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Sonoma’s July 4th eighth best in country; rumor department; Gordon Ramsey calls it quits; Topsy’s Kitchen

Travel + Leisure magazine’s June issue named the top Fourth of July celebrations in the United States. Sonoma’s came in as number eight. The short paragraph description reads, “This wine country town also made the top 10 for town squares, and its adobe-lined plaza is where you’ll find Sonoma’s 4th of July parade with marching bands – followed by a carnival and topped off with fireworks.” It then recommends Charles Creek and Adobe Road tasting rooms and Sunflower Caffé.

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So if you make it through the crowds July 4, enjoy the foods served in the Plaza as fundraisers for local nonprofits. Rotary Club will grill hot dogs and turkey legs on its new “The Howie” grill, named for the late super volunteer Howie Ehret; Girl Scouts will serve rootbeer floats; Sonoma Music Works will prepare shaved ice snow cones; St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will have hamburgers and ice cream sandwiches; Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter’s Association will grill tri-tip for sandwiches; Native Sons of the Golden West will pour iced coffee and fruit smoothies; and a booth will sell cotton candy, caramel corn, pink popcorn and old-style candies and treats.

Sonoma Community Center event manager Mary Catherine Cutcliffe suggests we “follow the backpackers’ motto of packing out what they pack in and leave no trace on our historic Plaza.”

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Good news from Sonoma Market:

Judy Serres’ Serres Ranch blueberries are in Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market from their farm in Laytonville. The best anywhere.

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