Sonoma County Pride 2014 Fills An Entire Weekend Where Everyone Is ‘Free To Be’

 

Guerneville rolls out the rainbow carpet for the LGBTQI community the weekend of May 30 – June 1, 2014. ‘Official’ events include Sunday’s Pride Parade and Celebration on the Plaza. ‘Unofficial’ events fill the rest of the weekend with something for everyone. Highlights include Pandora Boxx performing at Buck’s River Mill Dinner Theater, welcoming receptions at local merchants & restaurants, a ‘Disco Deliverance Dance’ at the R3 Hotel, pool parties (for both families and the over 21 set) and an opportunity to participate in a Commitment Ceremony on Sunday after the Parade.

Honored Grand Marshalls are openly-gay Mayor Robert Jacob of Sebastopol, Cloverdale Mayor Carol Russell and Guerneville’s unofficial ‘mayor’, Rodger Jenson and were chosen for their commitment to public service and support of our community.

Events on Friday welcome visitors and locals to unwind at local merchants and restaurants. Many of the art galleries will be open late and Blue Door Art Gallery is offering an opportunity to be creative and make an art project during their ‘Fun Creative Art Projects for All’ event which will run through the weekend.

Saturday afternoon’s the perfect time to party at the R3 Hotel’s ‘High Noon Pool Party & BBQ’ as DJ’s John Parker and L-ue spin poolside. Kick off your night at one of the many excellent local restaurants and head to see the fabulously infamous Pandora Boxx at Bucks River Mill Dinner Theater. Ms. Boxx is the internationally famous participant in Rue Paul’s Drag Race and will be with Tora Hymen & the Backwoods Barbies. Tickets are available by calling 707-869-3600. Drag not your style? Dance the night away at the ‘Disco Deliverance Dance’ hosted by Parade Grand Marshall, Rodger Jenson at the R3 Hotel with DJ Torch.

Pride Sunday’s the big event with the ‘Celebration on the Plaza’ opening at 9am with booths and fun for all. Plan to arrive early to get the best seats for the Parade. The Parade starts at 11am and as always the floats, contingents and celebrants will be a joyful and creative expression of love and diversity. There is still time to put a Parade contingent together as applications are still being accepted.

Post-Parade, head to the Plaza where the celebration continues. Sonoma Nesting Company will host the Pride in Wine Country Terrace, a fundraiser for the Prostate Awareness Foundation, next to the Plaza from noon until 3pm.

Participate in a Commitment Ceremony at 2pm or bring your marriage license and get MARRIED at Pride! Interfaith will have clergy available to perform both marriage and commitment ceremonies and wedding cake cupcakes will be provided. The Commitment ceremony will take place at 2pm at Bucks River Mill Dinner Theater at 4th and Mill Streets.

Families and friends can cool off at the Rio Nido Roadhouse’s kid-friendly pool. Mention “Pride” for discounts on Sunday from noon to 4pm on both pool entry fees and in their great restaurant.

Closing the day’s celebration will be a Pride Interfaith Service at 7pm at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa.

Anyone wishing to support Pride can do so by becoming a sponsor. All money raised go towards expenses for the Parade and Plaza Celebration. Donations are not tax deductible.

Information, Donation/Sponsor information, Parade Entry forms and Vendor Booth applications are available online at www.SonomaCountyPride.org

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Pride Events

Friday:

  • Merchant Welcoming Receptions from 4 – 8pm

o      Main Street Merchants will stay open late and many will have something special to offer for Pride.

o      Fun Creative Art Projects for All at the Blue Door Art Gallery located at 16359 Main Street http://bluedoorartgallery.com

  • Pride Karaoke from 8pm to midnight

o      At the R3 Hotel with Country Dan http://www.ther3hotel.com/KARAOKE-NIGHT.php

 

Pride Saturday:

  • ‘High Noon Pool Party & BBQ’

o      Noon – 5pm at the R3 Hotel. Crossfade Productions Presents Music by DJ John Parker and DJ L-ue Spinning Poolside witth Surprise Entertainment http://www.ther3hotel.com/PRIDE-SATURDAY-2014.php

  • ‘Fun Creative Art Projects for All’

o      at the Blue Door Art Gallery http://bluedoorartgallery.com

  • ‘Disco Deliverance Dance’

o      from 6 -11pm at the R3 Hotel. A retro kick back party on the Back Deck under the Big Top. Music provided by Russian River icon DJ Torch. http://www.ther3hotel.com/PRIDE-SATURDAY-2014.php

  • Pandora Boxx

o      at Bucks River Mill Dinner Theater for information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bucks-River-Mill-Dinner-Theater/307552429393938 or www.PandoraBoxx.com

 

Pride Sunday:

  • 9am – 3pm PrideVillage on the Guerneville Plaza Official Pride Event

o      Participating Organizations with booths (booth space still available):

  • Vision Within / Sarah & Christing Wrathall 415-939-0219 Offering beaded crystal suncatchers with prisms, geodes, crystals, jewelry. 90% handmade work.
  • MarJane Enterprises / Jane Wilder 707-838-7238 or Mardie Donaldson 707-332-7476 Offering pride oriented flags, buttons, stickers, magnets, jewelry, suspenders, ties, belts, keychains, lapel pins, hats, wallets, keychains, boas, pet collars & leashes.
  • Riverbed Yoga / Joan McClain 347-647-1568 Offering t-shirts, jewelry, information on yoga classes in the area.
  • Rio Crest Winery is donating their spot to a non-profit (TBD)
  • Sonoma County Stonewall Democrats / Kevin Jones 201-218-1705 will be offering brochures and handouts pins and possibly books authored by one of their members.
  • Russian River Alliance / Chuck Ramsey 707-239-1639 Will be providing information on their organization and its goals. Also how to become involved. www.RussianRiverAlliance.org
  • 1st Friday Artwalk Artwork will be on display as well as information on the monthly town-wide gallery open houses.
  • 11am Pride Parade on Main Street, Guerneville Official Pride Event

o      Participating organizations Include (not all entries received yet):

  • Community 1st Credit Union
    • Beth Rudometkin (Guerneville contact) 10 participants (18 foot float) and music.
  • Sebastopol Mayor Jacob on the Peace in Medicine Float.
    • (28 feet) with 25 participants
  • Riverbed Yoga /
    • 10 person Marching Unit
  • Rio Crest Winery
    • Is donating their space to a non-profit (TBD)
  • FastSigns of Santa Rosa
    • (Need details on their parade entry)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa
    • will have a 30 person Marching Unit
  • Knox Church/PFLAG
    • Will have a 10 person Marching Unit

 

Other Events on Sunday:

  • Pride Pool Party

o      (at the R3 Hotel)

  • ‘Fun Creative Art Projects for All’

o      at the Blue Door Art Gallery http://bluedoorartgallery.com

  • Noon – 4pm: Family Pool Party

o      (at the Rio Nido Roadhouse) Mention PRIDE for discounts at the Pool and Roadhouse for families. Swimming Pool – bring your suit! http://rionidoroadhouse.com/

  • Noon – 3pm Pride in Wine Country Terrace

o      (at Sonoma Nesting Company)

  • 2pm: Commitment Ceremony

o      (at Bucks River Mill Dinner Theater)

o      Bring your Marriage License as there will be members of the clergy attending (and get MARRIED!). Wedding Cake Cupcakes will be provided.

  • 7pm Interfaith Service

o      at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church. Located at 1225 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa.