Glen Ellen Telegram
What is on the minds of the village folk? Summer plans, the impending influx of tourists, long days and warm evenings, swimming, graduations and promotions, performances in the winery ruins, picnics under the oaks…
Sitting at the Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast at the Glen Ellen Fire Department I was all ears, and along with my neighbors enjoyed the lively conversation and catching up with friends old and new. The venue fed more than 750 people, which is close to the entire population of Glen Ellen, and as always was a tasty and tasteful event.
Hannah Horowitz, daughter of Sandy and Alice Horowitz of Glen Ellen, graduated with highest honors from Tulane University in New Orleans, and will continue at the school to earn a master's degree in English next year. Son Caleb Horowitz will be entering the frosh Tulane class in August, and joining his sister in what Sandy terms “our beloved New Orleans. We are happy.”
Nick Pimentel, son of Todd and Alison Pimentel, longtime Glen Ellenites who just recently relocated to the Springs, has graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, with bachelor's degrees in two majors: Rhetoric and Media Studies, and Philosophy. In addition, Alison is “graduating” from the horticulture department at Santa Rosa Junior College with certificates in Garden Design, Nursery Management, and Landscape Management.
KC Jeppesen, a Dunbar alum, is graduating from UC Davis this June as a civil engineer, says mom Kristi Hallamore. KC will be working at Herrero Brothers (a structural engineering firm) in San Francisco starting in July.
A big thank you to the proud parents who continue to share their children's accomplishments and to previous columnist Tracey Salcido-Chourré, who funneled info to me!
Plein Air really comes through for Dunbar School
Once again the students have participated in the creation of another mural spearheaded by Dunbar's art teacher Beth Bierman and professional artist Janet Self, and sponsored by funding from Plein Air. This year's panel completes the vision, a cohesive story that began three years ago. The installment project follows a journey from a focus on the small (flowers and insects), through an awareness of ecosystems and exploration, and on to a full blown embrace of science, math, and art both here on the planet and beyond. It is a wonderfully vibrant addition to the campus and all community members should come out to take a look.
Fourth of July - Kenwood or Sonoma?
As Glen Ellenites, we are somewhat split in our answer to this question. Our neighbor to the north wants to remind us that they'd love to see Glen Ellen well represented at their parade and throughout the festivities. If you are interested, you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and applications are due by June 30.
Broadway stars light up the park
Glen Ellen-based Transcendence Theatre Company (TTC) has officially kicked off promotion and ticket sales for their 4th summer season. Volunteers have been gathering for training, donors have been celebrating with “sneak peaks” and “announcement leaks,” and the special artist series has also been announced. In addition to the popular “Broadway Under the Stars” series of four shows, the headliner solo performer this year is Megan Hilty (on Broadway in Wicked, 9 to 5, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and on TV in Smash), who will be performing at Jack London State Park on July 25. For more information about any of TTC's summer offerings, check out transcendencetheatre.org.
Get ready for Glen Aliens
Planning for October's 25th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair is already underway. Some of you may have seen the spectacular solar system quilt revealed on Mother's Day, and raffle tickets will next be available for purchase on Saturday, June 27, in front of the Glen Ellen Village Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme this year is “Glen Aliens” so start getting your tin foil thinking caps on and come up with awesome costumes and décor for the parade and your vendor booth. Applications for vendors will be going out in the next month - first to Glen Ellen addresses and past vendors, and then to the wider list of interested folks. If you'd like to be on the list, please email email@example.com. If you'd like to be involved with fair planning (it takes a village to keep this home-town tradition alive) please come to the next meeting on Wednesday June 10th at 7 p.m. at the Jack London Lodge. (In particular, they are looking for a new treasurer!)
Buzz from around the bend
With the tourist season upon us we are finding more cars on the road. Some are going far too fast through our neighborhoods and village, and others are driving excruciatingly slow on our country highways while the rest of us are just trying to get our business done. Such is the plight of living in a gorgeous valley with so many attractions, photo-hotspots, and near ideal summer weather. Dunbar students would advise us that it's time to practice the life skill of patience as we are on the road - walking, riding, or driving. Maybe it's our job as locals to set the example for safe transportation through our little hamlet.
On a related note: vacation rentals. Several stories have surfaced lately in local media and on social media. What's your take? Are unregulated rentals inherently evil? Do rude renters give an otherwise benign underground system a bad name? Have you used services like VRBO or Airbnb when you've travelled and needed accommodations? Do we need to have a village meeting to air concerns, log grievances, and come up with a Glen Ellen vision for the future of vacation rentals in our town?
From overseas jaunts, to adventure tours, to road trips across the states, I've already caught wind of the summer plans for several Glen Ellen families. Send me your travel stories or plans (along with photos, if you'd like) and I will compile them for my July 1st article!
As always, if you have any Glen Ellen news to announce, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 996-3352.
Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email email@example.com, or call 996-3352.