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Rain. Rain! RAIN!!!

After two very dry years the water is quite welcome, although it certainly causes problems when so much of it comes at once. As of deadline the rain gauge I’m following has recorded over 9 inches of precipitation for rain year 2021-2022. This represents 64% of the total rain we recorded for all of last year.

It was a fine fair

Although we love the rain, and the transition out of fire season, the Glen Ellen Fair Association is so grateful that we had such beautiful, clear, comfortable weather for the reboot of this beloved annual event. Oct. 10 was a great day for the 30th annual fair.

“The Good Ol’ Days” was the theme, and that small-town vintage feel was certainly out in full force, but as volunteer Lisa Coleman pointed out with her sign in the parade, “The Good Ol’ Days are NOW!”

The parade was a great success thanks to the hard work of Steven

Raffaini and Kimber Evans. The top honor of the day went to Grand Marshal Rick Dunham, but parade judges Glen Ellen postmaster Don Mitchell, BJ Blanchard, and Robert Howard singled out other entrants as well. Loudest Group went to the Devils Darlin’s car club. Most Unique went to Iron Ark ( by the late Chuck Gillett). Judges’ Choice went to Marshall’s Garage. Judges’ Choice Honorable Mention went to Miss Sonoma County. And Best Spirit went to the Jack London Yacht Club.

The music, organized and engineered by volunteers Pat Carlin and Andrew Booher, was also grand. TLuke and the Tight Suits kicked it off, infusing the space with Mardi Gras vibes. Next up was Tudo Bem, with well-known local David Aguilar. Batting clean-up were the Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin’ Show Band, complete with glitzy costuming and dancing groupies. Main stage music was sponsored by the Glen Ellen Forum. On the second stage local youth musical acts were very impressive, and thanks go to John LemMon, who organizes and facilitates that opportunity each year.

Many vendors expressed great joy at being back at outdoor community events, and they had a fantastic day, with some doing so well with sales that they ran low on inventory. Full disclosure: I got the very last Hawaiian chicken plate, sorry (not really; it was so good)!

The fair organizers don’t keep an accurate count of fairgoers, but the general feeling was that 2021 was better attended than 2019 and that the density remained high throughout the day, not just the first several hours, which is often the case.

The raffle winner was Valley local Sheana Davis, who was overwhelmed with emotion but swiftly decided to gift the elaborate wallhanging quilt to her friends and well-known locals Squire and Suzy Fridell, with eyes toward it going to their 23-month-old granddaughter.

“We are delighted to receive the incredible ‘Crazy Quilt’ wall hanging won by Sheana,” said Suzy. “We are happy to represent three generations of Glen Ellenites and we will hang the quilt in perpetuity for Hattie. Kudos to the ladies who lovingly and diligently made this piece of art.”

This year’s fair may have been the 30th, but it was the inaugural run of a fair silent auction, superbly captained by the amazing Amanda Shone. Between the auction, the raffle, and donations from the community, and despite the pandemic pause and problems of last year, the Glen Ellen Fair Association will be able to fulfill its mission of donating to community nonprofits. The executives will convene and make an announcement with those details sometime around the end of the year.

To cap it off, saving the best for last, our entire town has to acknowledge the incredible efforts of fair president Leslie Vaughn. The driving force behind the fair for 10 years, Leslie was supposed to hang it up after 2020. Of course, COVID had other plans, and she agreed to stay on to see the 30th fair put into the books.

This annual event truly takes a village to come together, and hardworking volunteers start in on the process every spring, about six months ahead of the fair. Please contact the association at [email protected] gmail. com if you’d like to be part of the team, have ideas, or have questions.

The Buzz from Around the Bend

The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. There will be committee reports, announcements, and special guest speakers: the Glen Ellen Historical Society and the Council on Aging are confirmed although the agenda is still evolving. 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 will be reopening on Nov. 12, serving Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sheryee of McCormick’s Mercantile wants to remind everyone to stop by and check out possible holiday gift ideas, including framing services.

Wine Snob* Winery here in town has named a new wine after P5, one of the tagged male mountain lions that frequents the vineyard. The release party for 2019 Puma-5 will be held on Nov. 6, with a wine and food pop-up by Belfare. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Thank you for reading this column. If you have any news to share or Glen Ellen-centered good news you’d like me to cover, please reach out to [email protected] or call (707) 996-3352.

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