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Village Chat: 09/15/2017

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Evidence of the Journey: Stories of Place

Kenwood author Todd Board recently published a print version of Evidence of the Journey: Stories of Place, a cycle of eight “placed” stories loosely linked to each other (each contains a veiled cameo by a character from another story). Todd says, “All happen in the broad Northern California bioregion, which offers such diverse opportunities for re-creation, respite, and rumination. The protagonists include a wizened ranching dowager; a mid-life hospice chaplain; a quizzically observant grocery store clerk; a sauntering, musical north coast quasi-Indian and his raffish uncle; a flippant disc golfer forced to put on his big-boy pants; the survivors of a deluge of biblical proportion; an aging Basque sheepherder and an ursine trickster; a young urban denizen who wants to see a whale; and a defrocked wine country priest trailed by a shadowy cartel weed entrepreneur. Water, in various guises, also braids its way ambiguously through these stories.”

Evidence of the Journey is available at Readers' Books, Copperfield's Montgomery Village, and on Amazon, and at

You have two more chances to frequent the Kenwood Farmers Market, which takes place on Sundays at St. Patrick's Church, in the front field across from the Kenwood Shopping Center. The market ends its season on Sept. 24, so that leaves just Sept. 17 and 24. Be sure to stop by and thank all those good people who bring you the fruits of their labors throughout the summer, and there have been some long, hot summer days this year! The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After the 24th, you can still get locally-grown produce at Flatbed Farm, 13450 Sonoma Hwy. near Sonoma Valley Regional Park. They are open on Fridays 2-6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

My favorite fundraiser of the year is this Sunday, Sept. 17. It's the Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed put on by the sixth grade class to raise money for their Outdoor Education trip to the Marin Headlands. It's at the Maple Ring on the Geib Ranch, and if you don't already have your tickets, you can buy them at the “door.” Tickets are $15 adults, $10 kids, and kids under age three are free. Look for signage at the corner of Warm Springs and Mervin. The party is from 3 to 6 p.m. Be sure to bring some extra cash so you can participate in the famous Dessert Auction. And by “some cash,” I mean “a lot,” because those homemade cakes, cookies, pies, etc. can go for several hundred dollars apiece. But they're worth every bite, and all for a good cause.

And the best small town fair, bar none, is the Glen Ellen Village Fair, which is less than a month away, on Oct. 8. I hope I don't jinx anything by saying that the weather is always perfect - sunny, warm, with a hint of fall in the air. Everyone in Glen Ellen and most of Kenwood will be happily strolling around sipping a beer or lemonade, perusing the booths and listening to great live music on two stages. There are kids activities, crafts, plenty of shopping opportunities, delicious food, and lots of community groups with all kinds of information for the curious.

It all starts with the parade at noon. If you'd like to participate in any way, call 935-9163, and mark your calendar!

Our photo contest was so much fun. Be sure to check out the special insert in this issue. Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll publish more photos in the next issue of the KP, maybe even here in Village Chat, depending on available space. And, as always, if you have news and photos for Village Chat, email or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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