“We try to make the best pizza that we can,” Pete Ogo, co-owner of Pogos Pizza, says. “Everything’s from scratch. We make our own sauce, and our sausage is locally made for us using a special recipe.” He pauses for a second, but that’s just to catch his breath. “We’re really picky. We only prep our vegetables for that day; they’re never old.” Pete’s getting excited. It’s undeniable that he loves what he does. “You know what? Our biggest goal is to have the best product in the community and be as involved as we can.”
The Kelseyville Pear Festival is a one-day celebration of Lake County’s harvest of pears, walnuts, olives, and wine grapes. This has always been a family-focused event that showcases the rich agricultural heritage of many generations. It features a grand parade, historical displays, local businesses, craftsmen, food vendors, musicians, dancers, horses, kids’ town, and community services. This is the best-attended, one-day event in Lake County. Sadly, 2020 has seen traditional community events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And again, Lake County endures horrific fires and weather conditions that make any sort of outdoor event nearly impossible this September.
It’s a warm summer afternoon, but under the covered work area behind the tasting room it’s shady, and the afternoon breeze pushes air through, cooling it further. Paul Manuel, owner of Chacewater, sits at a picnic table, face shield stretching around his head. “I’m sorry about having to taste out here,” he says immediately. “Two weeks ago, we had to shift our tasting room outside. And this is our work area.” He pauses. “I don’t know how much longer we’re going to have to do this.” It’s not so bad. The sitting area is casual, comfortable, and welcoming. In front of a stack of wine barrels stands a short tasting bar. Several picnic tables stretch across the patio, a couple sitting at one. The breeze is pleasant, and the shade feels cool. Classic rock plays in the background, and the couple sings along to the chorus. Just on the other side of the shaded area, olive trees stretch in rows, guiding the eyes further outward towards the mountainous horizon. Bright sun glints off the still-small olives, ripening in speckles of chartreuse and white. Come late fall, they will darken to shades of purples, vibrant greens, and chocolate browns.
The Old Time Fiddlers’ Jam will once again gather at the Trolley and play some tunes that will get your toes to tappin’! The grounds at the Ely Stage Stop are open from 11 am to 3 pm. The house (museum) is closed to the public due to COVID. The music starts at noon and goes to 2 pm. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 people to arrive. Masks must be worn. Bring your own lawn chair so that you can social distance in the grove.
Two hand made pine boxes to display poetry have been placed on Main Street in Kelseyville. The first is on the outside of Suites On Main on the south side of the street and the second across the street on Fore Family Winery I got permission from building owners and the support and encouragement of the Kelseyville Business Association and Georgina Marie, our Lake County poet Laureate. We plan to post new poems weekly and will use the display on Fore Family Winery for local poets. If you have comments or suggestion (or better yet POEMS) email them to KBA at email@example.com
The building first came to life in 1941, during the Second World War, when cars with rounded fenders and swooping hoods drove up and down Main Street, and people still came into town on their horses. The bottom floor houses a couple of shops that front the street, their full windows looking out on the tree-edged sidewalk. Pumpkin-orange in color and black-trimmed, the building’s rectangular form stands a full head above the market to its left and Smiling Dogs Winery to its right. There, in the left-hand corner, a small, black door stands, unobtrusively and easily missed. On the eave above it, a section of an old pear box hangs, “Suite On Main” stenciled in its worn, weathered wood. Open the door, and a steep set of stairs immediately rises, forcing the head to look upwards. Then down the hall, and it’s the first door on the right. Welcome to The Loft at Suite on Main.
Dust billows from our feet as we step out of the car. Sun glimmers through the oak leaves above; a retired trolley car rests nearby. We leisurely follow the path towards the barn, pausing to look at the various farm equipment, buggies, wagons, carts and stagecoaches that seem to appear everywhere. I have the distinct […]
Put your denim and diamonds back in the closet until next year. The annual Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise fundraiser gala has been cancelled for 2020. The Club has already started planning Denim & Diamonds 2021. Mark your calendars for June 26, 2021 for an evening of food, wine, auctions and fun at Boatique Winery.
Opening day of this year’s farmers’ market was previously going to include the first Poetry Pop-Up at the Farmers’ Market of this year where local poets would share their poetry with market-goers, an event by Poet Laureate Georgina Marie that started in 2018. Since this cannot take place on opening day, both Georgina Marie and Cornelia Sieber, Market Manager, still wanted to continue with the goal of bringing the market and poetry together by offering a poetry contest to celebrate opening day of farmers’ market season. Lake County writers are invited to submit a food or farmers’ market related poem. A panel of 6 readers will then decide on three winners: first, second, and third place. The first place winner will receive $80 in market money, second place will receive $40 in market money, and third place will receive $20 in market money to use on fresh goods at the market. All winners will have their poems displayed at the market on opening day published in the Lake County Bloom.
Jason Chavez, owner of Kelsey Creek Brewing Company, stands behind the bar, pulls on a tap, and begins filling a two-liter growler with a Mixed Berry Sour. Behind him, a sign sits on a shelf. “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” it says. “It could have been beer.” Over the speakers, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and The Highwaymen sing, “The road goes on forever, and the party never ends.” Jason chats about his beers as he pours, tilting the growler to the side as it fills. His long dark hair, pulled back in a ponytail, hides under a NY Mets hat backward on his head. A long, spiraling dragon tattoo winds down his arm. It’s been four years since Jason and his wife Caroline took over Kelsey Creek Brewing. Since then, Jason has used his creativity to craft unique, tasty beers that cover the spectrum of brewing tastes, from dark, malty stouts to ultra-light, crisp lagers.
On Saturday, February 22nd, over 330 adults and children attended the Kelseyville/Lakeport Father Daughter Dance. The event hosted children and adults of all ages and enjoyed celebrating new and old special bonds between generations. The dance raffled off over 60 prizes all donated by local businesses.
Currently, the Saw Shop is offering meals for four people for $40. “We originally started the family dinners in February,” Weston said. “On Monday nights, we were doing a ‘dine and donate’ for local charities. Then, about three weeks ago we decided to do the family-style dinners daily. Now every night there’s a different family-style meal available. You get everything you need to take home and have a complete dinner.”
On Monday, March 30th from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm (at latest), Aikido of Konocti will use Zoom to have our first remote online Aikido class. Anyone who wants to attend should download the Zoom app beforehand – from https://zoom.us and then use this zoom link for the event: https://zoom.us/j/871768082
Through my own recovery and confinement I’ve had some big insights on how to stay sane during this unprecedented time. I’ve also developed some ways to engage with the day-to-day that have helped me not only cope with the experiences of isolation, overwhelm, boredom, stress and FOMA (fear of missing out), but have me feeling the true freedom that can only come from within ourselves. Please join me as we explore ways to stay sane; cope with overwhelm, stress and boredom; and even find the pony in all this manure.
In light of the latest Coronavirus news, the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County has decided to cancel the service, at least for this coming Sunday. As you know, this is an evolving situation—almost moment by moment—so we will keep you apprised of future services. Please be vigilant and stay safe!
Travis Austin and Robert Owens have been performing music together now for over fifteen years. As a traditional guitar duo, they have performed all around northern California, gaining popularity with wineries, resorts, breweries, and private wedding events. Classically trained, Austin & Owens blend jazz flavors with Flamenco influences creating everything from elegant atmosphere music to electrifying stage performances. Austin & Owens perform material ranging from classical pieces such as “Ave Maria” and “La Malaguena,” to film soundtrack favorites, and even classic rock instrumental covers.
Lake County Democrats host a double feature of Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote and Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977 at their 2nd Saturday Cinema program on March 14th at 2 PM at the Kelseyville Event Center, 5235 Third St. in Kelseyville. All are welcome. Free admission. Program completes at 4 PM.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the first confirmed extrasolar planet, an accomplishment which was recognized with the Nobel Prize this year. We now know of over 4000 confirmed extrasolar planets, but we do not yet know how common planets like the Earth are or if any such planets are inhabited. Finding potentially habitable planets and searching them for life will be one of the great challenges of the next decade.
Recently, the Soroptimist International of Clearlake celebrated the achievements of eight Lake County women in three award categories – Live Your Dream, Violet Richardson and Ruby. Several award recipients were unable to attend. On February 27, 2020, at 5:30 pm, the celebration continues at an evening social, with awards for those who missed the earlier ceremony including: Live Your Dream Award winners Latoya Fortino, Amber Bishop and Jennifer VanderZwan and the Ruby Award winner, Crystal Martin.
The Daddy Daughter dances take place this Saturday the 22nd at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church and start at 5:30p. This event is set up as a California not-for-profit event and is staffed by a team of volunteers where 100% of the proceeds go back to the attendees of the event and the Kelseyville High School Rotary Interact Club who volunteer their time to help at the dance.
Celebrate Valentine’s Evening at the Taylor Observatory with a special presentation of Love Stories in the Night Sky presented in the newly-upgraded Norton Planetarium. Experience the romantic tales of Artemis and Orion, Perseus and Andromeda, the Chinese myth of Vega and Altair. Planetarium shows begin at 8:00pm and 9:00pm. After the show take a tour of the night sky and, under hopefully clear skies, enjoy stunning views through the observatory’s telescopes.