It's often been said around here that Sonoma loves a party, especially in summer. Coming up later this month is an excellent opportunity for proving the case: the annual City Party, set for Tuesday, July 31.
Tuesday may seem like an odd day of the week to throw a party, but it's been happening for a couple months now in the plaza, since the got underway in May. Food, fruit, festivities and fun are the rule on Tuesday nights already, so adding an official City Party to the agenda is not a huge stretch.
It will, however, be huge fun. Caravanserai, a Santana-influenced Latin rock band, will play from the stage on the Spain Street side of the City Hall; local wines and beers (courtesy of) will be sold thanks to volunteers; and all proceeds go to help offset the cost of the City Party.
Recent events in the Sonoma Plaza, including especially the Fourth of July Parade and after-party, did as well as locals and visitors to Sonoma, so the Sonoma Community Center continues to work closely with staff and the .
"To accommodate the massive crowds expected at this year's event," the SCC press releases notes, "Spain Street will be closed between First Streets East and West from 5pm to 10pm. Live music and dancing will take place in Spain Street, and picnicking is welcome on the grass behind City Hall."
Caravanserai is named for one of the Santana band's early albums. Leo Herrera does the honors on guitar, while a full band including horn section completes the Latin rock sound. "Caravanserai certainly stands at the top of the Santana tribute list, meticulously re-enacting a wide repertoire of Santana material that includes the well-known stuff as well as more obscure B-sides that never made the charts," said Garrett Wheeler of the San Jose Metro about the band.
This year's City Party is being sponsored by , a relatively newcomer to the town who also sponsored last year's party. “Last year, when we arrived in the Sonoma Valley, we looked for local non-profit partners and the Sonoma Community Center was a natural fit since it exists to enrich the lives of Sonoma Valley residents through cultural, educational, and community services," said Alfredo Pedroza, the manager of the Sonoma and Glen Ellen RCU branches.
Sonoma Community Center and the City of Sonoma ask that no large furniture, tables, tents, or open fires including barbecues be set up anywhere in the Plaza. Attendees are also asked not to rope off areas for personal use. No setup will be allowed in the Plaza prior to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31.
For more information contact Sonoma Community Center at (707) 938-4626 extension 1, or visit sonomacommunitycenter.org