Social & Fun
A place for both those exploring their newly evolving artistic interests and artists who’ve been exploring them for years. Everyone in this group brings their own projects and supplies to work on in a community setting. The group meets on Mondays from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Art/Watercolor Classes (SRJC)
Santa Rosa Junior College offers 2 free classes in Water Media. Students may use watercolor, pastels, acrylics or other media, excepting traditional oil paints. Beginning painters will learn something of the basics of painting and how to handle their materials. More experienced painters can expand their knowledge of techniques and materials. All students will be able to sharpen their skills of perception and be able to better express themselves, helped by a greater understanding of the principles of design and composition. These classes fill up fast!
This local group makes no-sew fleece blankets for homeless shelters, children’s groups and other charities. These cut and tie blankets can be made in under 3 hours with two 2 yard-pieces of fleece, and a pair of scissors. Contact Margaret directly with questions at 707.933.1693 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sonoma Blanket Brigade started in 2008 by Margaret Bell. After learning how to make these easy no-sew acrylic fleece blankets, Margaret and her daughter thought it would be a good project to make blankets throughout the year to give away during the holidays. There are over 50 ladies currently making blankets, plus the Mentoring Alliance and the Teen Parents SVHS and Creekside High School. The group averages about 200 blankets a year. They are given to various non-profit groups in Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Napa. There is a blanket giveaway held at Vintage House every November where representatives from the various groups come to receive their blankets.
Chat Discussion Group
The Chat Discussion Group is a facilitated group that meets weekly to discuss current local and world events in a dynamic setting where everyone may voice their viewpoints in a fun, stimulating, social group. The Chat group meets on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Christine Collins.
FACILITATOR: Christine Collins has an MSc in Occupational Therapy on Brain Injury. She has had a challenging and very rewarding 30-year career working in Ireland, England and Canada as an Occupational Therapist. Since she came to Sonoma in June 2014, she has volunteered at Vintage House and Quarryhill Botanical Garden. She believes that socializing with people is as important as regular exercise and good nutrition.
In 1998, the Vintage House Quilters began making quilts to be donated to local charities and those in need. Over the past 17 years, the group has made 315 quilts! Participation has waned over the past couple years and the group had decided that quilt number 315 will be the last. If you are a group of quilters who are passionate about reviving this tradition, please talk to Marissa at 707.996.0311.
Vintage House Singers
This is one of the longest standing programs at Vintage House. The Singers provide our community with 2 concerts each year – in the spring and at holiday time. If you are a long time vocalist or new to singing for fun, please consider joining this lively group. Practice starts in September and continues until after the Spring Concert. Check the schedule for details.
INSTRUCTOR VOLUNTEERS Kay Adams, co-director, was one of the founding members of the Sonoma Valley Chorale. She was a former director of the choir at the Sonoma United Methodist Church and continues to direct the New Wine Ringers Bell Choir, one of the first church bell choirs in the valley. Gay Weir, co-director, started music lessons at age eight. She has a background in clarinet, piano and voice. She taught middle and high school music and also kindergarten at Prestwood School with a daily emphasis on music. She continues to sing, play piano, and compose. She has been a frequent composer and director of many pieces for the Vintage House Singers. Sondra Cooper, piano accompanist, has been a practicing physical therapist for over 45 years. Beginning piano at the age of eight, she was an accompanist for her high school girls’ glee club, variety shows and operettas.
Exercise your brain and meet new people while playing games. You can play Bridge, Canasta, Chess, Cribbage or Crib, Mahjong and Poker. We offer both instructional courses and social gaming.