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Brittany Kunde sent us ….

Brittany Kunde  sent us ….

Brittany Kunde sent us this photo in September. She wrote: “Standing in the kitchen cooking dinner and looked over at my hubby and literally laughed out loud! Can’t get more Kenwood than this pic or at least I don’t think so, LOL.” I agree. Brittany just wanted to share it with us, “hoping, to bring some laughter during these crazy times.” And that was two weeks before the Glass Fire. Jason is a volunteer with the Kenwood Fire Dept., and he was out there on the lines, so thank you, Jason, and thanks, everyone at KFD!

Melissa and Austin Lely, of Bee-Well Farms, welcomed their son, Hunter Owen Lely, born Sept. 30 at 8:40 a.m., a healthy boy weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Melissa and Austin had to evacuate the evening before due to the Glass Fire, only to head to the hospital to have the baby. They are now back home and settling into their new lives with their little guy. Melissa said, “He is already growing so fast and enjoying his cuddles, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature while on walks with Mommy and Daddy, and learning how to scoot around on his tummy. We are so happy to finally introduce another member of the Lely family, he brings us so much love and joy every day.” Congratulations!

Maizy Shone Long was born Oct. 28 at 10:28 p.m. to Amanda Shone and Caden Long. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Maizy and her big sister

Cassidy are the third generation to grow up in Glen Ellen. As their grandmother Tina Shone says, time truly does fly! Welcome, Maizy!

Brad and Dolores Meyer of Glen Ellen are proud to announce the birth of their first grandchild Hunter Bradley Edwards. New parents Erin Meyer Edwards and Sam Edwards are thrilled with their new arrival. Hunter was born on Election Day, Nov. 3, weighing 8 pounds, and 21 inches long. How about that – three new residents of Glen Ellen! Your soon-to-be Kenwood Press owners, Paul Goguen and Melissa Dowling of Glen Ellen are proud to announce the marriage of Paul’s daughter, Jazmine, to Gabe Kanengiser. They were married in a tiny ceremony at their home in Craryville, New York, on Oct. 24. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this new trend of couples just getting married and skipping the enormous wedding extravaganza. There’s something so nice about two people in love, focusing on what it’s really all about. Of course, let’s hope we get invited to some parties in 2021!

It was a different sort of Halloween this year, and Heidi Kunde Delaney received her first ever trick-or-treaters. Heidi and her husband Doug Delaney live on the back side of the Kunde Ranch, next to Beltane Ranch. When she got a call from Beltane asking her to leave the gate open, she knew something was afoot, but she was wrong, something was ahorse. Lauren Benward Krause and her boys Carlos (the Headless Horseman) and Drake (the skeleton) were out for a Halloween ride.

First they went to Grandma Alexa Wood’s house for spider brittle with a maggot larva glaze, then to the Delaneys for double worm-infested brownies, then to the Atwood Ranch, and then back home to Beltane.

Heidi said that when she commented that it was getting late, Headless replied, “You try saddling a horse with my condition and my brother was too weak to help.” Pretty darn cute!

Chef Steve Rose, of Vineyards Inn fame (AKA Chef Esteban), has been putting his skills to good use in retirement, teaching culinary arts to teens at Chop’s Teen Club in Santa Rosa. Last month he taught them how to make raviolis, and next week it’ll be chicken noodle soup. He sends out a list of ingredients in advance, and then they meet in a one-hour virtual format. Steve enthused, “Teaching virtual cooking classes to my teens is a blast!”

They’re collecting all the recipes from the classes and pictures from the teens in the hopes of creating a Chop’s cook book as a fundraiser.

Buon appetito!

Congratulations to Kenwood’s

Inga Aksamit, backpacking instructor and author. Her book, The Hungry Spork: A Long Distance Hiker’s Guide to Meal Planning, won first place from the Outdoor Writers Association of California for Excellence in Craft in the Best Outdoor Guidebook category. Check it out on Amazon.

As D-Day approaches, the final deadline for Alec and me as owners of this publication (Dec. 11 for the Dec. 15th issue), I want to thank all my readers over the past 26 years for sending in your stories and pictures. Writing Village Chat is hands-down the easiest and most fun assignment in the entire paper.

But don’t despair! I’m turning this column over to some very capable hands. Starting in 2021, Village Chat will be a collaborative effort headed up by the super-capable Robin Stoecker, along with help from Regina Roland and Bridget Paul. Between the three of them they should be able to round up all kinds of interesting news. Thanks, ladies, for stepping up to the plate!

In the meantime, you can send in your items for Village Chat to [email protected], or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP

Austin and Melissa Lely with baby Hunter Owen Lely.

Big sister Cassidy holds Maizy Shone Long.

Hunter Bradley Edwards, born on Election Day.

Jazmine Goguen and Gabe Kanengiser were married in an intimate ceremony on Oct. 24.

The Headless Horseman (Carlos) went trick-or-treating with a skeleton (Drake) and their mom, Lauren Benward Krause at Beltane Ranch and surrounding properties.

Chop’s teens learned to make these raviolis (virtually) from chef Steve Rose.