The Exclusive Napa County Locals’ Must Dos - March 2019
Spring is arriving this month, which means that it is time to once again get out and about our Napa Valley! We have had plenty of rain this year—and if you are anything like me, you may also have a major case of cabin fever. On those intermittent days when we do get some sunshine, I simply cannot wait to get out the door. Thankfully, increasing sunnier days are in our future for the balance of the year.
The abundant precipitation of the first part of this year has also resulted in shades of deep green across the valley, there are lots of blossoms from the floor of the valley up onto the hillsides, and those tiny-yet-important buds breaking on the grapevines are changing the stark winterized vineyard landscape.
Another fresh springtime “crop” that I enjoy annually are the musicals produced by local high schools. We are fortunate to have local educators that instill in our children the importance of the arts. As an alum of the vocal music program at Vintage High School, the musical theatre programs are dear to my heart. This month both Napa High School and Justin-Siena High School have large casts hitting the stage—do not miss these performances!
Whatever you choose to do, be a local supporter, participant, spectator or volunteer. Here are my top “only in Napa Valley” opportunities for the month of March!
Napa High School Presents “A Tale of Two Cities”
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
This is the second and final weekend of this production run at the Napa Valley Unified School District Auditorium, based upon the historical novel by Charles Dickens and set in the 18th century in the two cities of London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The musical “A Tale of Two Cities” is an award-winning, full-length, dramatic musical operetta which opened on Broadway in 2008. The book, music and lyrics are by Jill Santoriello, based upon the novel by Dickens; a classic story about love, revolution and redemption. The Napa High School production is directed by Patty Profitt and features 55 students who have roles either in the cast, live orchestra or production crew. For dates, times and tickets visit NapaHighTheatreArts.org.
Napa Valley Marathon
Sunday, March 3
Once again runners from 21 countries, 47 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. will be hitting the road to run 26 miles, plus 385 yards. The 41st Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon course is not only stunningly gorgeous, it is perfect for beginning marathoners. It is a downhill trek, traveling from 380 feet above sea level in Calistoga to 80 feet above sea level at the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa. While this event has become known as the “biggest little marathon in the West,” it is also a fun race to check out. There are several safe spots for spectators to cheer on and support runners along the course on Sunday, which essentially runs right down Silverado Trail. NapaValleyMarathon.org
Daylight Saving Time Begins!
Sunday, March 10
We have been enjoying a bit more daylight every day since the Winter Solstice. I LOVE this: at 2:00 a.m. on March 10, spring forward! It is one of my favorite days when I get to move that clock sixty minutes into the future. For me this is a gift of the perception of “more time.” I realize that there are still 24 hours in every day, but together we can all experience the phenomenon of increasing hours of daylight.
Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 17
Yountville Live will again feature exclusive performances from some of today’s hottest recording artists (Anderson East, Drew Holcomb, Timothy Hollingsworth and more), exquisite cuisine from world-class restaurants and award-winning chefs, and a unique variety of some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries, along with spirits and beers. All of the elements of this super-luxe weekend take place at various venues around Yountville. The signature event, “Taste of Yountville,” will take place on Saturday, March 16 and again feature world-class food and wine that make the Town of Yountville the “Culinary Capital of Napa Valley.” YountvilleLive.com
St. Patrick’s Day
Sunday, March 17
Who can’t help but smile on this traditionally fun and festive day? Most any establishment with a bar will be serving some fun Irish-themed beverages, and throughout the valley corned beef will be bountiful. Some of my favorite St. Pat’s spots include Downtown Joe’s, Napkins and Hop Creek Gastropub in Napa; Pancha’s, R&D and ReddWood in Yountville; Ana’s Cantina and Farmstead in St. Helena; and Susie’s and the Hydro Bar and Grill in Calistoga.
Justin-Siena Theatre Presents: ENCORE
A Concert Tribute to 50 Years of Justin-Siena Musical Theatre
Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 24
The award-winning theatre department of Justin-Siena High School presents ENCORE, a concert tribute to 50 years of musical theatre at the school. Directed by Justin-Siena Theatre Department Chair James Bailey, the 50th anniversary spring musical will celebrate the past five decades of musicals at the school. Current and past students will relive the magic and moments that have dazzled audiences over the years. This show will be staged at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. There are multiple shows each weekend. LincolnTheater.org.
Mommy & Me Princess Tea
Saturday, March 23
A special day for princesses of every age is planned at The Village at Vista Collina. Attendees can don their favorite princess attire for a magical afternoon. Young princesses will be showered with tea, housemade sandwiches, cookies, storytelling, princess appearances and more while making memories. Stories will be told by princesses and sparkling wine will be available for adults. VillageNapaValley.com