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It's beautiful in the Napa Valley in April. The brilliant California Poppies are beginning to bloom among the scattered spires of Blue Bonnet Lupine, a striking contrast in the green grass. A great month for picnics! Many wineries have tables on their grounds; have the Antipasti from Dean & Deluca delivered to your B&B and you're set!
If you are in the neighborhood this month, here is our recommendation of interesting things to see and do:
April 13 -- Arts & Culture Lecture Series
April 15 -- Easter Egg Hunt
April 29 -- Monticello's Spring Gala
April 29 - 30 -- April in Carneros - Open House Extavaganza
April 31 - May 21 -- Designer's Show House Tour
"The Silverado Squatters" by Robert Louis Stevenson, publisher: Mercury House, San Francisco.
Originally published in 1883 it recounts his 9-week stay in the Napa Valley in 1880. To see things through his perceptive eyes: "But Irvine had come scatheless through life, conscious only of himself, of his great strength and intelligence; and in the silence of the universe, to which he did not listen, dwelling with delight on the sound of his own thoughts."
"The silence of the universe" is here and I invite you to come listen. The Napa River has something to say on the topic - if you listen carefully, and the meadowlarks singing on the fence posts also, and as Stevenson described, the sound of the wind in the trees and grapevines. That's why when the weather's warm and dry, a picnic at a winery should always be on your itinerary and you might see swallows painting music in the sky.
Stevenson recounts his visits to two winemakers. You can visit the same Schramsberg winery he wrote about - by appointment. You can read Stevenson's chapter on the Schramsberg web site: http://www.schramsberg.com/rls.htm.
The area where the Stevenson's lived has been made into a state park 9 miles north of Calistoga on Highway 29: http://cal-parks.ca.gov/DISTRICTS/silverado/rlssp215.htm
And there is a wonderful museum dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson in St. Helena with artifacts from his and mother's home, first addition books, paintings by his wife and books about him. There are manuscript notes, the lead soldiers he played with as a boy, one of his writing desks and his wedding ring. There are over 8,000 artifacts, the displays change every 3 months. The museum is appropriate for youngsters as well as scholars and bibliophiles.
The Silverado Museum 1490 Library Lane St. Helena, CA Phone: 707-963-3757 Fax: 707-963-0917 Mailing address: P.O. Box 409 St. Helena Hours: 12 - 4 every day except Mondays and holidays
Other information on Robert Louis Stevenson: http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/britlit/rls/rls.html, http://www.unibg.it/rls/bio.htm
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