Brenda and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and 5th year in Petaluma, and the community-oriented moments we have witnessed here have been more enlightening for the two of us than anywhere else we have ever lived.
Two years ago, I produced the attached schmaltzy Petaluma Holiday video as a "love song" of sorts to this wonderful town. The video software I was using at the time was beginner stuff compared to new incredible Final Cut Pro technology I am using today, partially because of the guidance from the helpful staff over at PCA (Petaluma Community Access).
Many of the moments captured in this "vintage" 2010 video come to you with the support of the Petaluma Downtown Association, who allowed me a "producers" point-of-view to these events and extended a friendly, helpful hand every step of the way. (Still do.)
The City of Petaluma, the City Council, the City Police Department and Fire Department and Parks & Rec folks all played a big part in helping me capture the better moments that appear in this video as well.
You'll also see contributions courtesy of the Butter & Eggs Parade crew, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds team, the Tribute to American Graffiti car nuts, the Petaluma Music Festival gang and the Petaluma Visitors Bureau along with Cinnabar Theatre, Rotary, Friends of the Petaluma River, Farmers Market and especially Basin Street Properties who have been allowing Petaluma Pete to store his 600-pound street pianos behind the scenes at Theatre Square in order to keep the live music alive.
With the closing of 2012, please allow me to extend my most sincere wishes for, as they say in Texas, all y'all to have a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2013.
And to say thank you, thank you, thank you.
Our favorite moment over these past 5 years, by the way, was watching the final installation of the repaired clock tower mechanism, and actually being there when the bell inside mighty Seth above the Masonic Temple started ringing once again.
If you are so inclined, please leave a comment and share YOUR most favorite Petaluma moment below and, who knows, maybe there's a new schmaltzy song in there somewhere. :-)