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No 4th of July Hometown Parade

No 4th of July Hometown Parade

Depot ready for parties, gatherings

By Jay Gamel

While pandemic restrictions were not relaxed in time to plan for a July 4 Kenwood Hometown Parade this year, directors of the Kenwood Community Club have started accepting bookings for gatherings beginning in June, when further relaxation of public assembly rules is expected. The first booking is for a 90th birthday party for 25, and the directors hope to see many more this summer, as people emerge from the long sequestration demanded by COVID-19.

The KCC has sponsored the Hometown Parade for the past five years and will continue to do so in the future, board chairman Nazar Eljumaily said. Planning has to begin before the first of the year to make it work, however, which was not possible this year. Permits have to be requested, fees paid or waived by an act of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, police presence reserved, and a host of small details must be in place for even Kenwood’s modest gala to happen.

July Fourth activities have traditionally included a 5- and 10-kilometer run (Empire Runners), a pancake breakfast (Kenwood Community Church), and a picnic in the park (Glen Ellen and Kenwood Rotary), all of which require advanced planning. Parade entrants must provide applications and insurance for vehicles, and judges must be appointed, maps drawn up, and volunteers recruited to help out. Like any other successful event, a community holiday takes planning.

While there may yet be some relaxed gatherings of friends and neighbors at Kenwood Plaza Park on Sunday, July 4, no official doings are on the horizon, as of now.

If you’d like to host a private party at the Kenwood Depot, you can find details online at www.kenwooddepot. com or leave a message at (707) 408-1127.