Last Saturday, Lucas, Clover, and I headed to the nearby town of Petaluma to check out their first annual Rivertown Revival, a free-to-the-public arts-based community festival intended to celebrate local artists and the historical significance of Petaluma as a river town.
A “turn-of-the-century nautical theme, with a playful carnival kind of feel” was the aesthetic du jour, and the event took place on the McNear Peninsula, home to the 100-year-old Ghirardelli barn with views of the surrounding industrial area.
In addition to local art, live music, food and drink, as well as various sideshow type entertainment, the highlight of the event was to be a man-powered art-boat race and parade. However, not realizing that the boat stuff was only going on for an hour and a half of the all-day festival, we unfortunately totally missed it, arriving just after it had finished. Bummer.
As for some of the sights we did see…
Caught a glimpse of a few of the boats still cruising around, including the one above.
Vintage garb and parasols a’plenty.
Strange metallic creatures. I recalled this guy riding his mechanical scarab(?) at last year’s Handcar Regatta.
A wonderfully witchy woman with flasks for sale.
Gorgeous gals in gingham.
The sun-kissed river and a rainbow of ribbons floating in the breeze.
Folks kickin’ up some dust on the dance floor. These two tore it up, they were AMAZING to watch.
On this sunny day with little shade to be found, parasols were as much about function as fashion.
Little girls in vintage frocks with straw hats.
Big girls in vintage frocks with straw hats. A couple of familiar Santa Rosa faces, Theresa and Sally, looking super lovely and stylish, as per usual :)
Lucas chatting it up with Brian and Sally. By this time, my poor guy was really wishing he had worn a hat like everyone else, or at least remembered to bring his parasol ;)
I think Sally’s white dress with the beautiful red embroidery might just be one of the most perfect vintage dresses ever to exist! I swoon.
And what better way to end than with one of Clover’s radiant smiles, right? I tell ya, if we could find a way to harness the energy of a happy Clover smile, a small village could probably be powered in the process. The kid’s got quite a grin :D
Granted it was a first attempt at a festival that I’d say has huge potential to turn into something pretty awesome, I’ve gotta admit that it felt a lot like a watered-down (pun intended) version our own town’s upcoming Handcar Regatta, with man-powered boats on the river rather than man-powered railcars on the tracks.
I thought they could have gone a little further than “less steam punk, more Tom Sawyer” as an aesthetic to distinguish themselves. Just my two cents. Now, having said that, it was indeed a lovely day! (We just finished watching Season 7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, most hilarious season ever, but I digress…)
The whole thing did however, get me pretty, pretty, pretty,...pretty excited (ok, enough with the Curb references) for Sunday September 26th. If you’re anywhere in the vicinity, I highly recommend a trip to Santa Rosa to witness and take part in the raucous free-to-the-public spectacle that is The Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders.
I’ve got a super fun little old timey, circus-y, vintage dress that has been very patiently sitting in my closet SINCE FALL just waiting for said occasion to ROLL around!