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Rockin' Rio Nido, January 2011

Rockin’ Rio Nido

By Elisabeth Parker & Elena Chronis
For the Sonoma County Gazette’s January, 2011 Issue

‘Tis the season... still

The winter days may be cold, dark and dreary, but the festive holiday lights make us feel warm and cheery.We’re glad so many of our neighbors choose to generously maintain their seasonal displays well past the New Year.

Rio Nido’s street signs also look shiny and bright, thanks to Matt Malik,Jennifer Ostrom, Ingrid Emming, Fred Beeler, and Larry Tocmakidis. We came along for the ride, and enjoyed whizzing about Rio Nido on the back of Fred’s pick-up truck with our scrub brushes, Simple Green, and day-glow orange safety vests.

Raves from The Bohemian

An unexpected holiday gift came toRio Nido’s neighbors and many fans, when we opened up the Dec. 1 2010 issue of the North Bay Bohemian and read David Templeton’s heartening article, “Russian River Revival.”

The article recounts people’s fond memories from the ’40s and discusses many of the positive things happening in our community. We only wish that Mr. Templeton had asked us for a more recent photo of the Rio Nido Lodge than the one he ran with the article. As you can see from the photo your columnists have so thoughtfully inserted above, the Lodge looks much better now that Dennis Judd has reinstalled some of the windows and made some other repairs. Boarded-up windows are so-o-o 2009.

Okay, well, it still doesn’t look so great, but it’s still a huge improvement over what it looked like before. If you havent read the article, visit

Centennial Celebration

On Sunday Dec. 19, neighbors gathered at the Rio Nido Roadhouse to celebrate Rio Nido’s 100th birthday. Despite the winter rains, everyone enjoyed tasty burgers, hot dogs,and delicious potluck dishes, while the kids roasted marshmallows. At 4:00pm, folks headed over to the Rio Nido Lodge for dessert, a ginger brea dhouse contest, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Thank you Dennis Judd, Brad Metzger, Kim Link, Marsee Henon, Clare Harris, Efren Carrillo, the Russian River Historical Society, Pegasus Theater, 95.1 KGGV FM(especially Laura Mueller’s historical radio show “Anecdotal Evidence” which airs on Saturdays at 12:00pm), the Guerneville 5&10, and others for making this event a big success.

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