The biggest little street party
It’s October, which means it’s all about our village’s biggest little street party, now in its 26th year! The Glen Ellen Village Fair will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, noon-5 p.m. on Arnold Drive between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road. As always, the fair begins with the parade, which comes down Gibson, turns left on Arnold, and finishes just past the bridge in front of the Jack London Lodge. This year’s theme is “Jack London’s Valley of the Moon” in honor of the 100th anniversary of our famous writer’s passing. Accordingly, the Grand Marshal is a Jack London descendent, Glen Ellen’s beloved Neil Shepard. If you’d like to be in the parade, please contact Dawn Kemp as soon as possible at MollyPichr@aol.com or 933-9422.
Following the parade, the party really begins with music on the main stage from Solcats, Jaydub & Dino, Dan Martin, and Rubber Soul, announced and organized by Matt Dickey. On the new second stage, John LemMon has lined up Radar, The Trips, Trinity Rayne, Over the Fence, Cat Sass, and 8 Hits & 2 Misses. There will be 80+ booths providing information, selling unique items, prepared foods, clothing, desserts, drinks, and much more. As always, beer and wine tasting will be brought to you by the Glen Ellen Fire Association Auxiliary. There is a section with family-related vendors and fun for the kiddos, including Popo the Clown and pony rides.
This year there are multiple, fantastic raffle packages, tickets on sale throughout the day in bunches of three tickets for $5, seven tickets for $10, or 15 tickets for $20. Raffle drawing will take place at the end of the day. Proceeds of past raffle ticket sales have benefited Glen Ellen & Mayacamas Fire Departments, Dunbar School, and other local charities. Please remember that Arnold Dr. will be closed for most of the day, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Warm Springs Road and London Ranch Road. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is so much happening at Dunbar School this time of year. The annual Jog-A-thon is scheduled for the morning of Friday, Oct. 14. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year with half the proceeds going to fund PTO-sponsored enrichment programs, and the other half going into the field trip fund at the school. If you would like to contribute, please send a check made out to FODSPTO to P.O. Box 1713, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. If you act quickly, it may still be possible to be a business/community sponsor for this event with your logo or name promoted in any thank you materials and on the event t-shirt. The deadline for that is within a few days of this publication. The organizers ask you to contact Renea Magnani (email@example.com) regarding such donations.
Dunbar’s Annual Halloween Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Carnival games, cake walk, haunted house, and goulish goodies will fill the evening. In addition, a set of fun packages will be raffled off. All proceeds will fund PTO-sponsored enrichment programs and events.
Lastly, volunteers are beginning to work on planning for the traditional holiday bizarre called Pixie Corner. If you have crafts or simple gifts to donate, or would like to volunteer as a gift-creating elf (between now and early December) or as a gift-wrapping elf (during the event itself, Dec. 19-22) please contact alumni family organizer Jan Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The buzz from around the bendOn Sept. 17, Jack London State Park held a very special “Call of the Wild” gala celebration of the writer’s life and legacy. The event was well attended and beautifully executed. Many locals got into the spirit to step back in time and they also generously donated to sustain the park. Glen Ellen’s Chuck Levine donned period garb and played Jack on stage during the performance portion of the evening.
Next up at the park? The Wine Country Ragtime Festival on Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (info at www.jacklondonpark.com) and the Jack London Classic Film Festival Nov. 3-5. The park is partnering with the Sonoma Community Center who will host a series of films and dinners. Tickets are on sale at sonomacommunitycenter.org/box-office.html.
Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery is hosting local watercolorist Benita Gaudier at their next “Sunday Social” from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2. The gallery in Jack London Village is now open on Fridays until 8 p.m., other days until 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Kivelstadt’s live music series continues with Domenic Bianco on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.; no cover, wines by the glass start at $5. On Saturday, Oct. 22, they will hold a Fall Release Party from 12 to 6 p.m.; music, cheeses, $20 to general public, wine club members receive two complimentary tickets. For information go to kivelstadtcellars.com.
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Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 996-3352.