The Queen of England celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this weekend, capping 60 years on the throne. To honor Queen Elizabeth II, one of history’s longest ruling monarchs, a group of local British expats is organizing The Big Jubilee Lunch this Sunday at and inviting the public to join them.
Entertainment includes British Invasion music, a fancy hat competition as well as prizes for Best British lookalike (think Elton John, Prince Charles and Harry Potter), a Best Knobbly knees contest (men only) and British trivia.
The party is modeled on the Big Lunch, an annual British tradition that encourages people to have lunch with their neighborhoods in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. The event was organized by local writer Frances Rivetti, Petaluma Downtown Association president Marie McCusker, co-owner Lesley McCullaugh and former Petaluma Historical Museum president Susan Villa who all hail from across the pond.
"It’s the biggest celebration everybody can remember for a royal and England is really going overboard with it," said Rivetti.
The group hopes to replicate the Big Lunch idea in Petaluma in subsequent years, where various neighborhoods can close streets in order to host community lunches as a way for people to meet one another.
As for this Sunday, guests are asked to bring their own water, beer, wine and soft drink along with traditional British party foods. The festivities start at 12pm at Heritage Salvage, 1473 Petaluma Blvd. S. Attendance is free, although a $5 donation is suggested to help cover basic costs. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com
And don't forget to take pictures. Petaluma Patch wants to see them.