Get your best costume and head down to Bodega on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for the 
Haunted Halloween Bash at the Bodega Schoolhouse

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first party in the schoolhouse
Featuring "History and Haunting", true tales from the past
Silent auction, food, wine and desserts
Dancing and music from the Steve Morris Band
Raffle prizes including a trip to Maui for 2 

When: Saturday, October 26, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Where: The historic Potter School, 17110 Bodega Lane, Bodega

Why: A fun way to help raise needed operating funds for the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Tickets: $100/person 21+ available online Get More details and Tickets

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Get to the B50 Festival early on Monday September to enjoy all the free entertainment

Event Starts 10:00 am

Living History Performance at 12 Noon

 Come in costume to join the Parade of Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren look a likes
at 12:30 pm with the HubBub Club Marching Band

Live Music 1pm-5pm
Crafts, Games and Vending for All!

B50 Festival Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds,’ providing a rare opportunity to visit the only remaining original film locations; the historic Potter Schoolhouse and Church in Bodega, CA.
All proceeds from B50 and the Kick-Off event will go to the Rancho Bodega Historical Society and the Bodega Land Trust, two worthy non-profit organizations which strive to preserve the history and open space of the Bodega area

On Monday September 2 from 8-9am, The Bodega Land Trust will host a Walk and Talk bird watching tour about the REAL Birds of Bodega. Early Birds only Limited to only 15, so register soon --

Veronica A. Cartwright is an English-born American actress who has worked mainly in American film and television. As a child actress she was best known for her roles in the highly successful movies The Children's Hour and The Birds.

At age 9 she starred as Violet Rutherford in Leave it to Beaver and is famous for giving Beaver his first kiss. At age 15, she starred in a television movie called Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers- from which she received an Emmy Award for Best Actress in 1964.

Over her career, she has worked with the top filmmakers and actors in Hollywood held roles in more than 50 major films, some of the most famous being The Birds, Alien, The Witches of Eastwick, The Right Stuff, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Some of her television roles include episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, LA Law, Nip/Tuck, Law & Order, Boston Legal, The Closer, Six Feet Under, Without A Trace, Touched By An Angle, Will & Grace, and the Emmy nominated series X-Files and ER.

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B50: Sunday September 1st 5-9pm Evening Kick-off Event
B50: Monday September 2nd 10-6pm Day Festival

To guarantee your space to see the insides of these historic buildings, we suggest purchasing tickets in advance. It would be disappointing if you did not have a spot, especially for vistors from afar. 

Remember it is community event that benefits the Rancho Bodega Historic Society and Bodega Land Trust, bringing the history of Bodega to life and helping preserve the land for the future.

Guided Tours of the Potter Schoolhouse, St. Teresa of Avila Church, and Cemetery 
Guests are welcome to visit the outside of all buildings, however special docent-led tours and historic displays inside the schoolhouse, church, and cemetery are limited and cost $25.pp. Tickets are available at the Bodega Country Store and online. 

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B50: Sunday September 1st 5-9pm Evening Kick-off Event
B50: Monday September 2nd 10-6pm Day Festival

The B50 Day Festival is free and open for all ages to experience the magic of Bodega and enjoy tasty local food, wine and cheese, craft vendors, music, and special kids activities. Learn more about the history of the area and ways to help preserve the land for future generations.

Self-Guided Walking Tours of Bodega are available allowing guests to tour the town at their own pace. The school, church, cemetery Casino, Country Store, and others will display original black and white photographs of their buildings. Volunteer historians will explain the original use of the buildings and occupants telling of the current use. 

Rancho Bodega Historical Society will have exhibits and education about Bodega’s colorful history. They will also be presenting a short Living History Performance about the history of the area and selling limited edition Russian Nesting Doll Sets.

Bodega Land Trust will have exhibits and images of easements already protected and why protecting watersheds helps restore salmon populations. They will be educating local landowners on voluntary conservation easements, rainwater harvesting, and sustainable land management.
It's getting exciting! 

We just added  to the roster of free entertainment. You'll get to see some local birds like this lovely red tail hawk and great horned owls. Those owls will feel right at home in Bodega, as a family of them live in a tree behind the Bodega Country Store. Cool!

 Calling All Local ‘Extras’ from ‘The Birds’

Attention: Do you know anyone who was involved in the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds” in Bodega and Bodega Bay in 1961?

If so, please let them know they are invited to be special guests for the B50 Festival- Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 'The Birds’ September 1-2, 2013 in Bodega, CA.

The B50 Festival is two-day community event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of 'The Birds’ with a rare opportunity to see the inside of the historic Potter Schoolhouse made famous by the scene in the movie and  the 150 year old St. Teresa of Avila Church, along with docent led tours and displays of the town history.

We are particularly interested in speaking with any of the local, extra children who ran down the hill in front of the schoolhouse in Bodega, CA. Some of the following names have been suggested and if you know how to reach them, please let us know.

Little Mike Piazzi
Meritt Clifton
Ted Clifton
Vicky Lyn Nicols
Rose Gafney
Lillian Michalson

Any leads or questions can be sent to at or by calling Event Manager for B50 Dan Arendt at 707-861-0325.

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Calling All Local ‘Extras’ from ‘The Birds’

As an artist, Alfred Hitchcock attracted international attention for his creativity, which led to many derivative works based on his films' imagery. A look around the internet shows this has become a fun way for people to express their own interpretations of his films, their icons, and meaning- which has always been subjective, particularly for fans of 'The Birds'.

B50 is a local community event running on volunteer effort wanted to open participation up to the entire community to share their ideas and enthusiasm for the B50 Festival - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds,’ and providing a rare opportunity to see the inside of the only remaining original film locations; the historic Potter Schoolhouse and Church in Bodega, CA.

The West County of Sonoma has abundant artists, many of whom are looking for exposure for their creations both through the event and media exposure. If you are one of them, we invite you to come up with your own image(s) that represent both the town of Bodega and Birds.

Much like radio stations and festivals that create posters with community submitted art, the winning artwork will be used for the official promotional poster and receive great media exposure while supporting the Rancho Bodega Historical Society and the Bodega Land Trust, two local non-profit organizations preserving the history and open space of the Bodega area.

We are now accepting submissions through the end of May 2013.

To find out more details and how to submit, contact event manager Dan Arendt at or by calling 707-861-0326

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Calling All Local Artists: Enter The B50 Poster Competition

March 2013 marks 50th anniversary of ‘The Birds’
Original article from Sonoma West March 6, 2013 by Laura McCutcheon

Movie screenings in this month; festival in September
The 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 suspense horror film “The Birds” will not go unnoticed by those in the coastal towns with bragging rights.

Both Bodega Bay and Bodega, where much of the filming was done, are holding events commemorating the movie — based on a book by Daphne du Maurier — about a small town that is suddenly and unexplainably overtaken by violent birds that attack people.

Because March marks the month of the release of the film five decades ago, the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host three screenings of the infamous film on March 23. Show times are slated for noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m., at the Bodega Bay Grange. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Concessions and souvenirs will also be sold.

Movie memorabilia will be displayed on loan from the Bodega Country Store’s collection. Dan Sneed, local homeowner and Hitchcock enthusiast will be introducing each screening and answering questions, according to Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce President Sissy Blanchard.

“This is the first time and we hope to do it again. The event we are planning is just the screening of the movie. Each showing will be preceded by a speaker who will talk about Hitchcock, the making of the films, etc.,” she said, noting the conversation will be geared more toward Hitchcock himself, than just his Bird’s movie.

“What we are trying to do is create a fundraiser so that people have an interest in coming. Eventually we would like to, every March on the release of the anniversary of “The Birds,” turn this into a Hitchcock film festival with multiple films. This year we are doing just “The Birds,” next year maybe two movies,” Blanchard said.

Proceeds from the movie screenings will be donated to the arts programs of Bodega Bay School, Tomales Elementary School, and Pastures Preschool.

For more information and ticket sales, visit

Bodega B50 Festival

A separate Bird’s event, unassociated with the Bodega Bay Chambers’ movie screening, will be held in Bodega, but not until September, when the only remaining original Bodega film locations — the historic Potter Schoolhouse and St. Teresa of Avila Church will both be available.

The Birds 50th Anniversary Festival B50, a Celebration of Hitchcock and Bodega, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 2.

“The B50 Festival has a little something for everyone. For Hitchcock enthusiasts, this will be a rare opportunity to tour the inside of the Potter Schoolhouse and St. Teresa of Avila Church, and get an autograph from Tippi Hedren (in Bodega Bay),” Event Manager Dan Arendt said, referring to the starring actress in two of Hitchcock’s best known films: “The Birds,” and “Marnie.”

Children will have the opportunity to hang out in a non-horror Kids Area with special games, storytelling, singing, and face painting, and history buffs can take a docent-led walking tour of Calvary Cemetery, St. Theresa of Avila’s Church, the Potter Schoolhouse and a stroll down “Sonoma history” lane during the celebration of Bodega, referred to by Arendt as “a hidden-gem many visitors pass by on their way to the beaches in Bodega Bay.”

Festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to view a large collection of Hitchcock memorabilia, watch a parade of Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock look-alikes, accompanied by a marching band, and stay for the local restaurant tastings. In addition, the festival will include free entertainment, contests, tours, local merchants with a variety of handcrafted wares and memorabilia from “The Birds,” a horse and buggy ride and special activities for children, according to Arendt.

The filming of “The Birds” has been a source of intrigue in Bodega since 1961 when filming began, according to locals.
“We love talking to visitors from all over the world who ask about the filming of “The Birds,” said Bodega Country Store owner and B50 Festival sponsor Mike Fahime. “People have been asking what the town will be doing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Birds, so we decided to do something fun,” said Fahmie, who has been an avid collector of all things Hitchcock and “The Birds,” and has a large display of memorabilia, which can be seen at the store and a new, adjacent boutique museum called “Birdland” in Bodega.

A kick-off event for diehard fans will take place Sept. 1, also in Bodega. A limited number of tickets will be available for the evening which includes tours of the Potter School House, St. Teresa of Avila Church, a gourmet dinner at Casino Bar and Grill, special movie clips showing deleted scenes and the making of the movie, plus an opportunity to interact with special guests. Tickets will be on sale starting March 15, via the website.

B50 is currently inviting partners, including sponsors, merchants and local restaurants, as well as volunteers to help make the event a success. For more information, go to, e-mail Arendt at or call him at 861-0326.

All proceeds from B50 and the Kick-Off event will go to the Rancho Bodega Historical Society and the Bodega Land Trust, two non-profit organizations that strive to preserve the history and open space of the Bodega area