back to back sundays celebrate history from cinco de mayo to root beer floats

(Blogpost #3,05.17.2016-Gualala and Stewarts Point)

Passion and Pride!  That’s what fuels us up here along the Mendonoma Coast giving way to two special events on recent back to back Sunday’s. Our neighborhoods came out to participate and celebrate.

cinco de mayo at bower park brings grandes sonrisas

cincodemayo sign
signs directing to festival

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In America, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.


And celebrate we did at Bower Park. The vibrancy of celebration was seen in the colors of the costumed dancers and could be heard in the music that kept most people from sitting down. Kids smiled and performed  proudly.

Javier Chavez from Action Network spread his smile and energy checking in throughout the crowd to make sure everyone was having fun. Bernadette Smith cheered her dancing students on as they performed.


Other familiar faces could be seen serving authentic dishes. A setting that could be a Mexican town plaza but set in our own local redwoods. One of the unique parings that lends to the magic of where we live.


“Come get fresh Aguas Frescas” (Spanish “fresh waters,” a combination of fruits or vegetables blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic drinks) could be heard on the grounds of Bower Park where the Cinco de Mayo festival was held. Pinatas and delicacies hung from kiosks.

DJ Smerf, provided the music while a young Mexican population provided the performances of traditional dance and practiced collaboration. As they danced on stage the onlookers were tapping their feet, clapping their hands and singing out phrases of music and encouragement.


Over a dozen sponsors help bring the Cinco de Mayo celebration to Bower Park.

the sponsors

 twofish2 opens the doors again at stewarts point store to a large crowd and lots of ice-cream 


After several months of anticipation while closed for renovation Twofish baking company opened up their second Mendonoma location at the Stewarts Point Store.


overview side 1

Twofish2 maintains the feel of the  1800’s general store, showcasing  items from the history of the store that opened in the same location in 1868


Once again, partners and owners, Hilla Ahvenainen and Margaret Smith have worked tirelessly to keep not only the authenticity of the general store but also restores a good ol’ energy that is familiar with general store’s customers.


Twofish, the original  founded in 2003  in The Sea Ranch, also by Smith and Ahvenainen, continues to serve a loyal following and the curious tourist in a small informal natural cafe setting.

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margaret smith  and hilla ahvenain


Candy displays and offerings bring even the oldest of us back to tasting childhood. The Stewart’s Point Store had been owned and operated by the same family, the Richardson’s since 1868 until it changed management of the store about a year ago, closing several months later.

Shelves and showcases at Twofish2 are filled with beverages and food for easy take-out or simple preparing and probably, the emergency item you need. There is no shortage of offerings for nurturing sweet teeth or hungry bellies after the most twisted part of Highway 1. The specialty food menu makes choices difficult to make. Added attention has been given to vegetarians and vegans.



At the general store, “Wow, I haven’t had a root beer float for years” could be heard from more than one person standing or sitting inside and outside during grand opening sunday.



Twofish2 is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Twofish in The Sea Ranch is open Thurs-Sat, 8a.m.- 3:00 and on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30.  Parking is available at each location but get there early for the best selection.More on twofish here.


Local and proud to welcome another year of Cinco de Mayo and the new location of Twofish2.





















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