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Glen Ellen Telegram

By Shannon Lee

Lost and Found

Collectively, globally, and locally so much has shifted over the past 17 months. It’s a landscape of contrasts. Stillness and waiting amid flurries of emotional swings. The sense that everything is stuck and yet moving, new, and that the normal we had is now of the past. During this time, we’ve piled up a collection of things lost and things found. Some of these things are mundane – finding we can bake our own bread – and some are profound –losing your good health. Some of you have enjoyed being home and have found closeness within your bubbles. Others have felt terribly alone. Some have found more work than they ever had before. Others lost their jobs. Certain of these collected things will stay with us and some will fade as the pandemic fades and we evolve to the “What’s next?”.

For me the collection is really odd. I found through helping with independent study why my youngest daughter “never liked to read.” In January, our family lost a dear loved one to COVID-19. Last summer I found my old friend anxiety that had been well “handled” for the past 20 years. I lost my commute, for the time being; good riddance. I found that I really could enjoy running. Well it’s not exactly running, more like jogging, or slow jogging. Let’s call it slogging. I lost some of my social skills. What does your collection look like?

Growing season

Now is the time (finally) to plant your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, squash. And whether you grow some of your own or not, it is also time to plan visits to Flatbed Farm and Oak Hill Farm. Both spots are open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both have more than just fresh produce, and both provide a unique lens into the history and bounty of Glen Ellen. Both farms are located on Sonoma Highway: Flatbed Farm is at 13450 and Oakhill Farm is at 15101. Each location also has a very well put together website so that you’ll “know before you go.”

The Buzz from Around the Bend

Transcendence Theater Company has announced its return to live theater this summer with multiple drive-in performances at various locations around Sonoma County, as well as two performance series up in the winery ruins of Jack London State Park. Road Trip! is scheduled for August 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, and 2729. The Gala Celebration is scheduled for September 10-12 and 17-19. For info and tickets: bestnightever. org.

The Glen Ellen Fair Association needs you! Please get involved with the planning of our favorite smalltown event. If you’d like to join in on this year’s planning, please join the next meeting Monday May 10 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please email [email protected] and request the link to the meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to participate with this all-volunteer nonprofit team. Save the date: Sunday October 10th noon to 5pm.

The agenda for the next Glen Ellen Forum meeting is still coalescing but will include a Tech Talk with Oz (Oz Robledo) and a presentation and Q& A with Tony Passantino of the Sonoma Ecology Center. Tony will be talking about the facets of public outreach and education that he is involved in. The forum meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday May 3, 6:30 p.m. and you can register to receive the link at Not on their emailing list? Send a message to [email protected]

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