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Gourds galore celebrated at harvest festival

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 | Posted by

Time to celebrate the lowly but heroic and useful gourd. The annual Calabash in Forestville is Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. and what a bash it will be.

For 12 years Food For Thought has focused on the gourd and art at harvest time. This year Occidental Arts and Ecology Center has joined forces and brought their gardening experience to the garden at Food for Thought. Guests at Calabash will enjoy a sumptuous array of fine food and wine from the county’s bountiful harvest, and live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. More than 100 artists have been invited to work with gourds and bring their work to Calabash.

Gourds are one of the oldest cultivated crops that are believed to have spanned the entire globe in prehistoric times. They were known mostly by cultures in temperate and tropical zones because this is where gourds grow best. Gourds were most commonly used for storing supplies, hauling water, making cooking and eating utensils, musical instruments, bird feeders, bird houses, and rattles.

Calabash will be held at Food For Thought in downtown Forestville at 6550 Railroad Ave. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event may be purchased for $45 in advance either online or at the Food Bank or $50 at the door the day of the event. For advance tickets sales and more information call Food for Thought at 707-887-1647.

Food for Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank is a non-profit organization established in 1988, dedicated to providing comprehensive nutritional services for people with disabling HIV and AIDS who live in Sonoma County. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center is a non-profit educational center and intentional community founded in 1994 by a group of biologists, artists, activists, educators, and horticulturists.


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