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Weekend events canceled throughout the Valley


What was shaping up to be a busy weekend of cultural activities in Sonoma Valley, has evolved instead into a grim battle against nature. Almost every local arts and entertainment event planned has been canceled. If you don’t see any event here, be sure to call first before heading out to confirm if it is still taking place.

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Ragtime Festival

John Partridge, director of the Wine Country Ragtime Festival, announced that this weekend’s festival has been postponed indefinitely due to the fires.

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Sonoma Arts Live

“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I make the decision to postpone this weekend’s opening of ‘The Rainmaker,’ by N. Richard Nash,” said Libby Oberlin of Sonoma Arts Live. “Our hope was to run this weekend, and open our doors, our hearts, and share the gifts of this talented cast free to charge to anyone who might need a safe place to join together for a few hours, to enjoy a beautiful romantic story of ‘The Rainmaker’ and the larger-than-life vagabond who comes to town and meets a family suffering emotionally and physically from the droughts of the 1920s.

“We could all use a little of the magical thinking and spirit of Starbuck (played by Tyler McKenna) and the transformative power of hope experienced by Lizzie (Abbey Lee) and the Curry Family.

“Unfortunately, with the changes predicted for our beautiful town with the winds and forever-changing news, it’s just prudent to cancel until safer times.”

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Laughfest

Sonoma Laughfest, scheduled to begin on Oct. 13, has been canceled. “The whole Laughfest team and the Tansley-Herrmann family are heartbroken for Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties,” said Brooke Tansley. “We hope that you all are safe.” If you have any questions, email Tansley at brooke@sonomalaughfest.com.

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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

The museum tells us, “In consideration of the effects of devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa, the opening reception for David Ligare’s Magna Fide (The Great Belief) and Forge and Stone: Contemporary California Women Sculptors, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, will be postponed. Both exhibitions will open on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with the opening reception postponed to Dec. 9.

“In the coming weeks Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be open to the public free of charge as a safe place to gather. Our thoughts and prayers are with our community and all others experiencing loss with recent fires.”

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Sonoma Valley Fund Star Party

The Sonoma Valley Fund has postponed its Star Volunteer event that had been scheduled for this coming Sunday at Cornerstone. SVF board member Barbara Wells issued this announcement: “We recognize the desire and need of all in our communities to focus their time and attention on keeping themselves, their family, their property, friends and neighborhood as secure as possible. Our prayers are with everyone. We will reschedule our event when we can convene to celebrate all of the Star volunteers, as well as so many of those in our community who are heroes-in-the-making helping Sonoma Valley through this moment in time. We hope to convene at a later time when we all can enjoy the event with uplifted spirits. We will notify all those who registered for the event, and the community at large, when the time is right to reschedule.”

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Gundlach-Bundschu concert

Gundlach Bundschu and (((folkYEAH!))) are relocating their Monday, Oct. 16, show, “An Evening with Spiritualized,” to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. The show was originally set to take place in GunBun’s Historic Redwood Barn. Gundlach Bundschu Winery is still standing strong but needs time to continue to keep the winery safe and protected.

There will be a Red Cross donation station at Terrapin Crossroads on the night of the show for donations to help victims of this tragic wild fires from 5 to 9 p.m. Britt Govea, founder of (((folkYEAH!))), said, “We’re thrilled to have Phil Lesh and Terrapin Crossroads host this show in this time of need, as Gundlach Bundschu focuses its efforts on protecting its land and recovering from these tragic fires. Music unites us all in times of tragedy – see you in San Rafael.” Visit store.terrapincrossroads.net/tickets

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Tough Mudder at Sonoma Raceway

For the first time ever, a Tough Mudder race was set to take place in Sonoma Valley this weekend. The race has been canceled.

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Sonoma County Art Trails

The annual two-weekend open studio tour, featuring more than 140 artists, many from Sonoma Valley, has been postponed until Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.

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Belos Cavalos fundraiser

“Dancing in the Light,” the equestrian performance set for Oct. 14 in Kenwood has been rescheduled for May.

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Charles Schultz Museum

The Charles Schultz Museum is also closed until further notice. The Green Music Center has canceled the performances scheduled this weekend, as has the Luther Burbank Center and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.