Mother's Day Events and Brunches in Sonoma County

Mother's Day, Sunday May 11, 2008

All events are held on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11, unless otherwise noted.

  • Send an E-card to Raise Money for WomenHeart
    In time for Mother’s Day (and through the end of the month), Clos du Bois winery of Geyserville is donating $1 to WomenHeart for each electronic “toast” you send via the ToastToMom website . By sending one of these simple e-cards, you can help raise $25,000 for women living with heart disease.
  • Mother's Day at Bartholomew Park Winery
    Treat your mother to chocolate truffles and a free tasting of Bartholomew Park wines while enjoying the soothing music of Bertina Mitchell playing harp in our Museum. It's all about pampering Mom on this wonderful day in the Park.
    Noon to 4pm; Free event; 1000 Vineyard Lane, Sonoma. (707) 935-9511
  • Mothers Day at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
    All ladies who visit the Gardens on Mother's Day, May 11, will receive a fresh flower corsage. There is also a Plant Sale May 11-17 (closed May 12). Take Docent-led tours of historic home, or cell phone audio tour of gardens (bring cell phone).
    0am to 4pm.; admission Free, tours $5; at Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in downtown Santa Rosa; (707) 524-5445
  • Mother's Day Safari at Safari West
    Enjoy a special Mothers Day tour aboard The African Queen along with some other surprises! What could be more extraordinary than spending Mother's Day amongst some of the word's most elegant creatures? Our chef is preparing a glorious champagne brunch featuring delectable selections especially for you.
    Morning and afternoon packages available; $60 for adults; $28 for children; 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa; (707) 579-2551
  • Mother's Day Brunch at Gloria Ferrer
    Enjoy an elegant and relaxing Mother's Day at Gloria Ferrer, as we pamper our guests with featured wines and a sumptuous brunch. Our Mother's Day event includes a reception at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private winery tour and luncheon at 12 p.m. Seating is family style (8 per table) and limited, so please secure your reservations soon.
    Reception 11 am, luncheon noon; $80, $64 Cuvee Club members; 23555 Carneros Hwy. 121 (Arnold Drive) in Sonoma; (707) 933-1939
  • Buffet Brunch at Nectar Restaurant
    Enjoy a grand buffet with a carving station, seafood station, desserts and much more. Terrace seating offers a view of sweeping views of Santa Rosa Valley
    Three seatings at 10:30 am, noon and 1:30 pm; $30.95 Adults, $15 children 12, free for children under 4. Nectar Restaurant (at the Hilton), 3555 Round Barn Blvd; (707) 569-5525.
  • Mothers Day Buffet Brunch at the Sheraton
    Treat Mom and the entire family to a scrumptious brunch at the Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma.
    10:30am to 2:30pm; $31.95 adults/$14.95 5-12 yrs; 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma, (707) 283-2900

Brunch at MacArthur Place Inn's Saddles Restaurant
10:30am to 2pm $46 adults/ $19 children under 12. 29 East MacArthur St., Sonoma. Call for reservations, (707) 933-3191.

Brief History of Mother's Day:

Although these days in the United States, Mother’s Day is associated with gifts and brunches, it was originally associated with a call to peace. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation. An excerpt follows:

"…We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies…
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of
charity, mercy and patience.

"We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
"From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!" …
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel…"

Howe’s vision of this holiday for peace never took off, but she planted the seed of what would later become Mother’s Day. Anna Reeves Jarvis, who led a women’s group in West Virginia, was inspired by Howe’s idea. And the group began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. They held a Mother’s Friendship Day in order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided into Union and Confederate camps by the Civil War. After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis crusaded for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace.

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day holiday.

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