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Aug. 7, 2017

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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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This week in NapaLife

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Harvest begins in Napa Valley
V Wine Ce;lebration raises $8.8 million

E & M presents family shows
Patio happy hour at the Blue Note
Locals’ night at the Corner Napa
Lucky Penny associate artists
Wine Train to “Rock the Rails”
Compadres music
Music at Napkins
Liquor licenses available 
Goose & Gander names chef
News for the wine community
Nichelini winemaker wins awards Summit for HR
Tastes at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Beer or wine production for lease
This week in Napa Valley
Tree tour of Fuller Park
This week at Cameo Cinema
Locals night at Mark Herold Wines
MAVA Wine Maker’s Dinner
Napa Farmers’ Market
Locals Night at Blue Note 
Napa Valley Writers with Perry
Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill
Wine at Cadet with Hourglass
Honig Benefit for Type I Diabetes
Blue Note presents Parlor Social
Napa Town & Country Fair
The great Tempranillo study
Party for Expression Wines Rosé
Miss Moonshine at Silo’s
One Main Cigar Enthusiasts
Blue Note presents Oakland Stroke
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Di Rosa curator’s lunchtime art talk
White wines from around the world
Pair-Off Pour-Off lobster shack food    Napa City Nights summer concerts
Ca’ Momi Osteria live music   
Purple Haze Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Garage Band 101 for Adults
Landmarks Vintage Trailer Hitch Up
Golf tournament for Molly’s Angels
Carneros wine tournament
Benefit for Borman baseball field
Creating instruments at museum
Local Jean Ryan at Napa Library
Fête for Music in the Vineyards
Teatro Bistecca dinner theater
Demetri Martin at Uptown
Lobster feast at Ceja
Summer of Love party at Cliff Lede
Blue Note Gospel Brunch
Wine Library Wine Tasting
Crusher Wine District Triple Crown
A Taste of Hall
St. Clair Brown Garden Music Series
The Teacher at Jarvis Conservatory
Napa Ballroom Dancers dance party
Future events
Cadet patio party
Fletcher’s Cheese Meets Beer Class
Nappalachia anniversary
Fundraiser for Bill Dodd
Main Street Reunion
Whetstone Cellars’ Harvest Party
Mike Thompson’s pasta dinner
Celebrate the Art of Bourbon
Wine dinner with Herencia Del Valle
Bale Grist Mill Harvest Dinner
Charles Krug Tasting on the Lawn
Oxbow District Fork It Over
Story You Have to Tell workshop
St. Helena Catholic School Auction


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Blue Note Club
  • Aug. 25-27 Livingston Taylor

  • Sept. 20-21 Nicolas Bearde

  • Sept. 26 Michael Kaeshammer

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • Aug 8 ABBA: The Concert
  • Aug 12 Comedian Demetri Martin
  • Aug 18 Comedian Rodney Carrington
  • Aug 26 Dave Koz and Larry Graham, Side By Side
  • Sept 9  Jackie Evancho
  • Sept 17 Dave Mason -- Alone Together Again Tour
  • Sept. 29 Get the Led Out
  • Oct 5 John Prine
  • Oct 6 Randy Newman
  • Oct 7 Shawn Colvin
  • Oct 8 The Mavericks
  • Oct. 13 Take Me To the River - Memphis Soul & R&B
  • Oct 19 – Boz Scaggs
  • Oct. 21 Howie Mandel
  • Oct 28 – Louis Prima Jr & The Witnesses
  • Oct 29 Home Free
  • Nov 30 – An Irish Christmas
  • Dec 9 the Pixies
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
  • Sept. 9 Third annual Napa Valley Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering
  • Sept. 16 Willie K
  • Sept. 17 Free community concert For the Love of Music: Fall Fusion
  • Sept. 24 Magic Men Live!
  • Oct. 10 Jo Koy
  • Oct. 14 Repin and the Russian Romantics
  • Oct. 21 A Night at the Sands
  • Nov. 4 Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration
  • Dec. 9 VOENA: Voices of the Season...Wonderland
  • Dec. 10 Holidays in Buenos Aires
  • Dec. 16 & 17 The Nutcracker
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents
  • Sept. 16  Sing Along Moana 

  • Oct. 7 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

  • Jan. 14 Doktor Kaboom in “Lookout, Science Is Coming”! 

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.

Napa Valley Music

Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • Oct. 20 - Nov. 5 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Dec.  1 - 23 Annie
  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 8x10: Ten Minute Play Festival
  • Feb. 23 - March 11 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens
  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody  
Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.
Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson
The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

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Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine  public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations, Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.

The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.
Print version $9.99
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You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email