Member News

Ruth Carlson’s article on Musical Martinez appeared in SF GATE on January 19. The feature details the surprising live music scene in an East Bay town known mostly for its Shell Oil refinery.

Matthew Eley takes you on a “flight” up the West Coast in search of a distinctive West Coast whiskey flavor for his recent feature on the Alcohol Professor. After stops in Arcata, California; Astoria, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, you’ll find a lot of fresh thinking about grains and barrels of local flavor; but it’s a more complex flavor profile than a single West Coast taste

Phyl Doppelt credits fellow member Matthew Eley for helping her edit and place a recent article in Go World Travel. The piece highlights the celebrity connection to a famed Puerto Vallarta hotel.

Ginny Prior got down and dirty with her January feature on The Art of the Mudbath. Here is the link to her article on this unique Calistoga spa treatment in Diablo Magazine.

 Judith Horstman and John Williamson published a feature article on our meeting in Marin entitled: Cheese, Meade and Oysters in West Marin County. The magazines, Montclair Living, Piedmont Living and Berkeley Hills Living are in print only.

Jules and Effin Older published two recent articles on exploring New Zealand in the online publication and Exploring Auckland’s Islands by Ferry: Our Favorite Adventures.

And Jules’ cheeky ski article in Everett Potter’s Travel Report can be read here.

Lina Broydo had three recent articles/columns, including pieces on Calistoga, Half Moon Bay and San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, published in “LaOferta” and Kstati: Russian-American news and views.

Elaine Lee is a finalist for a Los Angeles Press Club’s Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award. Her Alta magazine article, “Songs for the Dying,” is a story about the Threshold Choir, a network of a cappella choirs whose mission is to bring comfort and peace to the dying through song.

Diane LeBow will be in  conversation, Thursday February 17 at 6 p.m., with Matthew Félix about her new memoir, Dancing on the Wine-Dark Sea. The event is free and open to the public, hosted in-store by Sausalito Books by the Bay

Longtime members Ann and Don Jackson want to update BATW friends on Don’s battle against a very rare head/neck cancer that was diagnosed four years ago. Ann says that by keeping their faith, maintaining hope and Don keeping a fighting spirit, he’s dramatically beaten the odds.

“It’s been an incredible medical journey filled with numerous little miracles that have extended his life and leaving us very grateful and feeling blessed,” says Ann.  If you’d like to write to Don, his direct email address is


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