On November 14 around 10pm, musicians Lindalou and Michael Ryge of Calistoga were walking back to their car on South A Street after playing music at Santa Rosa’s annual Winterblast festival
Two men jumped out of a passing car, shoved Michael to the ground and grabbed his beloved Taylor guitar. When Lindalou yelled for help one of them struck her in the face, knocking her to the ground.Police arrived within a few minutes. Luckily, physical injuries were minor; Lindalou had a cut lip and a sore back from the fall, and Michael had some cuts and scrapes. But imagine the psychological shock of being assaulted and having your most precious possession grabbed from your hands. Michael had the presence of mind to write the license number of the car, but it turned out to be a stolen plate. To date, efforts to recover the guitar have been unsuccessful.Lindalou and Michael give generously of their time and talents to many charitable causes, from poor villagers in Nepal to victims of the Valley Fire in Napa. Typical of their generosity, they were the last to leave Winterblast because they had stayed late to help us clean up.Michael is shown here playing his 1997 Taylor with abalone inlay around the sound hole, serial #9702 07108. According to the Taylor Guitar Factory website, the replacement value is $3500. My sincere hope is that the community will come forward to support these deserving artists who bring so much joy to the world with their beautiful music.
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