Polo Event In Santa Rosa Supports Wounded Veterans…Check it Out

6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit

The 1940’s  
(70th Anniversary of the end of World War II)

 Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Trione Polo Field; 560 White Oak Drive,
Santa Rosa (Oakmont), CA 95409 
Polo players, polo ponies, stunt riders, horse drawn carriages, and military dignitaries will all be part of an upcoming polo benefit for combat injured American soldiers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit takes place Sunday, August 30. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and festivities begin at 11:30 a.m.

The benefit, sponsored by the Commandery of St. Francis, Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, and hosted by the Wine Country Polo Club, is designed to generate support for three veterans’ rehabilitation programs:

1) Pathway Home (www.thepathwayhome.org) in Yountville, providing residential treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,

2) Community Action North Bay, (www.canbinc.org) providing housing and life assistance to veterans in need in Solano County, and

3) the veterans program at BAADS, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (www.baads.org) providing sail training and therapy on sailing dinghies in the San Francisco bay.
The opening ceremony includes posting of the Colors by a mounted Color Guard, the National Anthem and a salute to the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Special guests will include World War II veterans.

The afternoon features two polo games played by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s highest rated polo players and polo ponies. The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls will lead the show at the intermission with a display of stunt riding and trick roping. Other highlights include the traditional Chandon Divot Stomp, a Ladies’ Hat Competition, a silent auction, wine tasting, and more. Premium seating includes lunch tables and a gourmet buffet. Lawn seating allows for picnics or lunch from the concession.

The Commandery of St Francis was the first Hospitaller commandery to be established on the West Coast. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, this non-profit organization is comprised primarily of serving or retired Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its Allies. The mission of this philanthropic organization, in keeping with the centuries’ old history and traditions of the Knights Hospitaller, is to support recently wounded service veterans.
Last year the 5th annual Wounded Veteran Polo Benefit, attended by over 350 spectators, raised and disbursed over $50,000.
Early Bird tickets (until August 9):  lawn seating $60, children under 12 $30. Premium seating with Preferred Sonoma Caterers luncheon $160, Premium Table for 8 $1200.
From August 10: lawn seating $70/children $40, Premium seating $185, Premium Table for 8 $1400.  For more information and to register for tickets: www.wvpb.org.  

Check out my Interview…

Recently I was interviewed about writing for a blog post. It was a fun interview to do and I like their site.

Check it out: http://www.consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/

It’s always fun thinking about my passions…travel, writing, wine, cooking…and so many more.

Happy Tuesday!

Did Your Points Arrive?

Do you belong to airline miles programs, hotel rewards programs, rental car loyalty programs, or any other program where you receive points for using certain companies?

Do you check those statements or online after returning home from a trip? You should. Now is the time to check with the airline or hotel if your points aren’t there within a few days of use. Make sure you have your receipts. You can scan and email them if need be.

No sense belonging and not getting credit for your points.

Who Writes Notes?

If you write any thank you notes, thinking of you cards, or any other type of note…these great cards fit the bill.

Check out dandmcards.wordpress.com to see how this great mother, daughter combo makes their cards and what they do with the profits.

I’m sticking a few in my travel bag. You never know when you might need a cool looking card.

Travel Bags Review

When I travel, I organize everything. I repeat…everything. With that in mind, I use several see through and other bags. I like to know where everything is.

Recently, I reviewed these handmade pouch-like bags from TeresaMade. As bags, they’re cute, classy, and functional. As travel accessories, they’re fantastic. So, I interviewed the creator of the TeresaMade bags. I know her well.

They come in several different sizes, which is handy for whatever size purse or bag you’re using. Teresa tells me she can custom make them to just about any size. Need one for your tablet, your Nook, or your phone? She can do it.

With a zipper closure, nothing will escape. That’s nice.

They stand up and are winder at the bottom than the top. When I need my bottles to stand up, this is just the bag I need. You can’t use these bags for your TSA liquids, as that bag needs to be clear. But, I use them to hold my bottles when on a driving trip.

They also work great for organizing your cords and chargers, international plugs, camera batteries and extra memory cards, pens and paper, snacks, laundry detergent pods…the list keeps going.

If something were to spill on the bag or in the bag, it’s good to know it’s completely machine washable. Pull the lining so it sticks out of the bag and either dry gently or air dry.

For more information or to order your own, go to teresa@vanhatten.com or on Etsy check for TeresaMade. By the way…she is also the creator of Green Bag Lady,www.greenbaglady.org. You receive a free Green Bag Lady bag with every order, too.

Treacherous Obstacle to Mariners…Point Reyes

Drive along California’s coast and you’ll catch glimpses of lighthouses. Some are just a few steps away…others require a hike. All provide spectacular views of the coast.

Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent, according to the National Park Service. Built in 1870 it was retired from use in 1975 when the Coast Guard installed an automatic light.

The lens and mechanism were crafted in France and shipped to the US on a steamer around the tip of South America.

Since our National Parks turn 100 years old in 2016, plan a visit to this part of the National Seashore Monument. Be prepared for a winding drive to the observation parking lot. Then…308 steps lead you down the side of the cliff to the lighthouse. It’s worth it…even the 308 steps back up to the top.

For more information, directions, and hours of operation visit the National Parks website. http://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/historyculture/people_maritime_lighthouse.htm

Love Rose Wine?

Love Rose?

Join fellow Rose wine fans for Rose Rendezvous at SIMI Winery in Healdsburg celebrating the Gold Medal winning wines from The Rose Competition.

August 1st  2:00 – 5:00 PM

This will be an afternoon of fun, food and delicious Gold Medal winning Rose wines.  Guests can enjoy more than 25 Gold Medal winning Rose wines, meet some winemakers and celebrate all things Rose on the glorious SIMI Winery patio.  SIMI’s Executive Chef Kolin Vazzoler will be cooking up tasty noshes while music will be provided by the eclectic band, Full Chizel.

$35.00 per person includes all sips, bites plus a custom souvenir Rose glass to take home.

See the link to register: http://roserendezvous.bpt.me/

SIMI Winery is located at 16275 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, California, a few miles north of downtown.

For further information contact:

Bob Ecker
Director: Rose Rendezvous
Wine Writer
(707) 421-1701