s
s
Sections
Sections
Subscribe
You've read 3 of 10 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
You've read 6 of 10 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
We hope you've enjoyed reading your 10 free articles this month.
Continue reading with unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
We've got a special deal for readers like you!
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month, and support community journalism!
Already a subscriber?
Thanks for your interest in award-winning community journalism! To get more of it, why not subscribe?
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month, and support community journalism!
Already a subscriber?
Want to keep reading? Take the next step by subscribing today!
Starting at just 99 cents per month, you can keep reading Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app, and support local journalism!
Already a subscriber?

The Rivertown Revival Returns

X

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

X

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

PLANNING TO GO?

What: The Petaluma Rivertown Revival

When: Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Steamer Landing Park, corner of D St. & Copeland St.

Admission: $15 for adult humans, $5 for progeny under 12. Weddings are $5 at the world-famous Rivertown Revival Hitching Post.

Transportation: There is limited parking near the Revival, but Petaluma Transit is offering free bus rides to the shindig.

Information: RivertownRevival.com

The 9th annual Petaluma Rivertown Revival will make its splashy, vibrant return to Steamer Landing on Saturday, July 14, with festive pageantry, head-spinning displays of art and amusement, continuous musical entertainment, and a merry, costumed, carnival-like ambiance. Not only will the 2018 Revival have all the anticipated events and attractions that have made it one of the most anticipated North Bay events of the year. But this year also brings the historic San Francisco schooner, the Alma, to the big show on the river, and puts a fresh, locals-only focus on artists, entertainers, and merchants from Sonoma County.

“We want to support our county during this time of rebuilding after the fires,” explains Elizabeth Howland, of Friends of the Petaluma River, the non-profit that annually organizes the Revival, and whose education and restoration work the event benefits. “It has always been our goal that this event is about coming together as a community to celebrate the River and the wonderful place we live,” she says, adding, “That’s true now more than ever.”

This year’s incarnation of the vividly eccentric celebration is expected to draw thousands to the tiny 1.7 acre park along the river. The Revival includes activities on and off the water, including performances by an array of musical acts, the aquatic “Nautical Mass” — in which a flotilla of kayaks, rowboats, paddle boards, surfboards, rubber tubes, inflatable crocodiles, and other water-borne oddities travel up-river from the Marina. Additionally, weddings will be performed (legally, for a $5 fee) by participating officiants in the Revival’s Hitching Post (with a honeymoon “cruise” on the river to follow). The beloved Curiodities Tent will be filled with fanciful creatures, interactive art made from repurposed materials will be on display, and a vast array of food vendors, craftspersons, and game booths will be on hand to serve and amuse.

As always, costumes are encouraged. Patrons’ attire generally falls into the “steampunk” category, with touches of a rivertown gambler, Tom Sawyer-turn-of-the-century, Truly Scrumptious-and-Caractacus Potts kind of vibe. In other words, creativity and ingenuity is highly encouraged.

The entertainment line-up this year, as advertised, draws solely from Sonoma County artists. Highlights include Celtic rock band Greenhouse (12:15 p.m. at the Barn Stage), The Traveling Spectacular, featuring sword-swallowing, acrobatics, juggling, illusions and music by the Oddjob Ensemble (1:30 p.m. on the Spectacular Stage), jazz-punk trio Sharkmouth (2:30 p.m. at the Revival Tent), The Crux (4:20 p.m. at the Revival Tent), kids; favorite James K (12:15 p.m. and 2:15 on the Family Stage), John Courage (7 p.m. at the Barn Stage), and the Hubbub Club, leading a marching parade around the grounds beginning at 7:30 p.m.

New this year is aforementioned participation of the Alma, courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

“We are especially excited that the Alma is coming, and will be anchored in the River during the Revival,” says Howland.

The schooner will dock alongside the festival grounds, and visitors are welcome aboard for a look around. Entertainment will be taking place on deck, and those participating in the Nautical Mass are welcome to stop by the Alma for a free ice-cold Revive kombucha drink on their way to the Turning Basin, where all floating craft must be “parked” before their crew attend the festival on land. A security person will be on site to watch over docked vessels.

PLANNING TO GO?

What: The Petaluma Rivertown Revival

When: Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Steamer Landing Park, corner of D St. & Copeland St.

Admission: $15 for adult humans, $5 for progeny under 12. Weddings are $5 at the world-famous Rivertown Revival Hitching Post.

Transportation: There is limited parking near the Revival, but Petaluma Transit is offering free bus rides to the shindig.

Information: RivertownRevival.com

According to Howland, while the most visible parts of the event are the wild costumes, decorate riverboats, and eye-dazzling art displays, the real heart of the Revival is its volunteers, hundreds of which are recruited every year to make the massive event work.

“The Revival is 100-percent volunteer powered,” Howland says, “and the volunteers are our only VIPs.”

It is, in fact, a time-honored tradition now to name all volunteers “VIPs,” Revival parlance for “Volunteers are Important People,” and as such, they are treated remarkably well as a thank you. All volunteers get a free Revival T-Shirt, free admission to the Revival, food and drink coupons, and access to the “VIP” tent, where snacks and water are available to keep them going. The Revival is still recruiting for its volunteer team, which locals can sign up for on the volunteer page of the Revival’s website, at www.RivertownRevival.com. VIPs are given shifts, so they can have plenty of time to enjoy the Revival before or after their designated time slot.

“We especially need volunteers for the later, and much cooler, shift,” notes Howland. That shift is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. She adds that the VIP tent is shaded, and in prime viewing position to catch the action on the water and elsewhere.

(You can contact Community Editor David Templeton by writing david.templeton@arguscourier.com or calling 707-776-8462)