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SCHS 2018 Picnic - Tolay Lake Regional Park

The Sonoma County Historical Society announces its 2018 Annual Picnic, to be held from 11AM to 3PM on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma.

Regional Parks had planned to have Tolay open to the general public but this was delayed due to the fires. At this time it is not known if the public opening will be delayed past September 16 th . We will be welcome regardless and might have the entire park to ourselves.

Directions: Take Lakeville Highway (CA-116) southeast from Petaluma. At Ernie’s Tin Barn, continue southeast on Lakeville as CA-116 turns left for Sonoma. Watch for the Keller Estate Winery sign and turn left onto Mangel Ranch Road (Cannon Lane). Continue past the winery to the end of the road (asphalt becomes gravel). Enter the park through the open gate and go downhill to the parking area. We have the group picnic area for the day.

Tolay Lake Regional Park Link

Sonoma County Historical Society will provide sausages/hot dogs and buns, soft drinks, and water (there is NO safe drinking water in the park). You may bring wine and beer for yourself and to share if you wish. Please bring a tablecloth and a dish to share.

If your last name begins with

  • A to I—appetizers
  • J to R—salad
  • S to Z—dessert
  • Tolay Lake’s 3,434 acres makes it the largest Regional Park. It is a great place for hiking and wildlife watching. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes! Regional Parks may be able to arrange a Hay Ride with an antique tractor and wagon.

    Our invited guest speaker is Chairman Dr. Greg Sarris, of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Greg will read from his book, How a Mountain Was Made, a cycle of stories inspired by Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation stories that center on the Santa Rosa plain, Copeland Creek, and the sacred site of Sonoma Mountain.


    Graton Rancheria Greg Sarris - How a Mountain was Made

    The picnic is free to SCHS members and their guests but the park charges $7.00 for parking unless you have a Regional Parks membership. We suggest you make friends with someone who has a pass and carpool. Those planning to attend, please call Marjorie Torliatt after Aug. 15 at 707-545-7507 to make a reservation. Reservations are requested so we know how much food and drink to purchase.

    The rebirth of Ya-Ka-Ama

    In 1969, a group of Native Americans declared that surplus U.S. land should revert to the tribes and occupied Alcatraz Island to make their point. Some were from Sonoma County, which has a population of 10,645 Native Americans according to the 2010 census. Indians across the country were galvanized and also began occupying surplus government land. Read full story at Pressdemocrat.com...

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