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We are sad to announce that the 2020 season of Respite by the River is cancelled. 

The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust is committed to protecting not only our Parkway supporters but our staff and volunteers as well. It is for these reasons along with guidance from the CDC and California Department of Public Health's guidelines to prevent the spread of disease that we have come to this decision.

We'll look forward to coming back together for the 2021 season. Until then we encourage everyone to be diligent in taking preventative measures to shorten the timeframe of COVID-19's impact.

If you have any questions about Respite by the River please contact Bryna De Fede, Development Associate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Respite by the River 2020

Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for a Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and lawn chair, and relax on the Ranch House front lawn while you enjoy music provided by talented local musicians. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Then you'll enjoy a reading by a Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale. 

Evening Schedule is as follows: 
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author 

8:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing

*NEW THIS YEAR - April and October programs will take place inside the barn at the River Center

2020 Season Authors and Musicians      

  • Tuesday, June 30 - Reading by Khaty Xiong, Music by Happenstance
  • Thursday, July 16- Reading by Tanya Nichols & Bill McEwen, Music by Glen Delpit    
  • Thursday, August 27- Reading by Monique Quintana, Music by Larry Cusick and Friends 
  • Thursday, September 10 – Reading by Catherine Abbey-Hodges, Music by Rob Hodges  

The views and opinions expressed by the authors and musicians of the Respite by the River program do not necessarily reflect those of the River Parkway Trust or our sponsors

Sponsor Respite by the River: Contact Bryna De Fede, Development Associate 559-248-8480x216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to view the Respite by the River sponsor packet. 


Thank you to the Respite by the River Committee


Respite by the River is Sponsored by

$2,500 Sponsors

Bussetto Foods




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$1,000 Sponsors

California Oncology
Hedricks Chevrolet


Jim and Jennifer Huelskamp


Media Partners

Media Sponsor - Valley PBS
Central California Life Magazine

Community Sponsors

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