Ready, Set, Sketch: Preston (Cloverdale)!

We have a special location this month, a historic home and church located in the community of Preston.
Preston was a small community located on the Russian River just outside of Cloverdale back in the late 19th Century.

Emily Preston (the founder of this community known as Madam Preston) at the age of 52, had an epiphany. As she described it, “Something fell from my eyes and suddenly the world was enveloped in a brilliant light.” From that moment on, she claimed a gift for diagnosing and treating illness. Some considered her a quack; others credited her with saving their lives. She had such a magnetic personality that patients followed her when she moved from San Francisco to Sonoma County. Even after recovering, many patients didn’t want to leave the community, so she let them build houses and live on the ranch rent free. A community began to grow. Eventually there was a school, railroad depot and general store.

We’ll be sketching the home and garden of one of the historic Victorians built on this property in 1899 and the old church too!

WHERE: Preston (Cloverdale) 204 Geysers Rd. Cloverdale.
DATE: Saturday May 11 (always the second Saturday of the month).

TIME: 10am-1pm
BRING: Hat, sunscreen, water, chair, and sketching supplies.
PLEASE: Carpool if you can. There will be limited street parking.
Hope to see you all there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Cloverdale Auto Show!

Come join us SATURDAY Sept 9, 10am-1pm for the 24th Annual Cloverdale Car Show for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing!

Last year we had a blast!

There’ll be over 200 classic cars and motorcycles lining the boulevard. There’ll also be a Bear Republic Pit Stop Beer and Souvenir booth, food booths and vendors. This is also a great opportunity to tune up your people drawing skills.

We’ll meet at 10am at Plank Coffee at 227 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The earlier you get here, the easier the parking, though you should be able to park within a block or two of downtown.

For more info about the car event:

Hope to see you all there!

Ready Set, Sketch: Cloverdale Citrus Fair!

Since the weather is looking good for Saturday, I thought I’d head over to the Citrus fair and do some sketching. Wanna join me?
• General Admission ages 13-61: $8.00
• Senior Admission ages 62+: $5.00
DATE: Saturday February 18
TIME: 10am — to ? Meet at the entrance before 10am. After 10am, I’ll be inside sketching.
PARKING Suggestion: Lot on Commercial St. (in between 1st and 2nd street) or street parking is your best bet.

Exit 101: Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale

Website for more info:

Ready, Set, Sketch: Cloverdale Citrus Fair!

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Get ready for the next Ready Set, Sketch! group outing, Saturday, February 13!

We’ll meet, rain or shine, at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. So far, the weather looks sunny for Saturday. There’ll be all kinds a great rides, games, and people to draw!

Though I don’t charge a fee for the sketch group, on occasion, our destination has a fee.
The fair pricing is as follows:
• General Admission ages 13-61: $7.00
• Senior Admission ages 62+: $5.00
In order to get into the fair, each sketcher will pay their own entrance fee.
Please arrive at the designated parking lot at 9:45 so we call all walk over to the fair as a group at 10am.
If you arrive after 10am, walk over to the fair, get a ticket, and look for our group inside.
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with.
TIME: 9:45 am — 1pm
DATE: Saturday February 13. (always the second Saturday of the month).
WHERE: Parking lot on Commercial St. (in between 1st and 2nd street) downtown Cloverdale and we will walk over to the fair. In case it’s not possible to park in this lot, please find street parking nearby and meet at the same designated

parking lot. There’s a lot going on around town that weekend and it’s impossible to predict the parking situation!

Exit 101: Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale

Hope to see you all there!
Website for more info:

Pick’s Drive In

Pick's_sPick’s has been a local favorite in Cloverdale since it opened in 1923. Serving much of the same menu it did when it opened, bacon double cheese burgers, french fries, grill cheese sandwiches, and milkshakes, a few notable things have changed. Today all the burgers are made with hormone free Niman Ranch meats and veggie and black been burgers have been added to the menu for the health conscious. Although chain restaurants have recently created business competition, it’s great to see that a classic independent eatery with good food and a friendly staff can hold its own in this corporate 21st Century world.