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UPTOWN ENTERTAINMENT ~ SONOMA COUNTY & BEYOND


Dancing in the Street! Musical Notes in Sonoma County


SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ Fairytales happen; especially with music as the focal point. Imagine two people danc- ing separately to a swing band at the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market, two peo- ple who had never met, until des- tiny brought them together in the middle of the in- tersection. Ann Hutchinson recalls that special mo- ment on June 13, 2012 when, her fu- ture husband asked her to dance, “We both dance a lot and I was actually going out danc- ing almost every night of the week. I went to Wednesday Night Market and he was there, try- ing to find someone who could dance swing. He literally found me in the middle of the street.” Kevin and Ann Hutchinson have been dancing together ever since that fateful day. Te charming couple married the year af- ter they met and con- tinue to go out danc- ing up to four times each week; which may include dancing at various venues on any given date.


by Shekeyna Black • shekeyna@gmail.com Ann Hutchinson’s life seems


to revolve around music. She works for the Santa Rosa Sym- phony in the Marketing De-


Good News!


keep the live music happening and have more good music for us to dance to,” she says em- phatically. Te Hutchinson’s bring along a portable dance floor when they attend outdoor events. She laughs, “It is actu- ally a bamboo mat. It’s self-preservation because when you go to turn when you’re swing dancing and your foot gets stuck, it hurts the next day and it is really hard on the body.” Kevin and Ann also teach dance. She says one of her favorite things about teaching is, “the giddy smile that I’m seeing on our students’ faces when they get it and they’re having fun.” Learn more at: soco-


partment. Additionally, she created SoCo Dance Beat, an online live dance music cal- endar. Hutchinson has also taken


on booking


bands into some Santa Rosa venues, she explains, “right now, I’m doing Beer Baron, Stout Brothers, Mountain Mike’s, where Old Mexico used to be on Montgomery,


and [I’m] starting with 2 Tread and Belly Leſt Coast.” Her goal with booking is to, “give musi- cians gigs and help the venues


dancebeat.com/about/lessons. Te Fairytale meeting dancing


in the street 6 years ago recent- ly lead to a romantic renewal of their wedding vows at the June 13, 2018 Wednesday Night Market. Her advice regarding going out dancing, “Don’t wait until you have somebody to go with, just show up and dance because there are plenty of oth- er people there doing it. You’ll meet friends and have lots of other places you can go and times you can do it.”


UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 13 Sept. 1, 2018. Taste of Sonoma


Rohnert Park, CA. ~ Af- ter decades as the highly successful Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, this de- licious and decadent wine- and-food exploration has evolved into the popular Taste of Sonoma — the event of the year when hundreds of wines, delica- cies by celebrated local chefs, and the Sonoma County way of life are pre- sented for guests’ enjoy- ment. Taste of Sonoma unfolds from noon to 4 p.m. Labor Day Weekend on Satur- day, Sept. 1, 2018. The setting is the world-class Donald & Maureen Green Music Center on the beau- tifully landscaped Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park, in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Experience the Sonoma County lifestyle


as you


stroll from booth to booth, sample vintages from the county’s 18 diverse wine


regions, talk with wine- makers and winegrowers, and nibble locally sourced and exquisitely prepared foods. Increase your wine IQ by attending informative wine seminars, lively panel discussions, and focused tastings with renowned lo- cal winemakers.


Each year the food is de- licious and varied. Past offerings included big, meaty barbecued ribs; Cabernet-spiced lamb slid- ers; handcrafted spicy tuna sushi rolls; fresh peach cake drizzled in buttermilk cream; and local lavender and honey French maca- roons, to name just a few of the possibilities.


Taste of Sonoma, noon to 4 p.m. (or starting at 11 a.m. for Club Reserve ticketh- olders), Saturday, Sept. 1, Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.


sonomacounty.com/articles/sonoma-wine-country-weekend-taste-of-sonoma


Red wine’s health benefits come from tannin. Nearly all red wines are made from one species of grape.


The entertainment is in the presentation. John McTiernan UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 13





Shekeyna





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