The Kenwood Press
: 02/01/2016

The month for love

Shannon Lee

What’s not to love in February? It’s 50 shades of green, the yellow flowers start coming out, the sky shifts between stormy slate and brilliant sunny blue. This end of the valley is just glorious this time of year and this year’s wonderful soaking, recharging rain has made everything just a touch more magical. As you think about plans for taking your loved one out to dinner, consider staying in our little town, but remember that tourists love it here, too, so either make reservations early or book for a date other than Valentine’s Day. One benefit is that this year the 14th is on a Sunday, which might mean that the reservations are a little less tight. Aventine is a divine spot for a great cocktail and some appetizers and the rest of the menu is just as wonderful. Yeti serves up arguably the best Indian food in the county. Glen Ellen Inn is great for lunch or dinner, and their desserts are always a treat. Glen Ellen Star has a new patio and is dedicated to local, seasonal produce as the starting place for creative flavorful dishes. Enjoy weekend brunch at The Fig Café or Garden Court Café. Our little town has so much to offer!

Flatbed Farm

Rachel and Rex
Rachel Kohn Obut with pal Rex, is a farmer and garden styler for Flatbed Farm in Glen Ellen.
Recently I visited my friend Rachel Kohn Obut, farmer and garden styler, formerly of Lunita Farm. She is now a resident of Glen Ellen and is the farmer at Flatbed Farm on Highway 12, just south of the intersection with Arnold Drive, owned by Sophie and Chris Dolan. Rachel runs their production operation and has the on-site farm-stand open on Sundays from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seasonal produce is available for purchase. In my next column I’ll tell you more about this new(er) farm and its owners, as they promise some fun news for the transition into spring!

2016, a big year for Jack London

If you are a Glen Ellen resident, then you have probably received the save-the-date postcard from Jack London State Park. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Jack’s death and as such the park and other spots (such as Oakland’s Jack London Square) have events on the books. The park will be holding events throughout the year. You can keep up with happenings on their website or you can join their mailing list.

Buzz from around the bend

The Glen Ellen Village Fair Association (the official nonprofit board which handles the financial aspects) is proud to announce the disbursement of funds from the 2015 fair. This year’s recipients are: The Glen Ellen Firefighters’ Association ($1,000), Friends of Dunbar School PTO ($600), the Glen Ellen Historical Society ($450), Girl Scout Troop 10878 ($400), Rotary Club of Glen Ellen/Kenwood ($200), Jack London Park Partners ($150), Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department ($150), and SDC-CPS-SPTA ($50). The ability to disburse this $3,000 is a direct result of the community’s support of the fair and most notably, the raffle process. What an awesome village! The association also wants you to save the date for Fair 2016: Sunday, Oct. 9.

Olive and Vine is ending its run at Jack London Village. No news on what will replace it (who can?) but I recently chatted with Jim Shere, whose practice is in the complex, and he conveyed the news that the space on the corner is soon to open as some sort of café and boutique. I will investigate further and get back to you!

Hearty congratulations to the Transcendence Theater Company, whose Broadway Under the Stars productions (at Jack London State Park) and individual artists, have once again captured awards from Broadway World San Francisco. Glen Ellen resident Amy Miller was listed as Person to Watch (Female) while her associate Eric Jackson received the male side of that distinction. Other awards won by TTC were: Best Choreography (Local), Best Direction of a Musical (Local), Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local), Best Lighting Design (Local), Best Production Performed by Youth, Best Production Performed For Youth, Best Sound Design, and Best Special Theater Event. Phew, what a list! You live here and you’ve never experienced this? Check out their 2016 season now announced at