River history through its bars

The Russian River Historical Society will open a historic photo exhibit this Saturday, May 5, celebrating memories of the Russian River’s bars, restaurants and taverns. The exhibit in the historic Bank Club building at the corner of Guerneville’s Main and Church streets with the opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Historic photos and lore from the society’s archives will offer a glimpse into the river’s old watering holes dating back to the 1920s and including some that are still in business such as Monte Rio’s Village Inn and Pat’s Restaurant and Bar in Guerneville. The archives include images of the old Guernewood Tavern that burned down in 1971, Elim Grove in Cazadero and River’s End in Jenner, said Russian River Historical Society President Jane Barry.

Saturday is also the third anniversary of the opening of the historic Bank Club building’s resurrection as a downtown ice cream parlor, gift shop and wine-tasting room.

“We’ll be celebrating the old bars and the bank,” said Barry. Live music will be provided by the Out of the Blue band playing old time jazz and western swing.

Monte Rio resident Harriet Hamilton and family are sponsoring the exhibit, said Barry.