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Happy New Year Wedding Offer from Ness Gardens
Ness Gardens is located in the heart of the beautiful Wirral Peninsula with breathtaking views over the River Dee to the Welsh Mountains. The setting for civil ceremonies and partnerships is an idyllic location with steps leading down into the Rock garden.
Couples cross the sandstone bridge and are married in the summer house overlooking our angelic lily pond, which provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs. Guests make the short walk from our privileged car park and enter in the beautiful gardens through adjoining wrought iron gates to await the arrival of the bridal party.
A perfect setting, coupled with excellent food and service, guarantee you and your guests a most memorable occasion whilst the picturesque gardens provide wonderful photographic opportunities whatever the time of year.
Following the ceremony, we can provide a canapé and drinks reception in the gardens or alternatively our reception room holds up to 90 guests. If the weather is inclement on the day we do have a beautiful conservatory that overlooks the gardens and is licensed for 100 seated guests. This room is ideal for Winter and Autumn wedding or an alternative to an outdoor ceremony.
Wrought iron fence stolen
Two individuals driving a small SUV, possibly a Jimmy/Blazer type, with a small single axle utility trailer allegedly stole the fence sections. A large cash reward of at least $3,000 will be given to the person who provides information leading to their arrest.
A Christmas wonderland
Kimo Cochran takes Guerneville home to next level of holiday decoration
By MEG McCONAHEY
If you find yourself heading through Guerneville at night between now and New Year’s, slow down once you pass through town and gaze across the river. You might for a moment think you’ve stumbled across a fairyland twinkling amid the darkened redwoods.
That would be Kimo’s place, a joyous explosion of Christmas where seemingly no surface save the floors is spared a holiday dressing.
Leave it to Kimo Cochran to mount a holiday production right in his own home. A former sword dancer, fire swallower, actor, model and San Francisco entertainment impresario, his eponymous nightclub on Polk Street was a favorite hangout for some 34 years.
“It’s a huge undertaking. But I love organizing things and I like producing and directing shows,” says Cochran, whose efforts culminate in a dazzling Christmas party for 125 of his closest friends, with catered food, an open bar and an endless feast. One room is devoted to desserts alone.
The decorations start coming out on Oct. 1, which is none too early considering the sheer volume of stuff he has accumulated over some 30 years. And each year he hits the after-Christmas sales to add more.
“I don’t want to be decorating up to Christmas day,” he explains of the pre-Halloween Christmas kick-off.
Then the real fun begins. For the next two months, the man who prefers to be known simply as Kimo strings lights and hangs bells, wreaths, reindeer, poinsettias and Santas throughout every room of the vintage 1400-square-foot cottage he and his partner Russell Burt bought in 1998. Even the chandeliers and the outside deck get the holiday treatment with poinsettias and hanging balls and lights strung from the redwoods.
The centerpiece is an 18-foot, floor-to-ceiling artificial Christmas tree ablaze with some 5,000 lights of every type available and topped with a 3-foot tall angel. It takes a team of four or five people several hours to assemble it. It takes another five days to deck the tree until seemingly every needle is adorned.
Cochran was born in Alabama at the end of The Depression, the baby in a family of six.
“I didn’t have hardly anything at Christmas as a kid,” he confesses, explaining his yuletide obsession. “It’s nice now to have a little money and be able to enjoy it.”
Cochran and Burt, who manages Santa Rosa’s Third Street Cinemas, moved up to the riverside cabin with its own sandy beach full-time about three years ago, after years as weekend visitors. They hired local contractor Tom Lynch to make the 77-year-old cabin into a comfortable home for entertaining that capitalizes on their beautiful river views.
A tiny window out to the water was replaced with a ceiling-high arched window now encircled in Christmas lights. French doors open out to a new multi-level deck. Crews spent a year refinishing the spectacular redwood interior walls and building a massive fireplace out of river rock.
He usually hires a couple of kids to help bring it all down from the attic, a job that takes an entire day. Boxes are labeled by room, however, to streamline the process.
Their open-door form of entertaining has enlivened the old Guernewood Road neighborhood, where people may swing by any day of the week with nibbles and wine for pop-up parties in his little Mardi Gras-themed courtyard in front, complete with century-old wrought-iron fence, masks on the trees and an old-fashioned street lamp from New Orleans. Or they can gather around the firepit near a bar he installed on their new and sweeping deck.
In San Francisco, Cochran kept reinventing his San Francisco nightclub, running the gamut from disco to sports bar, always staying one step ahead of the game as trends changed. But he gave it up in late 2011 and now is the principal partner in Guerneville’s R3 Hotel, the former Triple R resort newly reinvented as a 23-room resort with an outdoor stage for comics and singers. After all those years in hospitality and entertainment, Cochran now stays at arm’s length, preferring to manage entertainment on the homefront.
“I’m happy and contented here. I used to come up for vacations,” he said with a sigh. “Now it’s like being on vacation every day.”
Newly built Tuscan farmhouse is a classic in Wilchester
Italian Cyprus trees frame the exterior of this 2009 Tuscan-style farmhouse.
by Mark DeHaven
Built in 2009, this Slaney Designs home has countless modern amenities in a classic, Tuscan-style home. The home’s exterior showcases antique St. Louis brick and a well-manicured yard, including Italian Cyprus trees for a grand first impression.
Continuing with the Tuscan farmhouse ambiance inside the home, hickory hardwood floors provide a pleasant, natural appeal throughout the home. The two-story foyer opens to charming, formal living and dining rooms.
The kitchen features a porcelain sink and a large center island overlooking the breakfast room, which connects to the cozy family room with a two-sided fireplace.
A screened porch overlooks the custom pool with spa and is adorned with a wrought-iron fence.
The private master suite is situated on the first floor of the home and features a marble bath, whirlpool tub and a nearby study. The upper floor hosts three secondary bedrooms, each with private bathroom suites that include marble countertops.
The governor’s home opens up for the holidays
By WENDI WINTERS
The open house is not only an opportunity to shake hands and chat with Gov. Martin O’Malley and his family, but to admire the public rooms of this 142-year-old mansion.
Visitors also will be entertained by youth choirs and string quartets, and nibble one of the more than 8,000 cookies baked for the occasion. Each visitor will receive a commemorative pewter ornament. As for the beautiful, understated décor, the butler did it — with some help.
Each year, Barb Harward-Troska, the Government House butler, and her assistant Christy Sweeney plan, prepare and put up the decorations throughout the public rooms on the main floor.
The effort requires hanging ornaments on the 15-foot Fraser fir in the Entrance Hall and winding dozens of yards of artificial pine garlands through the spindles in the banister of the main staircase.
“We’re staying with a very traditional look, again, this year,” Harward-Troska said. “We used things we had in the house.”
The tree in the Entrance Hall is laden with angels garbed in patterned ribbons strumming instruments, and gilded glass ornaments, sparkling silk blossoms and clusters of golden grapes.
The Empire Room houses the “Peace on Earth” tree. Among the classic glass ornaments and glass icicles are hydrangea blooms harvested from the Government House garden.
The rest of the public rooms are dotted with displays of flowers, mixed evergreens and pine cones, and dangling ropes of magnolia leaves twined with gilt-edged ribbons.
In the kitchen, meanwhile, the cook staff was busy baking homemade cookies. Vickie Fowley, the first lady’s assistant, pulled out a list of the 19 varieties of cookies that will be served during the open house. Besides classics like double chocolate chip and sugar cookies, there will be cookie flavors of coconut pecan, white chocolate macadamia and snickerdoodles with M&Ms.