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Kanengiser. They were married ….

Kanengiser.  They were married ….

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


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.

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