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rivertown revival

August 1, 2011

ready for the revival!

Rivertown Revival Festival with boats at the dock

this boat created by Todd Barriclow is also a handcar that runs on the rails

David Luning Band playing the Front Porch at the Rivertown Revival • This portable stage has also been sighted at Burning Man

the swan boat!


All photos by Scott Hess

The corset made its debut at the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma this weekend. It held up and was very comfortable. I planned this corset to fit, not to tighten, so that must have been why it was comfortable!
This wonderful festival is a bit like Burningman with regard to the creative artwork and lack of advertising but is only one afternoon, and has that small town feeling. Located out on McNear penninsula, in a little pocket of wilderness right downtown, the Revival is just what I am looking for in a town festival. The aforementioned lack of advertising, old time music by young musicians, a river monster sighting, weddings on the hill all day long, art boat races, (one of the boats also runs on the rails…) everyone dressed up in fun old-timey costumes and kids playland with goats and a make-your-own-boats-out-of-corks-and-sticks-and-float-them place. Not to mention the good food, water stations where you bring your own cup and the open air feeling of the event, that by the way, is free. Our lovely friends Beth and Eric were married there, ($5 dollar weddings) and although I only was able to attend the first half of the wedding since I was summoned to playland by a certain other guest, it was a lovely ceremony.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sacha permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:37 am

    You look so pretty! What a great time. I hope to attend next year.

    • karen hess permalink*
      August 1, 2011 8:59 am

      thanks Sacha! It was beautiful and this year was even easier than last year with the little guy. Next year, it will be even better! There were over 8,000 people there!

  2. August 1, 2011 10:25 am

    What a fantastic day! I love living here in Eugene, Oregon BUT.. It no longer has a small town feel ;( Luckily we have darling little towns near by. Love Scott’s photos~

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