Traveling Event Series Showcases Sonoma Sights and Flavors

Located one half-block up from Sonoma’s historic Plaza, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art showcases exhibitions of contemporary and modern art and engages the public in educational programs for all ages.

This season, the museum is branching out from its space in downtown Sonoma to show off several other local destinations in the upcoming Great Places/Great Spaces 2021 event series, running August through December 2021.

Over the course of five events, art and food aficionados will travel to historic homes and farms in the Sonoma Valley to experience artistic and epicurean excellence up close.

First, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art invites local adventurers to Stone Barn Farm for a sunset sip & stroll gathering on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Located less than a mile from Sonoma Plaza, the property is one of  Sonoma’s oldest farms in continuous use, and features several original 19th-century structures.

On-site homeowners Gail and John Diserens commissioned architect Chris Cahill to design a modern home while maintaining the rural character of the old farm.

Both the Diserens and Cahill will be on hand for an insider’s view of this storied property. The evening will include a casual tour of the farm, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, art and more.

Other events taking place as part of Great Places/Great Spaces 2021 includes a Harvest Moon Dinner on Oct. 16 that begins at the Hydeout Sonoma ranch and moves over to Gremlin Farms.

At the Hydeout, guest will enjoy fresh oysters right off the grill and Dysfunctional Family wines courtesy of property owners Cynthia and Ken Wornick. Then, guests can walk through the gate over to Steve and Lori Bush’s Gremlin Farms to partake in all-you-can-eat dining with an Old West theme and special wines and other libations. 

The series wraps up in December with a Winter Wonderland Cocktail Party on Dec. 4, hosted by Hosts Scott Foster and Paul Arata at their striking contemporary home just minutes outside of downtown Sonoma.  In addition to good cheer and good drinks, the evening will offer a diverse collection of art, including sculpture and vintage posters, on view. 

With limited space available at these venues and homes, some events in the series are already full, such as the Hidden Hillside wine and food reception in September and the Spreckels Mansion dinner party in November. Great Places/Great Spaces 2021 event tickets are available at svma.charityproud.org.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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