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Dine and Donate at Brewsters!

Dine and Donate at Brewsters!

Bring this flyer to Brewsters Beer Garden and support the organization!

Fifteen percent of your purchase will be donated to the group when you present this flyer with your order. Brewsters Beer Garden will donate 15% of dine-in & take-out

Honeymoon Rivertown Cruise!

Honeymoon Rivertown Cruise!

After your marvelous Rivertown Revival Wedding ceremony, saunter down to the dock and meet our seafaring friends Rick and Terry. They'll guide you on a Honeymoon Cruise up the slough, into the Petaluma turning basin and back!

Come Get Hitched At Rivertown!

Come Get Hitched At Rivertown!

Did you know you can get married at Rivertown Revival? Or renew your vows? And it's only $5 bucks! We have a few nuptial slots open, so if you're getting last minute marital urges, now would be a good time to sign up for the best $5 wedding ever!

Rivertown Revival Website Is Alive!!

Rivertown Revival Website Is Alive!!

Check it out! Our new website is live and we're pretty excited to make this year's festival the Bestest, "Greatest Slough on Earth"!

The Weather Gods

The Weather Gods

It looks like the weather gods are on the Revival's side.

Free Bus Rides on Petaluma Transit

Petaluma_Transit_logo Petaluma Transit and RR have partnered to provide an eco-conscious and practical transportation alternative to this year’s event and the best part – its FREE!

Riders can take Bus Route 1, 11, and 24 and exit at the Copeland Transit Centers (transfers are available to these routes) and the bus drivers are happy to assist you in navigating your trip.

For a complete bus route schedule visit or for trip planning which can also be found on the PT’s home page.


Holy Matrimony!

Holy Matrimony!

  Planning on getting hitched at this year’s Rivertown Revival? Our application forms are now available at the above “apply yourself” pull down. Five buckeroos to our wonderful organization buys you a legal wedding with all trimmings or a fanciful commitment ceremony.

We are thrilled to welcome our newest Revivalist to the team! Meet wedding wrangler, Krista Fotou. She will be making the Hitching Post a beautiful place to tie the knot, and will be coordinating all elements of the 2014 Rivertown Revival weddings. Once you complete an application, she will follow up with you to schedule all the details.

Land(ing) Art

Rivertown Revival features all kinds of art – art boats, art performances, music and crafty items for you to purchase, but have you noticed the sculptures? Since the beginning of this amazing event, we have invited Sonoma County'(and beyond) sculptors to wow you with their skill and talent. Again this year, the artists will present their art on land and if you are lucky you will see some on water. On the promenade as you enter the event, you should look left and right to see the exhibition of sculptural wonders.  Here you will find the art of our sculpture luminaries who have worked hard to produce and present you with these feats of aesthetic beauty. All art will be available for barter.

Also of colossal wonder..... you may want to seek out the giant Photo Chapel of Michael Garlington. It is under wraps in the artist's studio on Copland and D our parking lot.  This work is in the process of being built for Burning Man and once completed will be enjoyed in the Nevada desert a the event, then burned.

Land(ing) Artists

Clearing, Crafting, Building & Boating Days in May, June and July 2014!

If you love Rivertown Revival, WE NEED YOU! Volunteer work days will be every Sunday in May, June and July from 10:00 to 3:00

Please come 10am - 3pm on Sundays in May, June and July to the River Heritage Center and join the Revivalists working hard to create this epic event.

All are welcome, and will enjoy live music, snacks, and the comradery of our community while freely slathering a little elbow grease around the various projects awaiting your help.

The River Heritage Center is located on the McNear Peninsula (entrance at Steamer Landing Park, which is located at D Street and Copeland).

Builders- will be working on building the docks, ticket booths, outbuildings, stages, and other areas of the festival. Bring your battery-powered tools (there will be an outlet for recharging) and some friends.  If you have access to scrap lumber that you think would help in construction, please email

Landscapers- Bring your weedwackers and help us clear the land for the big day!

Crafters-We'll be creating banners and cloth decor items for the festival. Please bring your basket filled with: stapler, scissors, needles and red, white, and creme thread, pins, and a cushion for your own tushie!

And we're looking for donations for the Kidstown Area of the festival- please drop off if you have any buttons, clothespins, toothpicks, wood skewers, ribbon, or green sticks.

10 Things to Know Before You Go

Attending the Revival- Important Information

  1. Entrance to the Rivertown Revival is $10.  No charge for babes in arms.  Dogs are not permitted into the festival.
  2. This is a family-friendly event with organized activities and entertainment available for children, tweens, and grownups- all included in the entrance price.
  3. Limited paid parking is available in the lot at Weller and East D streets. Parking is $10 per car. Free parking may be found at the Theater Square garage across the river on 2nd and C Streets.
  4. A massive, free,  Bicycle Valet organized by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will be near the entrance on Copeland and D.
  5. Water stations will be set around the Rivertown Revival for guests to fill their own water bottles. No bottled water will be sold at the event.
  6. Volunteers, Vendors, and Visitors are applauded for playing dressup.  Think Old West meets Victorian Carnival. There are always lots of folks in costume, so you won't be alone!
  7. The peninsula is a natural, bumpy, uneven environment.  Please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Smoking or open flames of any kind are prohibited on the peninsula.
  8. A wheelchair shuttle will be available to take guests to inaccessible areas of the festival. Handicap parking is available at the Steamer Landing Parking Lot.
  9. Several ATMs will be available at the festival.  Ticket booths accept cash and credit cards.
  10. Food and merchandise vendors accept cash, and in some cases, credit cards.

Fast for Rivertown Revival!

Fast For Rivertrown Revival

Or just raid your freezer, cupboard and root cellar until Wednesday May 15th, 8am to 9pm, when 5% of all proceeds at Whole Foods Market Petaluma will go to fund Rivertown Revival, The Greatest Slough on Earth!

Rivertown Revival musicians will tickle your ears (and other extremities if desired) throughout the day.

Sign up to volunteer, make a boat, get married, or all three!

Whole Foods Market Petaluma will crew our Beauty Barge at Rivertown Revival, so make sure to check out how to get gussied up between bouts of filling your cart.

So remember, by order of the Rivertown Admiralty, don’t purchase groceries until May15th, when we will descend on Whole Foods like a cloud of locusts!

Rivertown Revival Staff – The Old Timers

RR GirlsA diverse team of community loving folks organizes Rivertown Revival.  We started off modestly and have grown to a team of 30 staff members. In October 2009, Kelin and Vanessa brought the idea of an arts-based festival to David Yearsley and Elizabeth Howlad of Friends of the Petaluma River; they loved the idea; and Rivertown Revival was born.  We formed a team and met many new friends in the process.  Many of the original crew are still primary organizers of the event.  They are amazing human beings with tremendous energy, creativity, and loyalty.  This week we would like you to meet the founding members of Rivertown Revival who still don their STAFF shirts! Stay tuned every couple of weeks to encounter all of us salty dogs!

Founding Staff:

Captain Dave rowing his boatDavid Yearsley – Our Captain! Rivertown Revival Founder, former Executive Director of Friends of the Petaluma River Nickname – Captain Dave

David enjoyed sharing the stories of the Petaluma Watershed with his entire community; picking his guitar and singing songs; hunting with his dog Coco; having adventures with friends and family; traveling with Elizabeth; and seizing the day! Sadly, David passed away in 2011. We dedicate this wonderful community event to David Yearsley!

Rivertown Revival 2011Kelin Castleberry Backman – Festival Director, Rivertown Revival Founder, Board Member of Friends of the Petaluma River, and Proprietor of Clementine Eco-Events Nickname – call me KelChien, baby!

Kelin enjoys night hikes with stolen wine, shaking her booty to live music, and spending time with her awesome friends and family which includes: rock star husband, Eric; hilarious and artistic prodigy, Emma; tuba blowing and swimming fool, Sawyer; polar bear dog, Lucky; one-eyed, three legged dog, Jo; the jumpy and always licking Olive dog; and nine chickens.  Kelin also enjoys dorking out on details and getting lots of vitamin D (usually on the sunny patio of Water Street Bistro).

Vanessa on dutyVanessa Hauswald – Decoration Producer, Rivertown Revival Founder, Proprietor of Clementine Eco-Events, and Executive Director of Norcal High School Cycling League Nickname – Vinnie or Coco

Vanessa enjoys trolling garage sales, riding her bikes (yes there are many of them) all around the county, dragging her paddle board down to the Slough regularly for bird watching, and wearing awesome costumes whenever the hell she can.  Vanessa also loves an excuse to ditch work and drink beer, spontaneously grab her husband, Yuri, and take him on impromptu adventures in their EuroVan, and walk (be dragged by) her very energetic, kangaroo of a dog, Kingston.  Vanessa can often be spotted scheming with fellow Deco Producer, Chris, on upcoming crafting missions.

Glamour Shot Elizabeth Howland – Volunteer Wrangler and Chief Financial Officer, Rivertown Revival Founder, Board Member and Former Executive Director of Friends of the Petaluma River, and Proprietor of Clementine Eco-Events. Nickname – Betty or Silver Fox

Elizabeth enjoys playing her mandolin and singing harmony in her band Betty; taking a boat out on the Petaluma River; spending time with her many dear friends (she’s the unofficial mayor of Petaluma!) and her wonderful family of four children, their four partners, four grandchildren and dog Coco. Elizabeth’s warm smile and loyal friendship serve her well as our Volunteer Wrangler; folks just can’t tell her “no.”

First year set up Chris Aluia – Decoration Producer, Rivertown Revival Founder, Board Member of Petaluma Downtown Association, Advisory Member of Friends of the Petaluma River and Proprietor of Lions and Tigers and Hair Nickname  – Road Runner or Helluia

Chris loves the thrill of the hunt! You can often spot Chris looking for treasures at recycle town, Lytton Springs’ enormous thrift store and Skip Domingo’s auction. These humble beginnings become the beautiful decoration of Rivertown Revival.  This mad scientist of adornment can also be found drinking champagne with her friends at her mountain cabin, tapping her toe to Sonoma County’s live music scene, hanging out with her son Anthony, and cutting the majority of Petaluma’s children’s hair at her downtown shop: Lions and Tigers and Hair!

Tyler in photo boothTyler Young – Art Director, Rivertown Revival Founder, and Owner of Young Nomad Design Nickname – Ty (but Kelin likes to call him Chili Power)

Tyler is a man with a vision and mission.  Tyler leads the creative vision for Rivertown Revival and countless other community projects including ProjectHere. He set his roots in Petaluma with his wife Kellee and sons Max and Knoll, and has made our community a better place to live.  Not that he’s all vision, mind you. This brother brings the snark, and beer to many a function.

Shennon at afterparty Shennon O’Donnell – Co-Music Producer, Rivertown Revival Founder, Manager of The Mystic Theater Nickname – Shen

Shennon is a force; this lady rocks! She is a world travelling fool who is always up for an adventure, not that she’s reckless, mind you.  Shen’s a practical wild woman who books music for Rivertown Revival along with her partner in crime Josh Stithem.  She can also be found booking music for The Mystic Theater in Petaluma, hiking with friends, going to music festivals, and Segwaying down wine country roads.

Handcar Regatta Photo Vicky Kumpfer – Fine Art Curator, Rivertown Revival Founder, Visual Arts Manager at Arts Council of Sonoma County Nickname: Vi Vie Vicky Vie Vai

Vicky is a champion of Sonoma County artists, and has a great time finding innovative ways to expose our county to the talent that resides here.  From producing art shows, to writing grants, to pitching new ideas, Vicky’s always mixed up in some artistic shenanigan.  This sometimes-masked lady, can also be spotted at Burning Man and The Lagunitas Beer Circus. A girl’s gotta have fun! And there’s no shortage of that in Vicky’s life.

Natal Modica Natal Modica – Construction Coordinator, Rivertown Revival Founder, Owner of Natal Modica Construction Nickname – Natalio

If Natal has bad days, we haven’t witnessed them in the four years we have worked with him.  That guy is always flashing his pearly whites and cracking jokes with his crew.  Natal Modica Construction does all the heaving lifting and building of Rivertown. They build our fences, hang our signs, create temporary walls, and install all shade.  These guys rock, and Natal leads the charge.  You can also stop and thank Natal for the beautiful new wall on the south side of the barn at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center; his company built it!

Ready for Bocce Eric Backman ­– Ticket Agent, Rivertown Revival Founder, Assistant Principal at Casa Grande Nickname – Enrique or Betty 2

Eric is outside whenever his busy schedule allows (he’s at Olompali Park right now hiking around; this is the follow-up activity to the 7 mile run he did this morning at Helen Putnam).  When he’s not getting his nature fix, he’s playing drums in the band Betty; getting to know 2,000 teenagers at Casa Grande; prepping for book club (called Frobys) or hanging out with his family (see description in Kelin’s bio).  Eric is also fond of the R&R, and is frequently spotted on the Demspey’s Patio with a pint of Petaluma Strong Ale in hand.

Rivertown Revival Roster Revealed!

Rivertown Roster RevealedRivertown Revival’s thousand monkey typing pool has been hard at work, making sure that our 2012 music lineup is a masterpiece even Aldous Huxley would approve of. Locked in our underground think tank/bunker for over six months, our simian booking agents did not disappoint:

Channel Stage

  • 11:00-11:40 Homebrew
  • 11:55-12:35 Waters
  • 12:40-12:48 Belly Dance
  • 1:00-1:40 Driftwood
  • 3:40-4:20 Misner & Smith
  • 4:35-5:15 Rowdy River
  • 5:25-6:05 Kazamoze
  • 6:20-7:00 Frankie Boots

Barn Stage

  • 11:25 The Penny Hens
  • 12:20 Jimmy Chicken Pants
  • 1:15 Mr. December
  • 2:25 The Easy Leaves
  • 3:45 Smokehouse Gamblers
  • 4:50 Baby Seal Club
  • 5:50 John Courage
  • 6:45 Hub Bub Club

Front Porch

  • 12:25 Ghost Town Gospel
  • 1:30 Eliza Rickman
  • 2:30 Alison Harris and the Barn Owls
  • 3:30 Highway Poets
  • 4:30 The Crux
  • 5:30 David Luning

SUDS for the Slough Lagunitas Fundraiser April 10

SUDS For The Slough - Rivertown Revival 2012 Fundraiser

Please Come!

Lagunitas Brewing Company - April 10
5:30 to 8:00pm

2 Drinks
The Easy Leaves
The Crux
$5 Weddings

Your participation and donations help immeasurably to produce the Rivertown Revival.

Here's the official scoop:

Lagunitas Brewing Company will be the host location for this fundraiser where the ticket price includes a full dinner as well as live music, and two drinks. Come and swing your girl to the stomping' sounds of Sonoma County bands, The Crux and The Easy Leaves.

Tickets to the event are $20. All proceeds will benefit the costs associated with producing the Rivertown Revival Festival, the July 21 celebration of Petaluma’s River History. The Rivertown Revival is itself a benefit for the Petaluma River Heritage Center.

As in all Rivertown Revival events, costume elements incorporating the styles of the early 20th century heyday of the Petaluma River are applauded.

The organizers are grateful to the sponsoring providers: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mary’s Chicken, and Bros. BBQ, The Crux and The Easy Leaves.

Tickets are limited and will sell out.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lions &  Tigers & Hair in the Lan-Mart Building, 18 Kentucky Street, Petaluma.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is located at 1280 North McDowell Blvd in Petaluma.

The Third Annual Rivertown Revival- July 21, 2012

The Third Annual Rivertown Revival- July 21, 2012

Mark your calendars, prepare your fabrics, and gather your crew,

for the Third Annual Rivertown Revival comes to celebrate the slough!

"Join up now" reads one fine quote,

"Volunteer, Sponsor, or Build a Boat!"

Merchants and musicians are encouraged as well,

For this year we know attendance will swell.

Check back here for forms, news and posts,

As we plan for a Revival that exceeds your hopes.