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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram

Squeezing out every last drop of summer

By Shannon Lee

School may be back in session but we all know that September is that awesome time at the end of summer when we still have the warm nights but the mornings are cool and remind us of fall. The tourism slows down just a hair and we are on the precipice of harvest. We aren’t quite at ‘ant and fly’ season (if you are new to the area you’ll understand that soon enough) and while we are in mild alert mode, we haven’t quite reached the “fire fear” that barges into our psyche in early October and remains until the first really big rain.

Perhaps you are taking long walks or tending your garden as the sun is setting. Maybe you are having an outdoor dinner on a patio. Maybe you are sitting in a hammock and enjoying a good book in the warmth of a lingering dusk.

If music and dancing is your thing, Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” gala will be performed at the Jack London State Historic Park

from Sept. 10-12 and Sept. 17–19. Tickets and information can be found at www.transcendencetheatre. org. August showed us TTC’s triumphant return to summer shows; I will speak for my own experience, but I thought that “Road Trip” was one of the best performances they had ever mounted — really fun.

Looking for something a little more low-key and neighborly? Jack London Saloon patio is the place to be on Thursday evenings. Music begins at 6 p.m. but you really should come early to snag a table. The September line-up of local talent is John S. Williams (9/2), David Aguilar (9/9), JayDub & Dino (9/16), Loosely Covered (9/23), and T Luke (9/30).

The Glen Ellen Fair Association wants to thank everyone who so generously supported the direct donation drive and the T-shirt fundraiser. The Association is now in a good financial place to be able to mount the fair this October.

Raffle tickets for the wall-hanging (quilt) are now on sale; see the detailed article about the raffle in this issue. So is there going to be a fair? The answer is yes. The county is allowing the permit and the fair should look very similar to how it has been in years past: parade, music, vendors, and food. Masks will be strongly encouraged unless within your personal bubble or properly distanced from others. Of course, the pandemic is constantly keeping us all on our toes and although the committee is excited to have everyone save the date for Sunday, Oct. 10, let’s all just keep our fingers crossed and continue to be mindful of our health and safety along the way.

Recently, the original Glen Ellen Fair letterhead was found in the fair archives (see photo). This year’s theme of the Good Ol’ Days ties right in and the logo is shaping up to be the inspiration for this year’s T-shirt which will be revealed at the fair. Want to help with the planning? Join in the next meeting on Monday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Email [email protected] to be on the contact list.

The buzz from around the bend

The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Note: the meetings are typically the first Monday of the month, but for September that conflicts with Labor Day). You can register to receive the meeting link at Not on the Forum email list? Send a message to [email protected]

Chris and Karen Bertrand,

owners of the Glen Ellen Inn, recently shared the accomplishments of their daughter Savannah Bertrand, who is a policy associate for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) in Washington D.C.

Established by a bipartisan coalition in 1984, EESI is a nonprofit committed to imagining a more sustainable energy future. Savannah “works to advance climate, environmental, and clean energy policies and solutions. She focuses on climate adaption and resilience; equity and environmental justice; and coastal and ocean issues.” Previously Savannah worked at the Environmental Defense Center and at the Environmental Protection Agency. Do you have contact with a Glen Ellen-linked young adult whose path we can highlight in this column? Please reach out to [email protected] or call 996-3352.