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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram


By Shannon Lee

Here comes the yellow

As the days lengthen, we are starting to emerge from our coldest stretch of the year and closing out month two of our three rainiest months. February holds promise of playing catch-up in a year where our precipitation has been lacking. To date, our family’s consistently recorded but unofficial rain gauge is at 8 inches on the year (rain year starts Oct. 1). This is in comparison to last year’s 19.5 inches by this date. That sounds a bit dire, but it’s even worse than it sounds because last year we had less than two thirds the annual rainfall overall. Thus far, 2020-2021 is not looking great. And yet, we are also currently in a stretch of promising storm tracks as of the time of writing, so here’s hoping for a very, very wet several months. If you are new to the area, you are in for a treat. The warming temperatures will usher in an early spring all dressed up in bright yellow. February in Glen Ellen is glorious because of the start of this yellowing. Have you already noticed that the daffodils are starting to wake up? For a few short weeks the best place to be is walking or driving slowly along our country roads.

Dunbar Rd. is a favorite, where many bulbs were planted in the wake of the Nuns Canyon Fire of 2017.

Look for the breaks in the storms and get outside and into our local state and regional parks. The late winter/early spring shift in our valley is incredible— don’t miss it. Thankfully, with the current shelter-inplace order, outdoor spaces have remained open. As we’ve come into the new year, the parks have put out an important reminder to renew your support via use fees and passes.

Brimming with good news

We are still in these strange pandemic times, but glimmers of hope and change are on the not-so-distant horizon. Vaccines are rolling out, there are rumors of Dunbar School reopening to in-person learning at some point this spring, and the major construction project at the corner of Arnold and Gibson is looking much closer to completion. Did you notice the paint and exterior light fixtures? How can we not feel hopeful about the possibility of the Garden Court Cafe returning…soon-ish?

Another piece of good news comes from the Glen Ellen Fair Association officers, who report that donation checks of $150 went out at the end of 2020 to the Glen Ellen Historical Society, the Glen Ellen Forum, Glen Ellen and Mayacamas Fire Stations, and The Friends of Dunbar School PTO. Even without a fair event, through the online quilt raffle and the incredible generosity of the community, the association was still able to fulfill their mission of giving back to the community.

In a strong testament to the will and resilience of our local groups, Transcendence Theatre Company managed to pull off a creative series of online summer shows and a unique inperson/ online hybrid holiday show. As fitting recognition of the company’s tenacity and talent, an astounding 14 Broadway World Regional awards were bestowed on TTC. The awards are Arts Educator of the Decade, Best Ensemble (“A Chorus Line”), Best Theatre Staff, Best Youth Theatre Camp/After School Program of the Decade, Costume Design of the Decade, Dancer of the Decade (Dee Tomasetta), Director of a Musical of the Decade (Amy Miller, “A Chorus Line”), Lighting Design of the Decade (Jeffrey Porter), Performer of the Decade (Meggie Cansler Ness), Production of a Musical of the Decade (“A Chorus Line”), Set Design of the Decade (Michael Kramer), Sound Design of the Decade (Nils Erickson), Vocalist of the Decade (Natalie Gallo), and Theatre Company of the Decade. Well done TTC— much deserved! The Buzz from Around the Bend

The Glen Ellen Historical Society is still looking for a home for its growing collection of archives and artifacts. The space would ideally be 200 square feet and must have climate controls for preservation purposes. Have an idea to help them out? Email the Public Information Officer at [email protected] On Jan. 12 it was discovered that someone had kicked in the door of the current location of the Glen Ellen Historical Society archives at Jack London Village. As far as can be told the only item taken was the cashbox, which is kept empty. Increased vandalism and pilfering at the Village since the shutdown has resulted in increased police surveillance, which has proven to be very effective.

Interested in keeping up on the latest regarding the SDC transition? Eldridge for All has recently updated their website at The county SDC Planning Advisory Team website can be found at in the PRMD section. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Captain Gary Johnson of the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Station 5 will be teaching another online All-Hazards Health and Safety Awareness with Basic Fireline Safety. This training is suitable for anyone and is made possible through the efforts of the HALTER Project. Sonoma Valley residents can waive the course fee and attend for free 10 a.m. to 1p.m. To register, visit the TLAR/training tabs. I’m planning to take this course—will I “see” you there?

On that theme, the Glen Ellen Forum’s next monthly meeting will focus on community preparedness with Glen Ellen’s own Julie Atwood (creator of the HALTER Project) as the main presenter. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Links to meetings are up at and will be promoted on the Facebook page. To stay up to date with the happenings, request to join the email mailing list at [email protected].

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email it to [email protected] or call 996-3352.