The Kenwood Press|
Community spirit in the village
The Glen Ellen Village Fair 2018 was a wonderful day and the Glen Ellen Fair Association and volunteers want to thank everyone who attended and participated. The main purpose of the event each year is to celebrate our community with a good ol' fashioned street fair. The side perk of the event is fundraising and the fair association each year donates raffle proceeds and other income to community nonprofits. The details aren't yet available for this year, but the numbers look very good and I will publish as soon as I have that information. In the meantime, Association President Leslie Vaughn reports the raffle winners as well as the parade winners and honorable mentions.
On Oct. 20, somewhere north of a dozen volunteers headed into the creek for a watershed clean up event organized by the Glen Ellen Forum, with assistance from the Sonoma Ecology Center. More than 30 pounds of trash were removed in large plastic bags as well as several other larger items. The team mostly focused on the area between the one-lane bridge and the main bridge next to the post office parking lot. As we come into the month known for reflections on thankfulness, I'd like to express my personal gratitude for the beautification committee and all of the active participants under the Glen Ellen Forum umbrella.
Volunteer activity has also been sighted multiple days out in the teaching garden of Dunbar School. Garden coordinator and teacher Alissa Pearce reports that the garden is almost ready to again welcome students, who are most eager to dig in the dirt and get planting after the long delay caused by the firestorm last year. Twenty-eight brand new raised beds are in place and fed with all new irrigation. The base rock and footings for a shed and several greenhouses is in place. Final design discussions for the garden's Peace Corner have been scheduled. This outdoor classroom rebirth has been made possible through donations of money, time, and materials by many people/businesses, including Jeff Pearce, Dawn McIntyre, Bret McIntyre, Kurtis McIntyre, Steve Lee, Mike Witkowski, Chris and Kelly Hoffstetter, Joelynn and Robert Lee, Kristin Edwards, Mara Irvin, Rory Pool, Delia Festa, Jillian Beale, Melanie Blake, Tracy Salcedo, Jason Pine, Shannon McCambridge, Celeste Winders, Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary, Sonoma Materials, and Hunter Industries.
The firehouse marquee recently read “After all is said and done, usually more is said than done” - nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the drive and spirit of our community.
The buzz from around the bendSheryee McCormick of McCormick's Mercantile wants us to know that “we now celebrate every Wednesday with complimentary home made cookies for all customers” and that each month the store will highlight a different artist. In November they will feature Sonoma artist Julia Pozsgai, with a discount of 10 percent on her items. According to her website (www.pansycreations.com), Pozsgai has autism which makes verbal communication challenging, but her communication via art is prolific. “Her creations pour out of her in a free, daring, and authentic manner.” Pozsgai works with many media (paint, fabric, ceramic, etc.) and has been recognized locally by Creative Sonoma, as well as nationally via ArtLifting.com.