Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Still got a glow on

I’ve still got my glow on from last week’s Vintage Festival. I walked the runway at the fashion show, rode in the back of a Sonoma Chevy flatbed truck — decked out with some very cool Vode Lighting, my workmates from KSVY and some very hip parade music — did my thing with the Bear Flag Re-enactors, and even took time to drink some beer and check out all the fabulous booths. Can’t wait till next year.

KSVY will host a very different type of car wash this Saturday, October 6, at the Sonoma Chevy car dealership beginning at 9 a.m. We will be broadcasting live, so try out your radio chops, take home some cool giveaways and support your local community broadcasting station. Sonoma Chevy is located at 687 W. Napa St., All of us at the station thank dealer owner Dan Roseland for all his generous gifts to his community.
It’s First Friday this week and since there is no real place called Slonoma, please get out and enjoy yourself. The Sunflower Caffe has Artist of the Month Terri Hollifield, complimentary wine tastings and live music by JoyRide from 5 to 7 p.m. Find it at 421 First St. W. The Sonoma Community Center (276 E. Napa St.) presents “Red & White”, an exhibition of contemporary Hungarian painters, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sonoma’s newest Sister City is Tokaj in Hungary, so get some of their art into you life. Enjoy the art of political comedy with “Elect To Laugh!” with political satirist Will Durst. Participate in the All-American sport of bipartisan bashing. Tickets are available at Readers’ Books and the mighty Sebastiani Theatre. Or try 996.9756.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, I once again switch into my culinary role as Master Pie Judge at the Sonoma Ecology Center’s Harvest Party at the Community Garden (19996 Seventh St. E.) Join us, plus The Twin Chefs, for a Good Ol’ Fashioned Country event chockfull of family fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The happenings include the Pie Contest, tractor rides, live music, lasso lessons, children’s art projects, pumpkin carving and decorating, the world famous Straw Bale Fort (guaranteed super cool), a harvest market and plant sale, local foods and ice cream, a raffle and more. Spots are still open for the Pie Contest and all the information can be found at Sonomaecologycenter.org. Volunteers are still needed.

Given my deadline I want to include the Sonoma’s Sister Cities Lecture Series titled ‘Windows to the World’. The first lecture is Modern Hungary, on Thursday October 11 at 7 p.m. I will host this event along with distinguished speakers Laszlo Kalman, consul general of Hungary, and Eva Voisin, honorary consul general of Hungary in San Francisco. More information and tickets at Sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Here in Sonoma Valley one person has always been there to get the word out on music, fundraisers and community events. That guy deserves some payback so I’m glad to tell you all that James Marshall Berry has announced the release of a new website that allows smaller wineries to enter the world of selling wine online using the same tools the big guys use, at a fraction of the cost. By pairing a custom-built WordPress website integrated with Vin65 Ecommerce software, a winery, for less than $5k, can have complete control of all changes and updates on their entire website, and make them as often as they want, all by themselves, including selling wine online. With it comes tools for compliance, shipping, fulfillment, allotment and even POS integration. Berry will be on Mornings in Sonoma on Friday, Oct. 12 at 9:15 a.m. to talk more about the product. To learn more now, visit Wineandtheweb.com.

Another upstanding guy in the Valley is publicist Michael Coats. This week I had his clients Ari Weiswassr and Erinn Benziger, from The Glen Ellen Star Restaurant, on the Morning Show. They brought their young daughter with them. Michael setup the interview about their fall menu and holiday offerings, escorted them to the studio and watched their kid while they did the interview. Now that’s an old school, full service publicist at work. You can check out the restaurant website: Glenellenstar.com. Mr. Coats, meanwhile, will be hard at work this weekend at the the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival. Tickets are still available, so go to Brcohn.com. To get yourself or your company some of Michael’s publicist magic, contact him at michael@coatspr.com.

I’ll close this week with a quote, from Eleanor Rooselvelt, that came home from school with my daughter Eden. “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

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