 to 6:30 pm
This tour benefits the Community School for Jewish Learning in Cotati.  Cost to participate is $50-- only 12 tickets remain. Call 707-664-8622 or email Vicki at shalom@sonic.net for details.

Geyserville Chamber October Member Dinner Changes...

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It's almost time!  Our monthly members dinners will resume in October. 

There are a few noteworthy changes coming to the dinners that we want to 
make our members aware of...  Due to rising costs, the price of dinner reservations will be increased to $26 per person.  The non-profit acting as our chefs for the month will receive $15 for each reservations sold, and the remaining portion goes to cover hall rental, insurance, and wine expenses for each dinner.

Also, due to ABC regulations, the bar will open promptly at 6:30--no sooner!  Doors to the Hall will open at 6:00.  Please DO NOT arrive earlier.

Mark your calendar now for September 25th, when reservations for the October dinner will be available online. And mark your calendars for the 2nd Tuesday of each month for our popular dinners. The Geyserville Kiwanis Club members will man the BBQ to bring us a delicious dinner on Tuesday, October 14th. More details to come. These dinners sell out quickly, so don't miss out.

FALL COLORS IS COMING!

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The Geyserville Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car Show is coming up soon! The Chamber is now taking applications for Fall Colors Craft Vendors ($50) and the Geyserville Kiwanis is taking Car Show applicants ($35). Visit the chamber website for more information.


Geyserville Shaken not Stirred

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We in Geyserville are thankful that we suffered no damage from the earthquake south of Napa on Sunday, August 24th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to fellow business owners and friends who are experiencing difficulties from this recent tragedy.  The Geyserville Chamber of Commerce would like to emphasize that all local chamber member businesses are open for business during regular business hours.

Sip, Savor and Celebrate!

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Tickets are now on sale for Healdsburg Museum's Sip Savor & Celebrate event on September 14th at Sbragia Family Vineyards.  Participants will sample award winning wines paired with delicious appetizers and have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for amazing items, including their famous "Instant Wine Cellar" prizes.  This benefit enables the Museum to continue it's "no admission fee" policy. Contact them for more information.

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Advertising Opportunity

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Last Chance!

Deadline to advertise in the upcoming Sonoma County Tourism map & guide is September 30th! Contact Connie Bowen for details:

connie@sutdiompublsihing.com

707-887-1609

County Line Road Work 

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Cal Trans wishes all northern Sonoma County residents to be aware of some work that will delay or restrict traffic on Highway 128 and U.S. 101 at the Sonoma/Mendocino county lines. The project begins Tuesday night, September 2nd and is expected to continue for two weeks. Work will repair drainage and paving in the area. Heads up and expect delays in the area. SLOW FOR THE CONES!

THANKS TO OUR CORPORATE GEYSERVILLE CHAMBER SPONSORS:


Big John's Market

Calpine Corporation

Francis Coppola Winery

Garzini Welding

Geyserville Inn &    
     Hoffman House Cafe

North County Properties

River Rock Casino

Silver Oak Cellars

Syar Industries, Inc.

Taylor Electric

Trione Vineyards
     and Winery

W.C. Sanderson Ford


Tel: (707) 857-3745
Email: moreinfo@geyservillecc.com



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