Bear Flag celebration marks 50th year
VOLUNTEERS WILL LEND their talents to stage the story of the Bear Flag Revolt on Sunday during the Bear Flag Celebration.
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Honoring Sonoma’s rich sense of history and community for half a century, the Bear Flag Celebration returns on Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Plaza. Complete with a historical reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt followed by a chicken barbecue and microbrew tasting, the event is hosted by the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #111.
The 50th annual celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the dedication of the Poppe-Parmelee Building at 466 First St. E.
At 11 a.m., the traditional ceremony will take place at the Bear Flag Monument in the northeast corner of the Plaza. Adult-sized chicken barbecue meals will be served up hot for $12 from noon to 4 p.m. Smaller hot dog meals will be available for $5. And a $25 wristband buys access to the beer garden where more than 60 microbrews will be served.
At 1 p.m., the popular historical reenactment of the famed Bear Flag Revolt can be seen in the Grinstead Amphitheatre. Featuring a cast of local volunteers playing key characters such as Gen. Mariano Vallejo, the script was originally penned by historical reenactor George Webber.
Following the show, BackTrax will provide live music for the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, visit sonomanativesons.org or call Dean Zellers at 996-5282.