The Kenwood Press
: 02/01/2018

Glen Ellen Telegram

Shannon Lee

“Intrepid milkmaids arrive just in time, in the park” - perfectly poignant as recently seen on the Glen Ellen Fire Department marquee. Our regional park is glorious indeed and the show is just starting to unfold. A whiff of spring is in the air, the daffodils have begun to bloom on Dunbar Road, some of our oaks are coming to life and a vibrant green is foreshadowing a fertile spring.

As nature fights for rebirth through the charred landscapes, so, too, do the people. Who knew we'd be so excited to see myriad trucks rolling through town? Bittersweet as debris is hauled away. Did we sift enough? And thank goodness it's gone. Scraped clean lots will soon be the norm and then the process of rebuilding will begin. Clearly our tragedy, grief, planning, and recovery will continue to unfold layer upon layer.

Paying it forward

As is the case this time each year, the Glen Ellen Fair Association has now disbursed raffle donations to the community beneficiaries. From fair 2017, the recipients were: Glen Ellen Firefighter's Association ($500), Friends of Dunbar School PTO ($400), Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department ($250), Glen Ellen Historical Society ($250), Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood ($250), Transcendence Theatre Company ($100), and Sonoma Developmental Center ($250).

The association also ran the #GlenEllenStrong T-shirt and sweatshirt fire fundraiser that was able to raise more than $4,000 dollars. Those funds were disbursed as follows: Glen Ellen Firefighter's Association ($1,043), Friends of Dunbar School PTO ($1,043), Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department ($417), and Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood ($1,669). Glen Ellen Village Fair 2018 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14. Monthly planning meetings will begin soon and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have questions please email

For the love of our mountain

Elisa Stancil and Chuck Levine recently hosted avid lovers/residents of Sonoma Mountain at their beautiful London Ranch Road home. The occasion was a celebration of a new book being written and compiled by Arthur Dawson. The book is being championed and supported by the nonprofit Sonoma Mountain Preservation, and long-time members on hand at this gathering included Meg Beeler and Ted Eliot (husband of the late founding member Pat Eliot). All in attendance were encouraged to share stories of the mountain and help find ways to support the finishing and publishing of this incredible book. If you'd like information about other gatherings or the book specifically, explore their website or follow/message their facebook page. Donations can be sent directly to SMP, P.O. Box 1772, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

The show must go on!

The play is the thing at Dunbar School and the good news is that the district already has plans and a process in place to construct the new stage. This year's 5th grade play (always performed over Memorial Day Weekend) will be the school's 26th mounting of a melodrama penned by Glen Ellen's own Squire Friddell. Each year he adjusts one of the four scripts to fit with the number and genders of the 5th grade class. This year's production is The Deadwood Desperado: OR A Mother's Grief. Auditions were held in December and rehearsals are beginning this week. For her 17th year, Kate Kennedy will be leading the charge as director, with parent volunteers and school teachers/staff close behind. It takes a village to put on this production and this year the task seems even more monumental since stage, props, sound system components, and all costumes were lost to the October firestorm. As such, the need for volunteers and donations is greater than ever. The play committee asks that you reach out to parent volunteer Sarah Teves at or 766-4371. Donations can be sent directly to the school, made out to Dunbar School and referencing '5th grade play', via 11700 Dunbar Rd. Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

The buzz from around the bend

The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Garden Court Cafe. This meeting is open to all Glen Ellen community members (business and residential) and last month the attendance was very impressive. The forum website ( always lists the meeting agenda and other very important information/updates. They also can be found on Facebook. If you have questions about these meetings or the process that is underway, please email

It seems that Umbria is holding happy hours 3:30-6 p.m. most days, continuing the great tradition of the Lodge/Wolf House as the meeting place of locals and tourists alike.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email or call 996-3352.