Neo-Romantic composer David Del Tredici was born in Cloverdale, California in 1937. He began his music career as a pianist and turned to music composition while attending the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his career many of his works have drawn upon literary influences, and in 1980 Del Tredici was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for In Memory of a Summer Day, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. For this week’s Listen Up we’ve chosen to share Del Tredici’s earlier (1976) orchestral work “Acrostic Song” from Final Alice (also inspired by Carroll), performed by the Rutgers University Symphony Band and conducted by Peter Stanley Martin.
Sonoma-blue skies dabbed with bright white clouds made the small town of Cloverdale California (pop. 8,618) especially fresh and appealing. Pretty little pastel Victorian homes with white picket fences, a Sculpture Trail through the town center on Cloverdale Boulevard, a steepled carpenter gothic church, and small owner-operated shops and restaurants all rest unassumingly, surrounded by northern Sonoma’s lush green foothills. It was a lazy day – a day for browsing and talking to Sunshine, the sales clerk at 14 Feet (a spot-on modern vintage home furnishing store), about how the sun always seems to shine on the annual Citrus Fair Parade, or who slings the best burger, or why she feels so lucky to live in a town where everybody knows her name. A few steps from 14 Feet’s door, we stopped for vegan treats at Plank Coffee (also owned by 14 Feet’s proprietors, Mike and Marne), then made our way to Pick’s Drive In which promises “the best bacon cheeseburger in Sonoma County.” Originally opened in 1923, this historic little drive in was bought by David Alioto (owner of Healdsburger in nearby Healdsburg) in June, 2016. Pick’s has authentic charm, fast friendly service and their juicy (7-napkin) burger certainly sets the bar high for the competition.
After leaving downtown Cloverdale California, we drove a few miles west to the southern park entrance of Lake Sonoma. A 2,700 acre reservoir created by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1983 with the completion of Warm Springs Dam, the lake is one of the most stunning inland vistas in Sonoma County. If you have time for more than taking in the scenery, Lake Sonoma has 40 miles of hiking trails, fishing, boating and mountain biking. The sun was setting on our afternoon excursion, but we had one more stop to make. At the nearby Don Clausen Fish Hatchery the endangered Steelhead trout were pushing upstream and jumping out of the water as they climbed the fish ladder. I hate to anthropomorphize, but I’d like to think they were jumping for joy.
Indian summer is coming early this year as dark flowing floral print dresses — in a color palette usually reserved for fall — hit the runway for Spring 2017. And women will be stepping out of muddy March and rainy April with their boots pulled on to walk through knee-high fields of May flowers — or to continue marching in the streets. Harkening back to the flower power and upheavel of the late 60’s, and an update to LA streetwear circa 1993, demure meets renegade once again as designers pair subdued floral printed chiffon with serious shit-kicker boots. Free-spirited women with a nasty attitude get ready to break some rules — vive la résistance!
Vintage-like dresses in blacks, browns and deep reds sprinkled with cream, amber and gold flowers are the trend to watch and buy. They’ve shown up in the current collections of Cavalli, McQueen, Erdem, Simone Rocha, Coach 1941, Fendi and more. Michael Kors and Delpozo have interpreted the trend in handbags and Chloé has taken it undercover in lingerie. As always, accessories make or break the look. Stradivarius Scarpe showed my new favorite pair of Doc Martens-like boots laced up with thick triple belts at the ankle. For a quick and easy DIY project add a few tiny flowers to the rims of your favorite Ray-Bans. But remember: all that floral chiffon won’t keep you warm on chilly spring mornings and nights. You’ll need to ward off the cold by layering with a vintage fringe vest from Walter Baker or a highly embellished black leather biker jacket à la McQueen or Gucci. A great biker jacket is an item that is definitely worth the investment: your rebel style will be iconic and you’ll pass the jacket down to the next generation.
Fashion images left to right from the top: dress by Coach 1941; dress by Simone Rocha; lingerie by Chloé; vintage Walter Baker vest over Fendi dress; DIY decorated Ray-Ban sunglasses; Gucci biker jacket; Stradivarius Scarpe boots; Valentino dress; Michael Kors clutch; Coach 1941 runway look. Background images shot in 14 Feet and on the street in Cloverdale. Images shared from pinterest and zippertravel.