A Bird’s Eye View #513 – 20th September 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Having drank so much water and eaten so many salads for three days straight at the Fair, you can probably imagine that I’m inevitably not feeling very lively and creative this morning (Monday) as I contemplate my column.  As a result it will be brief…
Here’s a quick update on the evening dining scene here in the Valley that has not appeared for a few weeks… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as the Guest Chef on Monday evenings from 5-9pm, while their regular hours remain Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm… Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boonville, can be enjoyed Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Saturday, closed on Sunday… The Buckhorn is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. They are open weekdays at 11am and are closed on Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel continues with their family-style, prix fixe menu and have now expanded their hours to Thursday thru’ Monday evenings. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, is now closed on ‘Taco’ Tuesday. They continue their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of their previous favorites, from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Monday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… Stone and Embers in The Madrones is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has ended their Happy hour but the Sunday brunch continues for now (11am-2.30pm) and dinner is still from 5.30-9pm Thursday-Sunday… Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck is at the A.V Brewery Visitor Center on Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm; the Boonville Hotel on Wednesday, noon to 8pm; and at Balo Winery on Thursdays… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month, on Thursday, September 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!…… #546 – Due to the County Fair that took place last weekend, the Unity Club’s Community Lending Library, held twice-weekly at The Fairgrounds, will be closed until the first week of October – if that makes sense… #547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners, and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 21, the lunch, served at Noon, will be Parmesan Cod followed by Lemon Cake… Then, next Tuesday, September 26, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Pork with apples with Apple Crisp for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

The Three-Dot lounge is closed for ‘Fair Recovery’ but we can share a few thoughts on that event from our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, in another addition to his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “Some observations, thoughts, and opinions on the 2017 County Fair… I sat at the A.V. Historical Society and Museum booth for a time on Friday afternoon and found it strange how many folks said ‘Oh, its The Hysterical Society’ – is it that funny?… On Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed a Venezuelan Arepa (like a taco but better) that I assumed would surely be in the running for Turkey Vulture’s ‘Best Food In Show’ award… If there are no Bumper Cars – it’s not a real Carnival… Many, many teenagers spotted in groups of three and four, all staring at their phones and texting, not talking to each other. Perhaps they should be hanging around with the ones they are texting and not the clearly boring ones they are with?… Superb displays of livestock… Excellent pie competition – the ones I furtively nibbled on were outstanding… Some vitriolic comments made and received by the Republican Party booth… Too many law enforcement officers present – and why are they in large groups of five or so? Surely being in pairs would be so much more efficient, and certainly more friendly and comforting for the public whom they are there to ‘protect and serve’… The A.V. Fire and Ambulance Burger was once again Turkey Vulture’s ‘Best Food in Show’ – I agreed; the aforementioned Venezuelan Arepa was runner up; the Polish Dog from the Sausage and Curly Fries Guy came third … A metal detector at the main gate???… “Wow that’s so old!” – a local 6th grader when he saw a photo of the A.V. Museum taken in 1991… “Get a beer and grab your goat” – heard at the Friday Night Unofficial Goat judging competition… By Sunday morning only two local high school girls had run off with carnies… The Fair seemed to be significantly quieter overall, but I could be wrong… Lots of smiling faces and laughter; joyous greetings as old friends met; and a heartwarming sense of community as the County and our visitors enjoyed the ‘Best Little Fair in the West”…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave your pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace… Keep on humming, Hummingbird…

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