Sonoma County Historical Society 2018 Annual Picnic

Sunday Sep 16 2018   11:00 AM
Tolay Lake Regional Park  5869 Cannon Ln, Petaluma, CA  map

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

More info here.

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at