Dawn Sawyer meant it as a compliment when she described Saturday night's Winterblast celebration in Santa Rosa as a "crazy freak show."

The "Hubbub Club" marching band was in full swing outside the South A Street photo gallery where Sawyer and her husband posed for pictures with their 3-month-old son, Jack.

Trailing the band, people pushed sofas decorated with colorful lights and bric-a-brac.

The sofa parade, which is a riff on the South A Street Arts District (SOFA) name, is always a highlight of Winterblast, which on its seventh anniversary Saturday night continued to defy easy description.

It's basically an open house for the many art galleries in the neighborhood near A Street and Sebastopol Road, and a street party in which all are welcome to join in.

"It's looser this year," Shirley Johnston said as she and her 16-year-old son, Bryce Anderston, danced on the sidewalk.

Real world concerns were on display outside Brino Ism's gallery where the word "Occupy" was spray-painted on large panels that hung on a fence.

Ism, who lives above the gallery, said he commissioned the artwork and created some of his own with similar themes to support ongoing "Occupy" protests in Santa Rosa and around the nation.

Ism said he lived through the Vietnam War and Civil Rights protests but he said the Occupy movement is different in that it's affecting "every city in the country."

The Sawyers, who live near South A Street, said the Winterblast celebration is good for the neighborhood.

They also supported the event for its calming affect on their son, who was wide-eyed at all the activity around him.

"Normally he's crying at this hour," Dawn Sawyer said.

You can reach Staff Writer Derek Moore at 521-5336 or derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com.

Victims identified in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino fires

Sonoma County:

Karen Aycock, 56, Santa Rosa

Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa

Linda Tunis, 69, Santa Rosa

Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa

Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa

Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa

Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa

Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, Santa Rosa

Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, Apple Valley (vacationing in Santa Rosa)

Michael John Dornbach, 57, rural Calistoga

Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa

Carmen Colleen McReynolds, 82, Santa Rosa

Sharon Rae Robinson, 79, Santa Rosa

Mike Grabow, 40, Santa Rosa

Daniel Martin Southard, 71, Santa Rosa

Lee Chadwick Roger, 72, Glen Ellen

Mendocino County:

Roy Howard Bowman, 87, Redwood Valley

Irma Elsie Bowman, 88, Redwood Valley

Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley

Napa County:

George Chaney, 89, Napa

Edward Stone, 79, Napa

Charles Rippey, 100, Napa

Sara Rippey, 98, Napa

Sally Lewis, 90, Napa

Teresa Santos, 50, Napa

Garrett Paiz, 38, Missouri