Monthly Archives: March 2012

Rurik Profile: the Ship’s Doctor

The Russian ship, the Rurik, introduced a few posts back, was well equipped and staffed for its 1815 voyage down from the Alaskan chain to California and then to the South Seas. Aboard was Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz, the ship’s doctor … Continue reading

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Surgin’ Sturgeon

It’s the season: Sturgeon, that fabulous fish famous for its caviar, is starting to show up at our local Sonoma Market. Wild and delicious, if you haven’t tried this fish , this is the time. Below is a family recipe … Continue reading

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Rurik Profile: Louis (Ludovik) Choris

The following are more, little known facts about the Russian influence in California history which were used in the “…..Golden Poppy” fairy tale posted a couple of days ago. A third member of the the Russian ship, Rurik,  barely 20 … Continue reading

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Facts Behind the Fiction: The Prince, the Bear and the Golden Poppy

The source of my inspiration for yesterday’s fairytale (see post below) were the men on board the actual Imperial Russian ship, Rurik, which set off in 1815 to search in waters unknown for new scientific discoveries. Captain Otto von Kotzebue, … Continue reading

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The Prince, the Bear and the Golden Poppy

Long ago in a faraway land lived Czar Kotzevon who had 4 daughters as beautiful as the morning sunrise, Olga, Maria, Tatiana and Anna. His only son, Mstislav, was a brave and handsome youth with hair as gold as the … Continue reading

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Culture Vulture Alert

Tonight,  Friday, March 2nd the Red Army Chorus and dance ensemble performs at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. If you haven’t heard them before, the are truly amazing.  Tickets range in price, though the auditorium really has no bad seats. For … Continue reading

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It’s a Snap…dragon!

With the spring Sonoma sun comes the desire to be out and about. Spring is Sonoma’s crowning glory, full of breathtaking scenes to experience driving through our glorious Bay Area countryside and less than an hour away from the big … Continue reading

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