Women's March Napa
2019-01-19, 6:36 p.m.
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I went to the Women’s March in Winters two years ago. Last year I had Gumbo rehearsal and could not go, but since I don’t have it this year, I wanted to go. There are definitely less options to go to this year, unfortunately. The ones within an hour of me were Sacramento, Napa, and Walnut Creek. I... just don’t want to go to protests in Sacramento. I don’t wanna deal with the parking and their website even pretty much said “if at all possible, don’t drive,” and I tried to find public transport that went to the Capital and uh...yeah, not worth that effort. Bugger this. So I was considering Walnut Creek or Napa--someone in one of my knitting groups recommended Napa when she went to Women’s March I and said they had lots of parking. However, their march started at 9:30 a.m. and was about an hour away and would require me waking up early on a Saturday, which made me think maybe I should suck it up and go to Sacramento after all because I need my sleep and don’t get any five nights a week as is.
Well, I ended up waking up around 7:55 a.m., got myself out the door and the car gassed up by 8:30 and made it to the protest before it started, huzzah.
They were, no joke, having ZUMBA DANCING going on during the gathering period. So I had fun doing that, even though I was wearing too many clothes for that activity and carrying a bag with my signs in it. But hey, wouldn’t have expected that.
It seemed like a nice bunch of people. Lots of quality pussy hats of differing nice yarns and even cablework on them. I have missed the pussy hats. After the march was over, I wandered into the nonprofit booth section and found that a lady had a project to knit 365 pussy hats. They were out of them and compiling a mailing list after they ran out. I still had two left over from my stint that I hadn’t found anyone to give it to, so I donated those.
They had singers and speakers, most notably their congressman, Michael Franti’s wife speaking about her own immgration issues, and one of Nancy Pelosi’s kids, who said she and her mother would be marching in SF later that day. I don’t think that happened because it looks like Nancy was stuck listening to stupidity in DC by guess who, but oh well.
They also had a “Best Sign” contest, which I loved, Last year’s was giant pink balloons spelling out Free Melania (according to their website, and this year there was a group with “Be Best” spelled out the same. Har. I mention one winner below, but the other one I could spot well said this:
I saw a similar one with Impeach at the top, followed by
Notable posters I saw:
So that was fun and I felt better to be around like-minded folks and all that.
After that, I decided to hang around Napa for a few hours and see what there was to do. I got a rainbow mini-backpack at the thrift store and I went to a vintage clothing store and got a pink/purple/blue muumuu that was oddly enough, very slimming. Go figure on that, but it was my colors. They also had two bookstores and a yarn store, so I had fun looking in those. I ended up getting only one book, but that’s still pretty good. I ate in a delicious “Napa Noodles” shop that had exquisite da kine fried rice with all kinds of meat in it that was deliciously moist. I haven’t really been there before/in years (not that I remember anyway), so that was fun. There must definitely be a hippie crowd in Napa because there was a lot there to appeal to me!