*I’d been in Santa Rosa the night before for Johnny Mathis’ show, and couldn’t resist checking out the Charles M Schulz Museum & Research Center before heading home. Fans of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, or any of the Peanuts gang will love the center, while learning something they didn’t know about the revered comic strip.
“It Was A Dark And Stormy Night” is the name of the Center’s newest exhibit, outlining the history behind Snoopy’s hysterical writing career. Other attractions included Snoopy’s presentation of famous United States presidential pets — did you know that long before we met the Obama’s dogs, a pet alligator lived in the White House?? — and an exhibit that details the Peanuts gang’s devotion to health and fitness (Peppermint Patty was ahead of her time in trying to eat a healthy lunch).
The Center also features a recreation of the studio where Schultz drew the Peanuts strip each day, a spacious crafts room where kids and adults alike can perfect their own drawing skills, and a large, warm garden that, yes, is the home of that infamous Kite Eating Tree that was Charlie Brown’s annual foil.
If you need a bite to eat, you’ll have to stop by the Warm Puppy Cafe, where you can enjoy Snoopy and Woodstock-themed meals — served in Snoopy’s dish! The center also features a full-sized ice rink that resembles the one Schulz frequented as a kid, and a comprehensive gift shop that is now the home of a few of my hard-earned dollars. I couldn’t help myself! They had a plush Franklin!
One of the museum’s upcoming exhibits presents an overview of the history behind those classic holiday television specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown that are a part of so many of our childhoods.
Thanks for the memories, Charlie Brown…and for the hospitality, Charles M Schulz Center team! See you again soon!
More information on the Charles M Schulz Museum & Research Center can be found at schulzmuseum.org.