The Latest News on the Preservation of Tesla Park May 28th, 2017
Tesla Park is a place of irreplaceable biodiversity, history, and beauty, and this land needs to be preserved as a legacy of our region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker have taken a step proposed by Friends of Tesla Park (FOTP) to support the purchase of Tesla from State Parks through the Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee (ALOSC). In May, Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker sent a joint letter to the Director of State Parks, Lisa Mangat, asking her to encourage the off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division to consider this proposal. This is one way to ensure Tesla is permanently protected from high impact motorized usage. FOTP hopes Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker will continue to work with local stakeholders and the East Bay Legislative delegation to permanently protect Tesla through purchase by the ALOSC or other means.
Friends of the Vineyards is strongly against destruction of this sensitive land and has supported its protection for several years. It is now time to save Tesla Park once and for all.
2017 FOV Summer Event---Wente Cave Tour & Sycamore Grove Hike Sunday, May 21, 2017 10AM Sycamore Grove Park -- Arroyo Road entrance
On Sunday May 21st, Friends of the Vineyards hosted a hike, cave tour, and lunch for our members.
The event began with a “gentle” hike through parts of Sycamore Grove Park guided by LARPD Ranger Dawn Soles. Much of the focus of the hike as discussed with the group centered on the water damage caused by the heavy rains and flooding in the Park earlier this year. Dawn’s comments were very informative and tied together many of the visible and tangible evidence that still remains in the Park.
Following the hike, the group moved across the street for a tour of the caves at Wente Vineyards accompanied by some wine tasting at our stops along the way in the caves. Once again we had a very amicable, knowledgeable, and informative guide who related the history of the Wente family, the caves, and the winery. One interesting aspect was how the winery managed to stay afloat during Prohibition (making sacramental wine). The tour ended with a stop in their home herb and vegetable garden that services the restaurant. Afterwards, the group enjoyed an alfresco box lunch on a little patio between the caves and the tasting room. Of course, wine was included. All our attendees really enjoyed the day.
2017 FOV Scholarship Winners May 17th, 2017
The FOV scholarship awards for 2017 were awarded at Las Positas College on May 17th. With your help, we gave out one for Enology (Elizabeth Refsnider) and one for Viticulture (Ryan Hunt). They were both quite thankful for the awards, and are both currently already working in the local wine industry, with plans to go further once they graduate. We wish them success in the future and can't wait to see how they can help the Livermore Valley wine country continue to thrive!
2017 Livermore Wine Country Festival May 6-7, 2017 Downtown Livermore, CA
The Friends of the Vineyards (FOV) was one of over 300 vendors that set up and managed a booth on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th at the Livermore Wine Country Downtown Street Festival. This festival is one of the largest in the East Bay with over 150,000 people attending and celebrates wine, craft beers, arts, crafts, dining, and entertainment in the downtown charm of Livermore.
Our FOV Directors managed the booth and were able to explain to our visitors who we are and what we do. It was fun talking to our guests about our efforts to preserve open space, agriculture land, our wine industry, and our trails. We were also able to explain urban growth boundaries and the South Livermore Area Plan and how they work together to help us protect our valuable land, precious water, trails, and endangered species. We have only one planet and we must all work together to preserve it.
January 2017 Election Results January 30th, 2017
Board Director/Recording Secretary, Dr. Neal Ely and Board Director, Meredith Sarboraria were re-elected for their respective positions during the election held in January. Congratulations!
FOV Annual Meeting January 30th, 2017 Livermore Public Library, Civic Center
The meeting began with President Tammy Reus and Treasurer Don Milanese giving a report on the successes of 2016, including support to such issues and organizations as Friends of Tesla Park, the Tri-Valley Conservancy, Dubliners for Change, and opposing the waiver to Measure D for the conditional use permit requested by the Sikh Temple.
Tammy provided some welcoming remarks to the approximately 40 people in attendance, including Board members. Some of the events noted included the Page Mill scholarship fund raiser, the annual holiday party, participation in the Wine Country Festival, and the hike and Wente cave tour/lunch.
We were also able to announce the results of our board elections with the reinstatement of Meredith Sarboraria and Dr. Neal Ely as Directors. During the meeting the guest speaker, Mr. Dick Finn, gave an interesting and engaging talk titled “History of Tri-Valley Vineyards.” The talk focused on the development and early years of the grape growing and wine making in the Valley up through about the turn of the 20th Century. His talk was well received and drew a number of questions.
Of course, just knowing how your membership is helping the Valley is reward enough, but we also want to remind you do get perks on top of that. Showing your membership card at most of the local wineries will get you anywhere from 10-30% off your wine purchases! Click here for a complete list of participating wineries and discounts. You are also invited to attend our events at exclusive member pricing---like our Wine & Food Pairings and annual Holiday Party--and rare tours of some of the open spaces YOU’VE helped preserve! It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation for your support.