Join Us: Sonoma Overlook Trail Town History Walk and Garden Party

Sonoma Overlook Trail trail stewards and Sonoma League for Historic Preservation  are sponsoring a downtown history walk and garden party at Maysonnave House on Saturday, Sept. 22, 3 to 5:30 p.m. to raise money for the trail’s current rehabilitation project and regular maintenance. Registration cost is $50 per person, which includes finger foods, a glass of wine and a leisurely afternoon in the beautiful Maysonnave fall gardens.maysonnave house

Participants can pick up self-guided walking tour materials at the historic house, 291 First St. East, and learn about the Plaza’s colorful and intriguing history from Chuck Bingham of the League.

Barbara White Perry, Sonoma Treasure Artist and author of Drawing Sonoma, will be on hand and has donated a framed drawing of Maysonnave House and a special bottle of Buena Vista Private Reserve Zinfandel from her vineyard for a raffle.

Volunteer trail stewards will also update participants about the progress of the  Overlook trail rehabilitation project.

If you have any questions contact Hope Nisson at hopenisson@me.com

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Goats? In Sonoma?

If you hike on the Montini Preserve Trail you will likely see goats chomping away on the weeds. This is one of the pleasures of hiking here—you are in for a treat to watch these cute creatures.

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Join us any Wednesday for a brisk hike. We meet 8:30am at the Sonoma Police Station parking lot for an hour-long hike on the Montini (while the Overlook is closed for rehab).

 

If you come to hike the Overlook Trail–Montini Preserve Trails are less than 1000 feet away!!!

To hike the Montini Preserve Trails park at the Police station lot (600 feet south of Sonoma Overlook Trailhead) on First Street West. The entrance to the Montini Preserve is behind the batters box. The trail is a 2 mile loop or more–map at entranceIMG_4710.jpg

Sonoma Overlook Trailhead–signs posted give directions to the Montini Preserve Trails or the Mountain Cemetery walking paths. (adjacent to Trailhead)

We just kicked it off!

We are underway with the Overlook Improvement Project. The kick off celebration this afternoon was festive and informative. Joanna Kemper, our host, was the emcee –she could be seen by all–standing on a very large rock. She also provided us with cookies and lemonade (welcome on a sunny day). John Donnelly gave a brief history of the trail, and Mayor Madolyn Agrimontij, along with Cathy Capriola, Colleen Ferguson and the Sonoma Public Works team shared their excitement about getting this project underway.

 

The Stars of the show was the team from American Conservation Experience that will be doing the work on the trail the next three months. They are young people from across the country (even Guam) that are eager to get started. We welcome them to our town and to our beloved trail.

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The American Conservation Experience (ACT) Team

Sonoma Raceway Hike a Huge Success

Thanks to all of you hikers who came to the Sonoma Raceway to hike. . . .and support the Overlook Trail. We had 130 hikers which we split into two groups—one group did 6 miles and the other group did 3 miles. We all enjoyed the gorgeous views and heard about the conservation measures that the Raceway does to preserve the beautiful rolling hills. It was fun to see the woolly weeders and their spring lambs—they do a good job of keeping the weeds down.

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Woolly weeders on the job

A huge thank you to Steve Page, Jerry Wheeler and Chelsea Lazzari and their Raceway team for the superb job of hosting, promoting, and keeping us all on track over hill and dale. . . .and for providing a delicious lunch–thanks to Kim Conte at Levy Restaurant. And thanks to Hope Nissan for organizing volunteers and making it all work so well.