Maybe we should all get a glass of wine, sit back, and relax while we read about Peggy's town! Thanks Peggy for sharing these views with us! ...
Hi - it's Peggy from theBeadAerie! I live in California's central valley in a little unincorporated town called Woodbridge, but we're literally a stone's throw from Lodi's city limits, so I've chosen to 'send a postcard' from there! It's all about the wine here - we're surrounded by vineyards in all directions, and every week or two it seems there's a new boutique winery popping up. The Lodi appellation has become quite widely known throughout the country and perhaps beyond.
First photo: A typical vineyard this time of year. The vines are just starting to leaf out, but by September they'll be enormous and heavy with fruit.
Second photo: To celebrate Lodi's centennial in May 2006, the Walldogs, a group of 50 artists from all over the U.S., descended on the city and painted 9 wall murals throughout the downtown area over a whirlwind weekend. The murals depict the city's history - this particular one commemorates the early 20th century custom of electing a Queen Zinfandel each year at the annual Lodi Grape Festival. (yes, there's still a Grape Festival each year, but no queen)
Third photo: A recently erected bronze sculpture called 'Celebrate the Harvest' by area artist Rowland Cheney stands at a prominent spot on School Street in downtown Lodi.
Fourth photo: My son and daughter are grown and both live in the city (San Francisco), so Buster, my 12 year old kitty, gets way more affection than he'd like! My husband, Bob, snapped this photo.