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Fly me to the moon - Sonoma Day of the Dead free tamales and wine - Opa !!!

rworange | Nov 2, 200912:51 AM    

I swear I didn't halucinate this.

I dropped by Oak Hill Farm to see what is available. As I walk in there is a huge wreath out of marigolds with a sign about remembering the people we love. In the back of the barn was a very impressive and beautiful Day of the Dead altar. There's some nice soulful Mexican music playing.

It was late in the afternoon and I ask if they had pan de muertos earlier. Nope. Only a pumpkin millet bread which looked healthy so I passed on that.

Then someone mentions the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is having a DOD celebration. They have lights and altars and tamales. I'm thinking the food gods are with me here as it just happens to be 4pm when this starts at the museum.

There is a parking place in front. White bag lumiers line the front of the museum on Broadway. A large Day of the Dead altar is at the entrance and inside there is a guitar player and it is packed with people.

Now these were really sweet people but I just didin't get what was going on. I never REALLY find anyone with any information. One lady mentions that att 5pm everyone goes to the commnity center for the altar that local ladies have spent all day creating. There's wine and food and she hopes I can go. I'm not really sure if she had antything to do with the event.

While I'm at the museum, the guitar player did not play one Latino song. In fact as I leave he is playing Greek music, gets people in the crowd to start dancing and shouting Opa.

I figure I'll head over to the community center

There is a DOD display outside with orange lights and a flame on top. Lumiers line the sidewalk.

Inside the community center the auditorium has a large altar filling the stage.Thhere tables with chicken and veggie tamales, Koolaid type of pitchers with red and green sauce for the tamales. Mission chips and salsa, a pink slaw and taquitos There is a bar with free red wine, white wine, soda and water. I am greeted by somone with pieces of pan de muertos.

They had a killer band but the only Latino song played while I was there was La Bamba. One guy is on conga drums and shakiing his gourds ... really ... gourds. I don't remember all the songs, but the second was Fly Me to the Moon.

Most of the time my jaw involuntarily dropped in ... surprise?

A lady passes out Halloween candy from a tin bucket.

There are a few hundred people who show up ,, four of which are Latino ... not four hundred ... one, two, three, four.

The tamales were nice. It was very lively with dancing that some how reminded me of a Charlie Brownc artoon . I hung around as long as I did thinking someone would talk about the Day of the Dean. Nope. Nada. Not one person knew what would happen. Seems like a lot of volunteers were running it and this was the first year.

I finally ask the two ladies near me who are just spectators also if they did this every year and I guess they expanded this year. Usually it is only at the museum.

This was the only info I had whic was on the we page.
http://www.svma.org/home.html

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
In collaboration with La Luz Center and Sonoma Community Center, the Museum will be open to the public for a viewing of an altar and live Mariachi music. Schedule is as follows:

La Luz Center: Altar Viewing, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: Altar Viewing with Mariachi Band, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sonoma Community Center: Altar Viewing with Music and Food, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

I didn't know about the La Luz Center, so I missed that. Never saw a Mariachi band. Tamalaes were good.

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