Calabash - A Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden

Sunday, October 5, 2014
1-5 pm

Food For Thought, in collaboration with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, present the 14th annual Calabash - Sonoma County’s most colorful and inspiring harvest event. Calabash, named Best Fundraiser by readers of the North Bay Bohemian in 2013 and 2014, features a silent auction of fine gourd art, along with tours of Food For Thought’s beautiful organic gardens, which will be at their peak.

Guests at Calabash enjoy a sumptuous array of fine food and wine from Sonoma County’s bountiful harvest, and live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. The event will also feature a sale of select garden art and an exclusive selection from Food For Thought Antiques.

Tickets are $45 before the event or $50 day-of-event. Advance ticket sales end at 5 PM on Saturday, October 4. Please call (707) 887-1647 for tickets or click here to purchase tickets online (make sure to put “Calabash tickets” in the comment field).

Monies raised at Calabash will benefit Food For Thought – Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, which provides comprehensive nutrition and other services – free of charge – to 700 men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County.

Thank you to our generous sponsors of this year’s Calabash event:

Basket Gourd
Kaiser Permanente

Dipper Gourd
Julie Atwood
Lisa Clyde
Gary and Barbara Gerber
Laurie Plant

Swan Gourd
California Food Connections
Kathleen D’asaro
John F. Ewing
Forestville Pharmacy
Frances Lum
Peter Mirkovich and Robert Knutson
Jim Penpraze and Diana Lobush
Bill and Mary-Louise Reinking
Sandy Younglove

Birdhouse Gourd
Anonymous (3)
Steve Bromer
Ina Chun and Jefferson Rice
Dr. Michelle Davey
Marion Deeds
Edward Jones/Cara Widmer
Wally Krampf
John and Doris Lyons, in memory of Gary Berg
Preston of Dry Creek


Rattle Gourd
Anonymous (3)
Ron and Linda Backstrom
Gene Bonino and Will Brown
Wendy Cole
Gar Cross and George White
Emily and Mel Davis
Rodney DeMartini and Frederick Kasl
Andrea English and Tom Whiteman
J. Yusuf Q. Erskine, DO
Exchange Bank
Janice Nicks Fisher
Greg C. Fritz and Bruce Westland
Frances S. Fuchs, PhD
Khysie Horn
Linda Illsley
Steve Isaacson
Linda Myszak and Larry Prager
Peace in Medicine
Francis A. Podrebarac, M.D  and D. Dale Walthall
Mert Preston and Family
Rialto Cinemas®
Mark Short and Carl Ray
Elizabeth and Ted Theiss
Harold Torres and Jimmy Mallett
Peggy Tourje and Jane Krensky
Charles Wallis

Participating Artists:
Donna Ahlstrand
Don Ajello
Willa Amorelli
Barbara Armstrong
Matt Barna
Jeff Barone
Loreen Barry
Nancy Baum
Michele Bellah
Patricia Boyd
Mary Bramwell
Mark Brudzinski
Allegra Burke
Ralph Carlson
Dale Celidore
Lorraine Chapman
Janet Charnofsky
Dean Dalton
Dorr Eddy
Laura Ellis
Rhea Fritz
Patricia Fritz
Lea Goode-Harris
Karen L. Gosling
Vicki Gottschlich
Susan Gouig
Green Greenwald
Emily Hamilton
Beth Hartmann
Ellen Kaplan
Sara Katra
Marilyn Kentz
Jim Komarek
Linda Kryla
Pauline Levy Lazzarini
Chard Lowden
Beverly Malone
Norma McFaddan
Alice Miranda
Pinky Mitchell
Candace Monette
Monty Monty
Jeri Lyn Nager
Susan Nikkel
Deborah Padrick
Judie Cosmo Peterson
Trish Power
Koni Rae
Heidi Rielli
Annie Roberts
Nora J. Russo
Barbara Samson
Rob Sanders
Micah Schwaberow
Renee Shipley
Kathy Snyder
Susandra Spicer
Patti Springer
Liz Stafford
Rhonda Stubbs
Nancy Tello
Terrye Temple
Rhonda Trevethick
Lynda Triplett
John Viso
Nan Waters
Jody Westheimer
Erick Woods
Pam Zimmerman