We have a truly unique event in Petaluma called Rivertown Revival. This fundraiser for the David Yeardsley River Heritage Center is hard to describe. To me, it often feels like a turn-of-the-last-century carnival side show mixed up with a classic tent revival. It is filled with arts, music, oddities, shopping, amazing food, and many many people dressed in costume. You see people dressed as carnies, saloon girls, steampunk explorers, and more. They even often $5 dollar weddings! Plus, there are decorated watercraft to look at along the river. This year, one decorated barge on the river held a band.
I have never missed the event even though it is always one of the hottest days of the year. When I almost melted a few years back, I gave up wearing my steampunk attire. But I still love to dress up.
I especially love the wonderful decorations they come up with. Last year, they stuck golf clubs in buckets of plaster and strung ribbon between them to form stanchions between the ticket lines. And look at this wonderful ribbon pole made from a bicycle wheel:
Michael Woolsey does an amazing job of capturing people. I love paging through the photos and marveling at the diversity and beauty of the people who come to the event. Plus, I get great costume ideas!
I thought about not posting the above photo because it reveals just how heavy I am. Then, I decided that life is too short. I probably won't get too many more photos where my little guy wants to snuggle up with me. Many people told me he looks like a teenager in this photo:
If you happen to be in Petaluma in July, make sure you don't miss this wonderful and creative event!!!