School ends and summer begins; do you feel the call of the wild?
The fifth-grade play sets have been taken down from Haver Stage at Dunbar School, the fire trucks are lining up to hose down the eager students (Field Day, June 1), and the post-promotion recessional is less than 24 hours away (fifth-grade promotion, June 2). Summer is truly coming to the village. In the past two weeks the spring-green hillsides have rapidly turned dry and light brown, and I personally saw my first rattler of the year. There are so many ways to enjoy the Valley of the Moon in the summer and to quote Jack London, “Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.”
A perfect place to start is by purchasing your tickets to any or all of the Transcendence Theater Company's Broadway Under the Stars performances at Jack London State Park. On June 17 they open their fifth season with “This Magic Moment,” which will run through July 3. Co-founder Stephan Stubbins reports that their theme this year is “Call of the Wild,” with season song “Live” sung by the amazing “Q,” and two special wines released (a la Benziger) - a red, Call of the Wild, and a white, Best Life Ever. Executive, associate, and directors/resident artists have all either moved here or landed here for the season and include (in addition to Stephan, Brad Surosky and Amy Miller), Eric Jackson, Nick Dalton, Shannon O'Bryan, Dylan Smith, Roy Lightner, Meggie Cansler, and Casey Hebbel. In addition to their normal season of shows, they will also be organizing Transcendent Experiences, a “secret event'”on Aug. 17/18 (save the dates), and their ever-popular Skits Under the Stars. Go to www.transcendencetheatre.org for all the information and updates.
Glen Ellen Fire Department's Annual Dance & BBQ
As always, the place to be on the last Saturday in June (June 25) is the firehouse. From 7 p.m. to midnight, cavort with your neighbors while you boogie to live music, partake in the auction, and enjoy a scrumptious BBQ. Tickets at the door are $25. This is a very important fundraiser for our volunteer fire department - please show them the love and have yourself a great time.
Glen Ellen Village Fair - it's only four months away!
Fall may seem very distant but the fair committee is already deep in planning and locals will soon be receiving their vendor booth applications yet again. Out-of-area vendors will receive their applications in late June/early July. This year's Glen Ellen Village Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, with the theme of “Valley of the Moon.” In lieu of a quilt raffle, up to ten bundled items will be raffled off at the fair. These include dinners in town, stays in cottages out in Bodega, tickets to TTC's holiday show, couples massage, plane tours, and more. The raffle items will be revealed on Tuesday, July 12, when tickets officially go on sale in front of the Glen Ellen Village Market.
The Jack London quilt
To clear up any confusion, the beautiful Jack London quilt displayed at the Mother's Day pancake breakfast is NOT being raffled at the October fair. The Glen Ellen Village Quilters, together with a few other talented folks, created this beautiful piece to support the Jack London State Park centennial celebrations. The quilt will be raffled off at the Holiday Lights Festival on Nov. 26, and the proceeds will go to the park. All information can be found at jacklondonpark.com/quilt. Our May 1st edition erroneously mentioned the fair in the caption for the quilt.
The buzz from around the bend…
Sonoma Valley Unified tried something new and bussed all graduating seniors to their old elementary and middle schools for a visit on May 19. Emotions were thick for all as the 2016 Dragons walked the gauntlet of 2016 Dolphins as they approached Dunbar's beautiful outdoor Haver Stage. The 5th graders handed out carnations to the passing 12th graders. Once seated on the stage, principal Melanie Blake invited the grads to say a few words about their memories of Dunbar, and they did. It was an incredibly sweet ceremony that Dunbar's family certainly hopes will turn into a tradition. The senior walk-about would not have been possible without the quick action of Superintendent LouAnn Carlomagno and High School Principal Kathleen Hawing.
With summer approaching, many here in the village have noticed the change in traffic patterns. Most notably, cars are stopping where there are no stop signs (at every crosswalk in town) and NOT stopping where there are stop signs (disturbingly common at Chauvet/Arnold). Pedestrian traffic will increase, especially in town and on Warm Springs Road. Tourists often drive 25 mph on scenic 55 mph+ country highways and 55 mph through our 25 mph neighborhoods. The price we pay for living in a touristy valley? As a wise neighbor told me, “It is best to be the example in our actions, be patient, and be friendly.”
On Sunday, June 5, the Kenwood Community Farmers Market (the local farmers market closest to Glen Ellen) opens again for the season, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a NEW location: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church at 9000 Sonoma Hwy. (Highway 12). Our farm will be there along with many other local vendors. Come hang with your friends and neighbors.
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