Glen Ellen Telegram
Photo by Paul Goguen One of three quilted art pieces that will be raffled off at the Glen Ellen Village Fair on Oct. 10.
By Shannon Lee
Ah… October. This glorious month is hereby reclaimed by our community as a celebration of togetherness and resilience. And what says “We’re still here and we’re full of love” better than the reboot of our favorite annual street fair?
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 10, because there is no other place to be that day than the 30th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair. The theme this year is “The Good Ol’ Days” and the Grand Marshal is Rick Dunham. The fair officially kicks off at noon with the parade coming down Carquinez onto Arnold and heading up London Ranch Road. Don’t be late or you’ll miss it! As soon as the parade finishes, the booths open with artisans, information, novelties, food, and drink.
At the post office parking lot, you’ll find the main stage and the musical acts for the day: T Luke and the Tight Suits, The Tudo Bem Band, and The Poyntless Sistars. The second stage will host local youth musical acts throughout the day. The official fair association booth will have t-shirts, posters, and raffle tickets for the quilts. In addition, and new this year, there will be a silent auction full of awesome opportunities. All auction and raffle proceeds go back into the community as donations. There are still a few vendor spots available, and you can still sign up to be in the parade. For either of those considerations, please email [email protected] net as soon as possible.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, mask-wearing during the event is strongly encouraged unless within your personal bubble or properly distanced from other people. The fair this year will also be a zero-waste event, so you’ll see extra efforts to curtail unnecessary waste from our vendors and multiple disposal options available (compost, recycling, or landfill). The association is hoping that fair patrons will consider bringing their own refillable water bottle and give some thought to waste generation and disposal while participating.
If you are looking for COVID vaccine access, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center will be running a pop-up vaccine clinic at the fair. Please also remember that Arnold Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate for fair set-up and clean-up as well as the event itself. Email [email protected] to get on the contact list or ask any other questions about the upcoming event.
The buzz from around the bend
The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This month’s discussions will include Forum survey results, information about the fair, tech talk with Oz, and possibly several more topics that have not yet been confirmed as of this print deadline. You can register to receive the meeting link at www.glenellen.org. Not on the Forum email list? Send a message to [email protected]
The Fig Café has announced plans to reopen on Nov. 3. They will be serving Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They expressed their appreciation via social media: “Thank you for all the love and support you showed us after we made the difficult decision to temporarily close back in June. We have missed you all very much and look forward to catching up, creating more memories, and sharing delicious food with you. See you all again soon.”
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