The Kenwood Press
: 04/01/2017

Village Chat

Katy Lee
Katy Lee
Katy Lee, who grew up in Kenwood, will be receiving the Barnard College Anna Quindlen Award for Creative Writing, which is given to a graduating senior to support her creative writing. One of Katy’s short stories was also recently published in the Whitefish Review, a literary magazine in Montana, which the Boston Globe referred to last month as “a little literary journal doing big things, showcasing national writers and featuring quirky interviews with David Letterman, Terry Tempest Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, and others.” Including Katy Lee! Katy’s short story, “The Geometry Of It All,” was published in Narrative Magazine’s Story of the Week 2013-2014 online edition. Congratulations, Katy!

Kenwood is saying goodbye to Gini Dunlap and her husband Peter, which is a real loss for our town. Gini served on the VOTMA board of directors and has been an active member of the community since they moved here in 1995, and Peter created a beautiful succulent garden that remains behind for those of us cruising through the Village to enjoy. The two are moving back to San Francisco.

Gini says, “This is our 16th move in 28 years together. No kidding! I think it is genetic for Peter. He used to move every year with his Russian grandfather who liked to ‘flip’ houses. When we grow up we are going to stop this...”

My Little Pony
James Cannard and mini-pony Peanut Butter
The other day Gini spied James Cannard and his miniature horse Peanut Butter strolling around Plaza Park, and she snapped this photo for us. Peanut Butter also stopped by the Kenwood Press that day, but we were too busy petting her to pull out our cameras!

I made a mistake in my write-up about 96-year-old Marjorie Davis last month, saying that she had retired from Fawn Rescue. [I also said she was 95.] Not so! While she is no longer on the board, she is still an active volunteer, working under the capable direction of Matt Wolfe, the current head of Fawn Rescue. Marjorie picked up her first fawn in 1986, working as a volunteer with another wildlife organization. So she’s been about the business of fawn rescue and rehabilitation for 31 years now. Sorry about the misinformation, Marj!

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood crab feed on March 25 was a big success, and lots of fun. Everyone was raving over how delicious the crab was. It was held in the Deerfield Ranch Winery cave, which is a unique venue for an event. Big thanks to Robert and PJ Rex and their nephew Addison Rex for offering the space to the club. All the funds raised go to local and international projects – buying iPad minis for Dunbar School’s Grade Level Proficiency Program, supplying supplemental weekend food for students, buying sleeping bags, jackets and backpacks for Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), and funding clean water and sanitation projects in Guatemala and Thailand, to name a few. You can find out more at

Karen Kaupke and Oscar Batista
Karen Kaupke and Cuban guide Oscar Batista in Havana
Karen Kaupke went to Cuba last month, flying in and out of Mexico as she was already there on business. She says, “Due to a limited four days, we spent most of our time around Havana. Oscar Batista our tour guide met us at the airport and was with us the entire time until he dropped us at the airport check-in line. Oscar was the perfect guide to introduce us to his “Cuba” – a wonderful fascinating country and culture; Cubans are warm and gracious. We stayed at a well-located Casa Particular, took cabs and “Yank Tanks” for our transportation. Good food and culture. I plan to return soon and expand the amount of time to visit to other parts of Cuba.”

Karen says that at present Cuba is filled with tourists, mostly from Europe and Canada, all trying to visit now “before the Americans get here and change it.”

It’s April, and that means we’re heading toward graduation season. It’s not here yet, but make a note right now to send us your graduation news. We publish the high school graduation notices on June 15, and college or post-grad news as it comes in. Please send photos, too! [the KP does NOT have to be in them!]

Thanks to everyone who sent in news and photos for Village Chat. It’s easy to do – email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP