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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram

By Shannon Lee

The hills are alive and the boats are back

This month marks the return of “Broadway Under the Stars” at Jack London State Historic Park. After last summer’s pandemic pivot, Transcendence Theatre Company is back with “Road Trip!”, a musical tour of the United States. The show will be performed in the winery ruins on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through all of August. The season-ending gala will also be performed at the park from Sept. 10–12 and Sept. 17–19. Tickets and information can be found at www.transcendencetheatre.org.

Last month, the Jack London Yacht Club held a very successful “Anchors Aweigh” yacht christening at the Jack London Saloon. Emcee Squire Fridell, Tommy Smothers, poet Doug Offenbacher, and live music by Mayra Swatt and the Kilpptones provided the entertainment. Party support from Bob Taylor of KSVY, Chef (and local) Dave Walker, and auction overseers Dave and Dana Shefferman, along with a team of volunteers, allowed for smooth sailing. Let’s all hope for a race in the creek this coming spring. Long live the Snark!

Summer bounty and beauty

August is truly the height of the growing season here in the valley. At no other time can you find such a variety of farm-fresh, local, and seasonal produce as you can right now. Farmer’s markets are in full swing and our two prominent farm stands in Glen Ellen are a great outing for locals or visitors. Oak Hill’s Red Barn Store is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Check out their website at www.oakhillfarm.net.

Flatbed Farm is open on Fridays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. with limited items, and fully open on Saturdays from 9-3pm. They are also holding events this month, including “Arranging Summer Blooms” on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and a “Full Moon Farm Dinner” on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to sign up for events, see www.flatbedfarm. com.

Yes, it is hot and dry, but there is still a lot of beautiful nature to enjoy this time of year if you plan your timing and location— and make sure to carry lots of water. Also, keep an eye (and ear) out for the rattlers. The Sonoma Valley Regional Park is open from dawn to sunset every day; the shady parts of the bike path are a wonderful place to take a stroll in the first half of the day or closer to sundown. Jack London State Historic Park is open from 9 to 5 p.m. every day; going early is always your best bet this time of year. Spend some time gazing down into our village creeks. Folks have been seeing beavers, raccoons, foxes, deer, herons, birds of prey, bobcats, etc…

The buzz from around the bend

Acoustic Thursdays are now definitively a “thing” to experience at the Jack London Saloon patio. The shows start at 6 p.m. but you really should come early if you want a table. Enjoy cocktails and snacks or full dinner while listening to some great musicians. The upcoming line-up is: Jaydub & Dino (8/5), Ain’t Misbehaven (8/12), Dan Martin (8/19), TLuke (8/26), John S. Williams (9/2), and Frankie Bourne (9/9). This has become a wonderful weekly event for reconnecting with neighbors after this difficult year-and-a-half.

The Glen Ellen Fair Association wants to thank everyone who graciously sent in donations or participated in the online apparel fundraiser. By the end of July, they had received about $3,000 toward their goal of $4,500. The T-shirt fundraiser is now closed but direct donations (via check) are still greatly appreciated and can be sent to: Glen Ellen Fair Association, P.O. Box 96, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Save the date of Sunday, Oct. 10th. Can’t wait to see everyone at the thirtieth annual fair! Want to help with the planning? Join the next meeting on Monday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. It is currently unclear whether this meeting will be online or in person; contact [email protected] to be on the contact list.

The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. You can register to receive the meeting link at www.glenellen.org. Not on the Forum email list? Send a message to [email protected]

As you may be aware, the Glen Ellen Inn’s restaurant has been permanently closed. Owners Chris and Karen Bertrand have owned the business since the 1990s and in 2001 opened lodging; the “inn” part of the name had always been a source of confusion for out-of-towners or those new to the area. They have applied to change the restaurant portion of the property into two additional lodging units. They hope to keep the bar area as it is. The business went up for discussion at the recent Sonoma Valley Citizen’s Advisory Commission and as of press time the outcome was unknown.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email to [email protected] or call (707) 996-3352.


A display of fresh produce and other products at Flatbed Farm on Sonoma Highway near Arnold Drive.Photo by Paul Goguen

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