Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8pm – Sonoma County History Museum Speaker Series
Eric Stanley, the curator for Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia, will give a talk about the life of Kanaye Nagasawa and the many connections between Japan, Scotland, New York and Santa Rosa.
In 1865 during the Tokugawa shogunate, any attempt to leave Japan was punishable by death. Despite that, on April 17, 1865, a thirteen-year-old boy, boarded a ship along with fourteen other young Japanese students and set sail bound for Europe. The young boy was Kanaye Nagasawa and his departure from Japan was the first step on a remarkable journey that would lead him from the world of the Samurai to the California utopian community at Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa.
Joining elements of Japanese history with some of the essential stories of Sonoma County, Eric Stanley will touch on several important and sometimes under-recognized themes. These include utopian experimentation in California and the important legacy of Nagasawa as not only one of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the US, but an important vintner in the emergence of California’s wine industry (Fountain Grove Winery) and supporter of Japanese immigrants.
For tickets, call the museum at (707) 579-1500.
Friday, Dec. 4, 5-8pm – RING THE BELLS Event in the SOFA Art District
Ring in the season in the SofA arts district with First Friday Art Walk. For this special night, many artists will be sharing their studios, giving art appreciators even more opportunities to be astounded by the creativity of the SofA community. You are encouraged to bring a bell and serenade your stroll between studios. Refreshments, music, and merriment. Weather permitting, there will be marshmallow roasting around the campfire in the backyard at 312 South A Street.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:00-5:00 – RAILROAD SQUARE MERCHANT OPEN HOUSE
Join the merchants in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square for their annual Open House. Stroll through all the shops and enjoy holiday refreshments and enticing gifts for all on your list. Music and carolers will entertain you and free Horse & Carriage rides will transport you back in time. The Carriage Rides leave from the Depot every weekend up to Christmas day Eve, weather permitting, between 11-4 PM.
Bring your friends and family and stay for the Memorial Hospice Tree Lighting Celebration at 5 PM in Depot Park and join in lighting the Depot Park Palm Tree!
Sat. & Sun., Dec. 5 & 6, 10am-4pm – Luther Burbank Home Holiday Open House
Rain or Shine! The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 35-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out.
See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop.
FREE PARKING is available at First & “D” Streets, and enjoy FREE RIDES on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair (formerly the Dickens Holiday Craft Fair) held at the Finley Community Center.
Entry: 12 and older, $2.00. For more info visit : http://www.lutherburbank.org/special-events