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Issue No. 21 | May 2021


May Days and Beyond

Late spring and early summer is when Northern Sonoma County comes to life—literally and figuratively. In the vineyards, grapes are growing. In our gardens, fruits, veggies, and other produce bloom. In and around town, events and activities abound. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the happenings we’ve got on our radar.

What could be better than the one-of-a-kind artwork from Healdsburg’s own M.C. Harris and A3L3XZAND3R at The Harris Gallery? Their one-of-a-kind artwork paired with spectacular wine (see labels below). This is the game plan for The Harris Gallery Art + Wine Collection. The new endeavor, which launched May 21, will spotlight limited edition collector’s labels on beautiful wines made by Wells Guthrie. Guests will have an opportunity to taste the wines and experience the art in an outdoor Living Room that the Harris duo built along Healdsburg Avenue near the plaza earlier this spring. Tastings soon will be available by appointment. Visit The Harris Gallery website more information and to book. And don’t forget to follow them for regular updates on Instagram @theharrisgalleryartandwine

The Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society has reopened after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum, on Matheson Street across from St. John’s, reopened May 21 and will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required inside the museum, but reservations are not necessary. On exhibit in the main gallery is “Picturing Healdsburg,” highlighting the history of photography as viewed through local photographs and photographers. On display on the first floor is an exhibit about the Museum building, a former Carnegie public library, which is now a historical landmark.

As Downtown Healdsburg continues to come out of state-imposed shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new businesses are flourishing. Over the last few weeks we have celebrated a new tasting room for Siduri in the old La Crema space on Healdsburg Avenue, and a new outpost of Black Oak Coffee in the old Flying Goat space on Center Street. Over the next few weeks, we’ll celebrate two more openings: A tasting room for Marine Layer wines in the old Flight Deck space on Center, and Bon Ton Baby Studio, a babywear outpost of Bon Ton Studio, in the old Cupcake space on the Plaza. Get out and support these local businesses!

Looking forward into June, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is back with a weekend of events around Juneteenth on June 19, the date that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in 1861. The program represents a shorter but more comprehensive festival than in years past. It is part of Artistic Director Marcus Shelby’s new vision for the festival (see profile). The weekend kicks off on Wednesday, June 16, with jazz and cocktails on The Rooftop at Harmon Guest House. From June 17-20, other events range from concerts and lectures to trios and soirees. As part of these festivities, Mill District will host a ticketed concert on June 19. Stay tuned for more details.

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If you’ve driven by the Mill District neighborhood in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed that we’re underway with the infrastructure along Healdsburg Avenue. There are still cones redirecting traffic in front of Mill District, but the good news is that we expect the main thoroughfare through town to be all spruced up again soon.

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FEATURE Life in a Mill District Residence

As we put the finishing touches on the design of the first residences at Mill District, we’re very much focused on what life in one of our homes will feel like for our buyers. In short, our homes will live generously, inspiring varied and fulfilling days.

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SPOTLIGHT Marcus Shelby

In a sense, the new Artistic Director of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has been inching back to Healdsburg for most of his adult life. Marcus Shelby, the bassist, acclaimed composer, and new head of Healdsburg Jazz, has played in our home city’s biggest musical event for the better part of the last decade.

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