Thursday’s have become one of my favorite days of the week.  Yes it is fun to go and see all the cars cruise Main Street, but honestly I love gathering all of the information for our Thursday weekend posts.  It is so exciting to see what is happening in our community.  Do you feel it?  Ramona is a great place to be.  More and more I feel like as things are changing, we are creating a culture here that is about community, helping each other, growing relationships, and making our town an amazing place to be.  Ramona is becoming a destination, a place where people can go to have a unique small town experience while being able to do cool and fun things.  Cruise Night has helped this feeling, this change.  But it isn’t just this one event that is changing us.  Our local wineries are always offering great experiences, whether it be going and sitting down for a tasting or hearing live music or eating great food.  These local businesses are contributing to something greater than just shilling out a great product.  Our Farmstands, I honestly believe our local farmers to be unsung heroes.  These men and women and their families work hard day in and day out to give us amazing fresh organic produce and other great items.  And quite honestly change does not happen without people.  You are making things different.  You are staying here, shopping local, supporting our mom and pop stores and keeping business in Ramona.  We are changing my friends.  We are getting better.  Ramona is a place that we can be proud of, a great place to call home!

So now, without further ado here is our weekend in a nutshell!

Thursday August 27th

Make Wine at Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery- The harvest is on at Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery.  Starting at 4pm they will be processing Syrah grapes at the vineyard.  How cool to help create something amazing!

Ramona American Graffiti Cruise Night (Starts at 7pm – Cars start staging at Ron’s Tire and Brake at 6:30)

Here is the lineup of great deals and specials around town tonight:

Ramona Family Naturals- From 5-7:30pm Ramona Family Naturals will be serving up St. Louis Style Ribs, potato salad, and watermelon.  They will have tables and chairs set up outside so you can each and watch the cars go by.

Pamo Valley Winery and Tasting Room-  Head to Pamo Valley for their AMAZING Cruise Night $5 Sangria, 3 street tacos for $5 or  2 bacon wrapped hotdogs for $5

***Also check out the great painting by Linda Kelly tonight while you are there.  Linda is a very talented painter and will be on hand at Pamo Valley Winery and Tasting Room tonight.  If you are interested in having your car put into a painting on canvas talk to her tonight.  This is something very unique and a great way to commemorate the fun we are having with our cruise nights and would also be a great Christmas gift! (never too early to start thinking about that)

Pats Custom Cars- Pat will be out grilling free hot dogs for all cruisers and will have sodas for .50 cents.  They will also have a bunch of amazing restored cars out for you to look at.  Swing by and say hi!  Pats is on the corner of Ramona/Day street and Main.  Next to Eiler Tires!

The Mason Jar- Open late tonight, The Mason Jar will be offering 20% off any single item of your choice!

Packards- Aren’t you loving all the comfort food that Packards has been serving up!!! Tonight is no different!  Here’s what is on their menu, grilled chicken, twice baked potatoes, buttery garlic fresh green beans, homemade Mac n’ Cheese, hot dogs, and the perfect chocolate cake with fresh strawberries.  Oh yum!  Serving these yummies from 5-8pm or until they are sold out.

Tonight is also the last night to enter into Packards Chargers drawing.  Any purchase from 5pm to 8pm earns a ticket into their drawing for 2 tickets to the San Diego Chargers vs. Seatlle Seahawks Preseason game August 29th at 8pm!  Don’t miss out on this!

Ramona Skatepark- The awesome team representing Ramona Skatepark will be out tonight in front of Packards selling Root Beer Floats for a dollar donation.  Please take a minute to head over there and support this group of people!  Feel free to drop an extra dollar or two in their bucket, all proceeds go to the Ramona Skatepark and their goal of $70,000.

The Kountry Kitchen- Cruise Night Special tonight is a Bacon wrapped foot long hotdog, French fries, and an ice cream sundae for $9.99

Aloma’s AntiquesAloma will be keeping the shop open late tonight and offering 15% off everything in the shop from 4pm until closing.  Take a walk over to her place and check out the cool old camera she has got in the shop right now. I even saw a really cool old tractor seat in there.  There are so many hidden treasures.  Go find yours!!


Friday August 28th

Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room- Stop by the tasting room for a great glass or two of wine and great company. While you are there enjoy a complimentary cheese tasting from 4:30-6pm by Kim Spero from Cheeses From The Cave.

Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery- Pamela Wilder and her beautiful art will be on display at the winery Friday night from 4-7pm.  Grab a glass of wine, see her artwork at the showing, enjoy the amazing view, and stay for the sunset!


Saturday August 29th

Ramona Certified Farmers Market- This Saturday from 9am to 1pm in the Kmart parking lot.  If you haven’t been to the Farmers Market you need to head there this Saturday.  There are many great local vendors who have great items for sale. There is a little something for everyone!

Little People’s Learning Center- Children’s clothing exchange. Saturday from 10am to 12pm.  Bring your kids outgrown clothes sizes 0-12 to the preschool office and then grab a few items that your child can wear now.  Win win!

Bar-B-Que Hoedown At The Old Ramona Town Hall- How fun does this sound friends!! This really awesome event will take place from 5pm to 9pm and is benefiting the Town Hall Restoration.  This event is for everyone 21 and older and costs $35.  Your ticket includes dinner, dancing, live music and other fun things.  There will be a no host bar that includes beer and local wines.  You can buy tickets at The Old Town Ramona Antique Fair or call 760-788-7215 or 760-803-6885.  So put on your western duds


Sunday August 30th

Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery- This sounds like fun!  Hatfield Creek has invited you to Harvest Brunch on Saturday 29th - this week quiche, ham, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, muffins, baked french toast, sangria. Next week 9/5 they will be adding champagne. BUT  if you want to enjoy this great spread you have to help harvest the grapes first! Head over there at 6 a.m. AND let them  know you're coming in advance, this way they have enough food for all of their hungry workers!

Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery- Enjoy some amazing treats this Sunday at the Winery.  Cheeses from the Cave will be on hand as well as Quienberry Farms Olive Oils.  Head over and try these great local items!

Classic Car Show- Every Sunday you can see a handful of great classic cars in the Albertson’s parking lot from 4-6pm.  I know how much Ramona loves their classic cars.  Why not show up and make this smaller show an even bigger one!


Don’t forget while you are out and about this weekend to stop by our local farmstands and grab some of their great items.  Then why not take a tour of all of our great Antique shops.  This could be a great weekend full of great deals and great finds!  Support your town and the amazing people in it!  #shoplocal #staylocal #lesshustlemoreheart


***Local Trivia***

In fairness to some of our newer residents we are going to have two trivia questions to give everyone a chance to win!  - (You can only win one of today’s prizes, even if you know the answer to both questionsJ) be the first to answer one of the two the trivia questions correctly and you could win a $10 Starbucks gift card.  2 cards up for grabs!

 Email your answers to -

#1 – (Two part question)

Name the person, name the store

This person was once the butcher at this family owned grocery store in Ramona.

Hint he is also a local business owner whose business is a cut above the rest!

#2 (Two part question)


Name the place and the owner in Ramona where Thursday night’s newest tradition starts.


Do us one more favor.  If you haven't already please like all of these local businesses that are doing things this weekend.  Links are included in the post.  And if you haven't "Liked" Stage Presence Homes please like us as well!


And as always there are so many great houses for sale in Ramona, if you are looking to buy and would like to head out to see something let me know and I would be happy to help you find your dream home!