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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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Overland Sheepskin to open this week
Warning: don’t park there!
Rooftop of Archer to open later
Goodman Library uncovered
Napa Valley Lighted Art Festival
Wine Trolley holiday light tours
Spread your wings at V Marketplace 
Whiskers, Tails and Ferals tree lot
Karen MacNeil’s wine desk calendar
A Napa Valley Breakfast Book
News for the wine community
Napa College is biggest wine school
Vine Tech meeting on bugs
Vineyard and post-fire resources
Top grape growers in Napa County
This week in Napa Valley
Hurley’s Dungeness crab festival
Firefighters thank the community
Burgundy with Samantha Sheehan
Programs at St. Helena Library
Music this week at Napkins
Locals Holiday Soirée at Blue Note
Your property after fire
Clif Family holiday of giving
European wines for the holidays 
French dinner at Angèle for animals
Cadet Wine features Banshee 
Holiday entertaining class
100 men who care about Napa
Oddjob at the Blue Note
Cliff Family benefits Nimbus Arts
Tree lighting at Harvest Inn
Wednesday at Silo’s
Tannery Bend beer dinner 
Understanding Memory Loss
Kith & Kin, a Celtic Christmas
Vineyard Home Companion
Lucky Penny presents Annie
White Barn Winter Arts Fair   

Elf in Yountville
Scarf trunk show 
Ehlers Society art sale
Music at River Terrace Inn
Jarvis: Marina and The Paris Opera
12 Days of Christmas at Meadowood
Bel Canto’s Holiday Concert
Luvplanet at Silo’s
Music at River Terrace Inn
Osteria Live music at Ca’ Momi
Holiday gifts from the kitchen
Polar Express and Children's Chorus
State Bird cookbook signing

Pioneer Christmas at Bale Grist Mill
Meet the artists at Jessel
Guests at Napa Bookmine
Story time with Mrs. Claus
Landmarks holiday candlelight tour
Mike Thompson's holiday party
Lighted boat parade
Jessel Miller Class
VOENA: Voices of the season
Capp Heritage's Deco Lounge
Royal Jelly Jive Christmas Special 
Garage Band 101 for Adults at Silo’s
Teddy Bear Tea at Silverado Resort
Holidays in Buenos Aires 
Holiday on the Hill
Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native 
Sing Napa Valley Joys of Christmas
Trinity at Silo’s
Judd’s Hill Hanukkah Hootenanny
Percussionist Big Black at Blue Note
Beethoven at Napa Valley College
Chasing Bocuse author at the CIA
Future events
Sen. Bill Dodd’s holiday benefit
New Chefs on The Block
Eat Drink Escape at the CIA at Copia


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Blue Note Club

All shows in Blue Note downstairs unless indicated.

  • Dec. 5 Locals Night: Holiday Soiree + Toys for Tots Drive with Roem Baur + Lilan Kane
  • Dec. 6 Oddjob Ensemble
  • Dec. 7 NVOH presents: Vineyard Home Companion JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre
  • Dec. 8 Blue Note closed for private event
  • Dec. 9 Royal Jelly Jive Christmas Special
  • Dec. 10 Ben Sollee & The Kentucky Native
  • Dec. 12 Locals Night with San Geronimo
  • Dec. 13 Sol Horizon: Roots Rock Reggae
  • Dec. 14 Cool Yule Christmas Show Kellie Fuller, Sandy Riccardi & Mike Greensill
  • Dec. 15 and 16 Jessy J. - A special Christmas performance
  • Dec. 16 VOENA: Voices of the Season...Wonderland JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre
  • Dec. 17 Gospel brunch featuring The Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble
  • Dec. 19 Locals Night with. 3 On A Match
  • Dec. 20 Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues
  • Dec. 21 The Sextones
  • Dec, 25 Closed: Happy Christmas!
  • Dec. 28 The Dixie Giants
  • Dec. 29 and 30 Brian Culbertson
  • Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner + Shows with Brian Culbertson Blue Note
  • 2018 NYE Ball Celebration with Brian Culbertson JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre

Visit or call 880-2300.

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM Cellars Ballroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

Dec. 7 NVOH presents: Vineyard Home Companion
Dec. 16 VOENA: Voices of the Season...Wonderland
Dec. 31 NYE Ball Celebration with Brian Culbertson

Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre  

  • Dec. 7 - Chris Isaak's Holiday Tour

  • Dec. 8 and 9 - the Pixies 

  • Dec. 22 - Todd Rundgren

  • Jan. 13 – Comedian Lewis Black 

  • Jan. 27 - Five for Fighting

  • Feb. 16 - Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Feb. 25 - Garrison Keillor

  • April 5 and 6 Boz Scaggs

  • April 20 - Kathleen Madigan

  • May 20 - Weird Al Yankovic

Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

Dec. 7 Understanding Memory Loss: Dementia with Teepa Snow

Dec. 8 Yountville Holiday Movie Series: Elf

Dec. 9 Voena: Voices of the Season...Wonderland 

Dec. 10 Holidays in Buenos Aires

Dec. 16 and 17 The Nutcracker

Jan. 20 13th Annual Acapella Extravaganza

March 4 USAF Band of the Golden West

March 28 Torch Songs of World War II Opus Trio

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents

Jan. 14 Doktor Kaboom in “Look out, Science Is Coming!" 

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.

Napa Valley Music

Dec. 6 or 7 Electronic Music Recital

Dec. 9 Fall Voice Recital

Dec. 10 Beethoven's Fifth Napa Valley College Community Orchestra

April 14 Beethoven Choral Fantasia College Chorale

TBD Spring Chorale/Prima voce Concert

May 4 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Community Orchestra

May 8 Spring Guitar Ensemble

May 12 Spring Voice Recital

May 13 Timbres & Textures Napa Valley College/North Bay Wind Ensemble

May 16 Applied Honors Recital

May 20 North Bay Wind Ensemble

Visit or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 

Dec. 1-10 It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

March 2-18 Sister Act

April 13-15 Emergence Festival

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

  • Dec.  1 - 23 Annie

  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 8x10: Ten Minute Play Festival

  • Feb. 23 - March 11 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens

  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest

  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody  

Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa. 


Silo's Club

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

 Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson


The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

Buy at for $19.99 Buy Kindle version at  for $4.99

Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine  public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations, Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.


The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.


Print version $9.99


Kindle version $4.99 from

You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email