A Coppola Halloween

There were fairies and at least one Snow White, wizards with swords and ghouls.

There were runners who had just completed a half marathon — acting as though they were none the worse for wear.

There were even a few youngsters pretending they weren't cold, floating in the newly opened swimming pool at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, where on Saturday hundreds of visitors celebrated Halloween.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery


The winery's fifth annual Children's Halloween Pumpkin Carnival — with enough adults present to qualify the event as a fully grownup party as well — took place under gray skies and in an occasional sprinkle of rain, neither of which seemed to dampen the fun.

"We're having a wonderful day, it's a perfect fall day," said Lisa Fung, 45, of San Francisco, whose husband ran the Wine Country Half Marathon, which started at the winery.

Fung and a friend, Mignon Loh, 45, said they were were first-time visitors to the winery. The event — and the swimming pool, which is open to the public — turned them into fans.

"This is really nice for the community," Loh said. "We have second homes in the county, so we'll be up here."

In the winery's museum wing, adjoining the restaurant and tasting areas, George Calderon of Santa Rosa admired a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the model of automobile memorialized in Coppola's 1998 film, "Tucker: The man and his dream."

"It's beautiful here," said Calderon, also a first time visitor. Educational, too, he said. "I've seen &‘Apocalypse Now,' and I didn't know he'd done that. And &‘The Godfather' too," he said, referring to Coppola and two of his classic films.

The activities outside in the winery park, where children painted pumkins, bopped to a DJ's sounds and, well, just ran around, made him and his wife wistful, Calderon said.

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