Sonoma County theater is not dying and musicals are not killing theater. The numbers of theaters has grown along with the expectations that audiences should fill the seats. "Build it and they will come" has it's limits.
Does Sonoma County have more expensive theaters that pay salaries to staff, actors and musicians then reason should expect audiences to pay for?
I remember it well!
Scott Kersnar, Steve Pizzo, And Connie Schlabach owned and operated the Russian River News and put out an issue that week. Connie and John DeSalvio did layout, he and Frank Remkoweitz were the cartoonists. Scott and Steve were able to get the RRN print pages out the back way and over the Sweetwater Springs Rd until they were stopped by a landslide. They then walked thru the slide to another waiting car from the other side and finished the drive to Healdsburg to the printers.
That issue of the RRN went out with the Safeway insert and with their flood pictures became a valuable collectors item.
I believe The Paper was flooded.
I and two of our children, in the meantime, hosted friends Manure Man and a very nervous Tiana Lee, whose clothing store Changes, and home we're flooding. Some of us walked, waded and boated into town daily to help out, assess damages and rubberneck. We had "freezer soup" meals with our neighbors at night by candlelight, and hung our rainwear and socks in the living room to dry near the wood stove.
After, came the back breaking cleanup of friends stores, homes and Southside resort. Don't ever try to carry a mud soaked wall to wall carpet!
Fond community coming together memories.
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