Gourmet Walk & Poetry in the Redwoods

Food & Wine Pairings, Music, and Poetry in the Park

Gourmet Walk in the Woods

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Saturday, July 21, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Enjoy a walk along the Pioneer Nature and Discovery Trails with appetizers & wine pairings sponsored by local chefs and wineries, followed by desserts, live music, poetry readings & silent auction in the Redwood Forest Theater!

This is a reservation-only, ages 21+ event. Reservations are $65 per person, $52 for Stewards members. Max capacity is 140 spots. If reservations are not filled, guests may purchase admission at the Picnic Area in the park. Attendees will arrive in 20-minute intervals (you choose your start time) at the Armstrong Redwoods picnic area and finish in the Redwood Forest Theater.

Tickets will be available (while they last) at the picnic area, starting at noon on the day of the event.

 


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Poetry in the Redwoods

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Saturday, July 21, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

California State Parks is partnering with Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and the poetry community in Sonoma County to bring Poetry in the Redwoods to the historic Redwood Forest Theater at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

This is a FREE, all-ages event open to poetry lovers, nature lovers, community families and friends. The event will be bookended by live music, a silent auction, and include readings by a diverse group of poets, along with youth participants from this year’s Poetry Out Loud competitions. Participating poets include Dana Gioia, California’s Poet Laureate; Sonoma County’s 2017 Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle; Sonoma County's 2018 Poet Laureate Maya Khosla; Phyllis Meshulam; Amos White; Brian Martens, and more!

 


We look forward to seeing you there! Sorry, pets (except active service animals) are not allowed on the trails or in the Redwood Forest Theater.

Menu - Gourmet Walk Attendees Only

Please note there will be limited dairy- and gluten-free options.

Station #1 - Picnic Area

Appetizer by Bloomsters - Guerneville
Paired with Korbel Champagne and Pacific Gravity Cider


Station #2 - Burbank Circle

Pasta by Chef Patrick - Guerneville
Paired with Viansa Sonoma Wines
Lagunitas Brew


Station #3 - Colonel Armstrong Tree

Chicken Curry on Ciabatta Roll by Big Bottom Market - Guerneville
Paired with Karah Estate Vineyard (Rose and Pinot Noir)
Lagunitas Brew


Station #4 - Back Stage Area

Oven baked Pizza by Oak Avenue Catering
Paired with Wild Hog Sangiovese & Peterson Red or Fogbelt Brew


Station #5 - Back of Theater

Desserts with Coffee or Tea                     

Music & Entertainment

The Sticky Notes

Steve Johnson (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Frank Blount (acoustic bass, vocals) are a popular blues duo who've been playing venues throughout Sonoma County since 2008. Rooted in a solid foundation of blues, our music also includes Americana (folk, rock, country) and goes beyond that with fresh original tunes based on all these genres. They like to tell a good story: songs of the ups and downs of life, love lost and found, and the oddities of our crazy world.

Follow them on Facebook!

 


The Willie Perez Trio

Description coming soon.

Poetry Readings

Poetry in Parks is a public spoken-word special event series that has been presented in California State Parks since 2015. Lands that are now California State Parks have long served as places of inspiration to writers, artists, and poets. California State Parks has a proud history of honoring California writers, with two units associated with and named after famous writers -- Jack London State Historic Park and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. California poets Ina Coolbrith, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Dana Gioia and Jane Hirshfield have all written works that reflect on California’s natural places.

The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Poetry in Parks is a celebration of that inspiration.

The Poetry in Parks model builds on collaborations with local poets, literary organizations, schools and non-profits to curate a program of poetry open to all ages in a California State Park venue.

This summer, California State Parks is partnering with Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and the poetry community in Sonoma County to bring Poetry in the Redwoods to the historic Redwood Forest Theater at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve outside of Guerneville on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21, 2018. This is a special free event open to poetry lovers, nature lovers, community families and friends!

Enjoy poetry readings by:

Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Poet Laureate
Phyllis Meshulam, Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Richard Loranger
K.M. English
Sandra Anfang
Jackie Hallerberg
Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate
Amos White
Brian Martens
Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita

Complemented with recitals by:

Poetry Out Loud students

Online + Silent Auction

We're kicking off the festivities with an online auction three weeks prior to the event, featuring specialty items and services from your favorite local businesses! All items will carry over to the Redwood Forest Theater silent auction.

Treat yourself & bid wild!

Volunteer

Stewards is looking for volunteers to assist at Gourmet Walk. This event involves a lot of moving parts, including set-up, greeting guests, serving food and beverages at various stations, and auction management.

Help us make it a memorable event by signing up to volunteer today!

Directions & Parking

  • From Hwy 101 N or S: Take the River Road exit in Santa Rosa and follow it west to downtown Guerneville. At the second traffic light intersection, turn right onto Armstrong Woods Rd. Follow Armstrong Woods Rd for 3 miles until the road terminates in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The event will take place inside the park in the Picnic Area.
  • From Hwy 116 N: Head northwest to downtown Forestville. Continue straight on Hwy 116 OR turn right at Mirabel Rd. For both routes, turn left at River Rd and follow it west to downtown Guerneville. At the second traffic light intersection, turn right onto Armstrong Woods Rd. Follow Armstrong Woods Rd for 3 miles until the road terminates in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The event will take place inside the park in the Picnic Area.
  • From Hwy 1 N or S: Turn onto Hwy 116 at the three-way stop sign. Follow Hwy 116 east to downtown Guerneville. Turn left at the traffic light intersection onto Armstrong Woods Rd. Follow Armstrong Woods Rd for 3 miles until the road terminates in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The event will take place inside the park in the Picnic Area. 

 

Free parking will be available at the entrance to the park. A shuttle will be provided. Regular day-use parking fees apply (there is a $8/car fee if participants choose to park in the picnic area). Those with special needs should call (707) 869-9177 for specific parking information and shuttle service. 

 


 

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