June through September
The Makahmo Pomo Year
(Rotated to show summer at the top)*
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By the end of June, the coast of Northern California is regularly enveloped in a thick, cool fog that may or may not persist into the afternoon. It is not uncommon to find oneself driving from a fiercely hot inland valley into a dense afternoon fog that hangs like a damp sponge over the beach. This is great if you are seeking relief from the heat. But if it's the sun and sand you're after, we recommend you call our friends listed below for a weather report before you go.
Check out our friends at the Tides Wharf Fish Shop or call them for current information on locally landed fish.
The Tides Wharf
835 Hwy 1
|Wreck of the F/V Point Reyes at Inverness on Tomales Bay|
Fresh halibut openings will be from mid-May through June.
The end of August through September is the time to come to the docks for fresh albacore tuna.
Surf fish should be in through the end of June; then start looking for smelt.
Rock fish should be in all summer, weather permitting.
Local clams can be taken if you have your fishing license. Abalone season runs April through June and August through November. You are required to have a fishing license and abalone endorsement sticker.
For up-to-date information on summer ocean fishing or bird- and whale-watching trips, you might give our friends at Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center a call at 707-875-3344.
Call the good folks at our local surf shack for up-to-date shore conditions.
|Sonoma County Peaches|
Berry stains on wood table
Families at play
Zinnias are up!
Two leaves promise bold June hues
Snails are on parade.
At the river's edge
Dragonflies mating en masse
An orgy in blue
Baby buck and doe
Standing in tomato patch
A paradise found
Inhale time and space
Swimming toward the sun's hot breath
Melting all but soul.
The kiss of nectar
Plump cheeks yield and blush
Sun clad innocence
Laughter wafts from river's edge
Sweet water, sweet sound
Searing heat sizzles
garden snails in their own shells
Part of nature's plan?
A colorful chorus line
Upstaging the rest.
An old ceiling fan
Beating away the white heat
High noon, midsummer
|"Summer Haiku" by Penelope La Montagne|
(Morning Haiku, 5:58 a.m. on
KRCB 91.1 FM)
|"This Way to Fine Fine"|
Summer Events by Month:
Please call the phone numbers listed for details
Art Events are listed on our Sonoma County Arts Update
For late inclusions see our page!
A month of color and long, warm days.
Healdsburg Farmers Market
Adds Tuesday afternoons in June, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the Plaza
Renee Kiff 707-431-1956.
A Taste of Redwood Valley
Mendocino County, 800-760-3739
Festival of Art and Wine in Duncans Mills
Including the Famous Rubber Duck Races
On the Russian River. 707-824-8404
Russian River Blues Festival
Russian River Rodeo
Parade and barbecue
Art and Artisan Show
Sonoma Plaza, 707-996-1090
Sonoma Plaza, 707-996-1090
|Good Rockin' at the Dry Creek Store & Bar|
The heart of summer, a time when picnicking really pays off. Reservations are recommended for everything.
You might see the vineyard crews cutting fruit from the vines and tossing it onto the ground. This baffled us our first season in wine country. It's called thinning, and although seemingly wasteful, it's an essential movement to the farmer's dance, for it isn't the amount of fruit on the vine, but the quality of the remaining fruit that counts. Thinning helps concentrate flavors in the remaining grapes.
Fourth of July Fireworks:
|Sonoma Town: ||707-996-1090|
World Pillow Fighting Championships
Loads of fun in Plaza Park, Kenwood.
Healdsburg Harvest Century Bike Tour
Sonoma County Fair
Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, 707-545-4200
Living History Day
At Forst Ross State Historic Park
Saturday Concerts in the Plaza
Sonoma County Showcase and Wine Auction
A wonderful, fun event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club
The month of wait-and-see: Cellar crews are busy preparing tanks and barrels for the coming crush.
From Grape to Glass Tastings
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol
Healdsburg Guitar Festival
Villa Chanticleer, 707-433-6935 or 800-648-9922
Street Dance on Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg Farmers Market Zucchini Festival
Polka dance party in La Plaza Park.
Sunday Concerts in the Plaza
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Old Adobe Festival
Square dancing and Native American dance at Petaluma Old Adobe State Historic Park
Wine Country Film Festival
|Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County|
From late August to early October, experience the full-tilt excitement of the harvest. Norteño, Mariachi or Tejano music blasts from the boom boxes, according to each crew's tastes. The pickers race with lugs of fruit held overhead to the bins where the foreman records the tally. Everyone's on the run. It's the focal point of our year.
Silver salmon season begins for offshore fishing and on the Russian River
Harbor Seal Watch
At the mouth of the Russian River
Russian River Jazz Festival
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Downtown Sonoma, 707-996-2109
Blessing of the grapes in Sonoma Plaza.
Women's Weekend #2
|Janette, Jack and K.T. enjoy a summer picnic at Fife Vineyards, Mendocino County|
*Figure 4a, p. 58, "The Makahmo Pomo, an ethnographic survey of the Cloverdale (Makahmo) Pomo," Peri, Patterson, McMurry (1985, Sonoma State Univ. Academic Foundation, Inc., for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento Dist.)