Glen Ellen Telegram
Bunkhouse Boy Luis Lopez Arevalo poses with Stagehand Gopher Dewey Aaron Aguirre at a recent rehearsal for the Dunbar School Melodrama.
The village is starting to “busy up.” A little more traffic, more amateur photographers stopped on the side of the highway, an increasing need to make reservations at our favorite dining spots. Summer and the swell of vacationers will quickly be upon us. And May is a very busy month for local happenings not to be missed.
On Mother's Day, May 10, the Glen Ellen Fire Department hosts the annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. For a small donation, enjoy a scrumptious breakfast served up by our local volunteer heroes, and shared by the entire neighborhood. This event will also be the first reveal of the Glen Ellen Village Fair quilt and the first sales of raffle tickets to win the quilt when the drawing is held next fall. The 25th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11, and the theme this year is Glen Aliens, sure to be an out of this world event. By the way, the fair planning committee has started meeting once a month; if you'd like to be involved in the process along with a team of volunteers, contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org and join them at the next meeting at the Jack London Lodge, 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 13.
The 23rd annual Dunbar School fifth grade play will be performed on Memorial Day weekend at the Haver outdoor stage out in the school's beautiful oak woodlands. The show begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (May 22-24). This year, the 25 students will perform Wrongful doings at Woeful Ranch under the professional direction of Kate Kennedy (now in her 13th year with the production). The school is soliciting donations and providing ad space in the playbill. Tickets are on sale now or at the door. Contact parent volunteer Grace Mejia, email@example.com, if you'd like to help or sponsor the show at any level.
Jack London State Park has many events upcoming, including a photography workshop (May 2), a guided hike of the East Slope Trail (May 2), a celebration of the musical works of George Gershwin (May 10), a book discussion meeting on The Scarlet Plague (May 15), and a one-day women's writing retreat (May 16). Check out the park's website for details on all these events and programs, www.jacklondonpark.com.
Last year the Glen Ellen Community Farmer's Market moved from Jack London Village to Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road in Kenwood, just one block off Highway 12. This seasonal market will start up again on the first Sunday in June, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a wonderful venue for visiting with neighbors and friends. Many of the farmers and other vendors are Valley and village locals, so be sure to stop in and visit our friends to the north.
Buzz from Around the Bend
Congratulations are in order for two village celebrities: Mike Benziger and Ari Weiswasser. The Benziger Family Winery was awarded the first ever Green Medal Award for Environmental Stewardship by California Wines. Glen Ellen Star's chef Ari was awarded “People's Best New Chef of California” by Food and Wine Magazine. Our little village is getting national attention from these and other stars in the neighborhood, including the folks at Transcendence Theater Company (TTC). TTC is poised to kick off their fourth Broadway Under the Stars summer season at Jack London State Park in June.
The Friends of Dunbar School Parent Teacher Organization (FODSPTO) has kicked off a direct giving challenge campaign for the school's long-time garden education program. For about 20 years, Dunbar School has had an active garden program as an enrichment component for all grade levels and all students. Each classroom visits the school garden for about one hour every week. Garden teacher Alissa Pearce develops age-appropriate activities that integrate horticultural science, nutrition, and art. Funding for garden support and the teaching hours is provided by donations via the non-profit FODSPTO. This spring, an anonymous donor has pledged $5,000 earmarked for the garden if FODSPTO can raise matching funds from the broader school community. The challenge has already begun and closes at the end of June. If you would like to donate in any amount, please send to FODSPTO, P.O. Box 1713, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. If you would like to hear more about the program or the five-year plan for garden infrastructure development, contact Alissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next month this column will begin celebrating graduations of Glen Ellen natives and announcing where our young people are headed for summer jobs, careers, new schools, and travel. Please send in your stories!
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Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 996-3352.