How do you measure community? Let us count the ways.
You could start with some brick and mortar, a physical space, like the 27,000 square-foot National Historic Landmark and former grammar school sitting at 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma.
Since the walls of that building have been consecrated by the voices of children and adults, learning and laughing, teaching and acting and singing together for coming up on 100 years, you could count the variety of activities currently organized under that building’s renovated roof. That would have to include the scores of classes in ceramics, fiber arts, music, jewelry making, culinary arts, drawing and painting, languages, movement, master gardening, acting and making music, plus all the community meetings held there every year.
Or you could count the number of annual events that bring together thousands of Sonomans in celebration, appreciation and revelry, starting with the 4th of July parade, which seems to attract more people to be in it and watch it than the total population of the town.
Then there’s the annual city party, which turns the Plaza into a mass of happy humanity; or the free Thanksgiving dinner, open to literally everyone; or the Trashion Fashion Show, quickly gaining traction as one of the town’s most innovative, quirky and popular events.