Valley Buzz

Posted online: November 2010

Legendary actress/animal and human rights activist Bo Derek has been a resident of Santa Ynez for 30 years. Herewith, Derek—whose feature comedy film Highland Park opens this fall—shares her valley savvy and must dos.

The Cowboy Way I try to never miss the annual Vaquero Show and Sale this November 12 through 14 at the Santa Ynez Parks-Janeway Carriage House & Museum, 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-688-7889, santaynezmusuem .org, now in its 26th year. I go there to discover all manner of Western horse-related items, including antique bits and spurs, handtooled saddles, bosals, and raw-hide reins. But what I look forward to the most is the seminar by Sheila Varian, my favorite local horsewoman and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member.

Daily Bread I love bread and I like to buy sour-dough baguettes from Creekside Apple Ranch, 1226 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 805-688-8948,, at the Solvang Farmers Market. Free ofpreservatives, the wholesome treat ($3 per loaf) is made from the freshest ingredients and taken straight from the oven to the farmers market each Wednesday. Can’t make it to the valley? It’s also available at the Tuesday and Saturday Santa Barbara markets.

The Colors of Provence My favorite place to buy things for my home is Pearls of Provence, 485 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805-688-0296,, owned by longtime valley resident and French native Sabine Brouillet. I love to dress my table with all of her happy, colorful fabrics and collectible Limoge dishes. Make sure to ask Sabine to see her selection of Tahitian black pearl jewelry.

Aroma Therapy Time at home is rare for me, so I look forward to spending it with my family, friends, two German shepherds, and four Iberian-bred horses. It’s always been a challenge to keep my dogs clean enough to live in the house with me, so while I was supposed to be developing a line of beauty products for women, I developed a fabulous product line for my dogs instead. I decided to follow my heart and created Bless the Beasts,, available at the Santa Ynez Feed & Mill, 1095 Edison St., Santa Ynez, 805-688-6404, A portion of all sales is donated to Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

Wild about Wildlife! I serve as special envoy of the secretary of state for wildlife trafficking, and also sit on the board of the nonprofit WildAid,, which offers practical solutions and raises awareness about the demand for endangered species products to end the illegal wildlife trade. WildAid’s public service announcements­­—starring such high- profile advocates as Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, and Leonardo DiCaprio—reach up to one billion people each week.

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