A sure sign of spring: The Sebastopol farmers market opens for the year Sunday morning, a major reason to be less grumpy about the loss of an hour's sleep. This lovely event features a number of farmers who do not attend other markets in the region. During its eight-month run, it becomes a gathering place for the west county, a perfect way to spend a Sunday, no matter the weather.
The market opens officially at 10 a.m., but as the days lengthen it gets under way much earlier. Things start wrapping up around 1 p.m.
The market is in the town plaza, on McKinley, across from Whole Foods.
Goodbye, Zebulon's; hello, SoHo: On Friday night, Zebulon's Lounge in Petaluma will be no more. But don't worry. The stylish wine bar is not closing; it is merely being reborn, as SoHo.
Jay Eisenberg bought Zebulon's from its founder, Trevor Zebulon Cole, several months ago and has decided it is time to stake his claim with a new name, one that reflects his early years in Manhattan. Eisenberg was raised in Brooklyn, but his first apartment was in a rough area near Greenwich Village dubbed SoHo, for "South of Houston."
Today, Manhattan's SoHo is one of the trendiest areas of New York. Art galleries that began to appear in the 1970s share the street with retail chains, juice bars and Starbucks. Still, SoHo retains a lot of hip bohemian appeal, a description that fits the Petaluma lounge that serves as a music venue and an art gallery as well as a wine bar.
SoHo will continue to offer live music every night, with more than just jazz, the tradition at Zebulon's. There's alternative country, funk, blues, soul, electronica and music that is hard to categorize, along with jazz several times a week. Literary readings continue on Tuesday nights.
SoHo serves boutique wines, Belgian ales, domestic brews, teas and coffee drinks, along with traditional cocktails made with wine-based spirits that are about half the proof of standard cocktails. If you fancy a nibble, there's cheese, bread and desserts.
SoHo (21 Fourth St., Petaluma, 769-7948) opens at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Although the lounge has been open on Monday evenings of late, that will change soon. Eisenberg reports he has had no success drumming up a Monday night crowd.