The Kenwood Press
: 10/01/2017

Village Chat

Chuck and Sallie Wood
Chuck and Sallie Wood in Norway.

On Sept. 9, Chuck and Sallie Wood celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Stockholm - congratulations! The Woods were on a tour of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, including Sweden, Denmark and Norway, with a stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well. Chuck's mother was born in Norway in 1915, and they visited a 300-year-old, still-producing cherry orchard along Norway's Hardanger Fjord, which was not far from her birthplace. Chuck said the cherries were excellent, by the way.
Angelo Parisi
Angelo Parisi

We're really going to miss Angelo Parisi, who is retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, specifically from the Kenwood Post Office right next door to us. Angelo has been working in Kenwood for the last 15 years, and his last day is Oct. 6. You can say goodbye in person if you like, at Palooza on the Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m. Angelo's looking forward to playing more music, working with a nonprofit to do some creek monitoring in his Lake County town of Anderson Springs, and becoming a Master Gardener. Good luck, Angelo, have fun, and stop by whenever you're in Kenwood!

Kenwood's Samantha Bohlke-Slater, a student at Santa Rosa Junior College, is performing in the play, It Can't Happen Here, described as “a cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty, It Can't Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sinclair Lewis' eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall.”

Samantha plays Mary Greenhill and several other characters. The show runs Oct. 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 8, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.
Kenwood School 6th Grade pasta feed
The Kenwood School sixth graders pose with Maria Carillo High School Culinary Program students and their teacher, Mary Schiller (right), at the Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed.

The Kenwood School Sixth Grade Spaghetti Feed, on Sept. 17 at the Maple Ring on the Geib Ranch in Kenwood, was the usual fun and filling event. Students from the Maria Carrillo High School Culinary Program provided the excellent food (two kinds of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread), all served up by the sixth graders themselves. And Tony Ghisla and Bonnie Hockman did a masterful job of auctioning off cakes and other desserts to the very generous crowd. All told they raised almost $12,000 to send the class to the Marin Headlands for the annual week of Outdoor Education.
VOTMA Annual Picnic
Kathy Pons (left) and Paula Steinle at the VOTMA Picnic.

The MCHS Culinary students were back in Kenwood the following week for the Valley of the Moon Alliance (VOTMA) picnic in Plaza Park on Sept. 24. Many thanks to Mary Schiller, MCHS culinary program teacher, who devoted two weekends in a row to her students, and by extension to all of us. This time around, the menu included some mouthwateringly good hamburgers/cheeseburgers and salads. Kathy Pons, president of the VOTMA board, was very pleased with the turnout, the beautiful weather, the music (thank you, Alliance Quintet) and the entire day, which raised about $5,000 for this organization dedicated to the “preservation, protection and maintenance of the agricultural character, natural resources and rural beauty of Sonoma Valley.” To find out more, go to

Everyone is going to Canada it seems.
Athabaska Glacier
Suru Subbaroa, Susan Wurtzel, Susan Lynn, and Cindi and Jeff Clemence at Athabasca Glacier.

Oakmont friends Suru Subbaroa, Susan Wurtzel, Susan Lynn, and Cindi and Jeff Clemence recently returned from an adventure to the Canadian Rockies. They stopped along the Columbia Icefields Highway at Athabasca Glacier for a nippy walk and a quick read of the Kenwood Press.

Nancy Martin sent us a picture of the KP with her cousin Helene Rappaport at Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island, which she described as “stunningly beautiful!”

And Linda and Keith Hale have been traveling across Canada for five months now, from Vancouver on the Pacific to Prince Edward Island (PEI) on the Atlantic. If you're an Anne of Green Gables fan, you know that PEI is where the fictional town of Avonlea is set, and Linda must be a fan as you can see from the picture she sent us. Some other highlights of the trip include watching the sunset “retiring of the colors” at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Center in Regina in Alberta, and visiting the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. Apparently the same architect for that museum is now designing the new building for the French Laundry in Yountville. Linda writes, “We will be back in Kenwood around Nov. 15. Look for more photos since Kathy and John Pons are going to be in D.C. when we are [there] in October where their daughter Monica and ours (Georgiana) both live and work. It's a small, wonderful world!”

Thanks for the great Canadian pictures, everyone. I'm sorry they were all too late for our photo contest!

If you'd like to submit anything for Village Chat, just email ann@kenwoodp.ess, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP