Kenwood Hometown 4th of July - pancakes, parade, shindig!
Kenwood Plaza Park
Thursday July 4th - 7:00am
PancakesFolks at Kenwood Community Church are working hard to get ready for Kenwood’s big 4th of July celebration centered around Kenwood Plaza Park off Warm Springs Road.
Since 1994 the church has provided a hearty breakfast to start the day, serving early birds from the Redwood Empire Runners at 7 a.m., and ending at 11:30 a.m. when the last guests go through the line. The famous “pancake breakfast” menu also offers scrambled eggs, sausages, fresh oranges and orange juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $10 for adults (13+), and $8 for children (age 4-12). A long buffet is set up in the church’s beautiful courtyard garden, and diners can eat outside on picnic tables under the trees, or inside the Fellowship Hall where patriotic quilts from the Kenwood Church Quilters are on display.
Over 30 community volunteers participate, coming from the church itself as well as Kenwood, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma Valley. Every year long-time friends and family members come from near and far to help cook, serve, greet, and clean up. This year we even have past visitors from Amsterdam returning to serve as volunteers.
At 8:30 a.m. the silent auction beckons. Tables are set up in Kenwood Plaza Park near the gazebo, in the grove of trees facing the church. Hundreds of auction items have been collected from individuals, wineries, restaurants, and local businesses. From gift baskets to artwork, collectibles, wine and wine-tasting events, restaurant and store coupons, there is something for everyone – including children. Stop by and discover your own treasures. The auction wraps up at 1 p.m., so get your bids in early.
The historic church sanctuary will be open, and brochures are available which explain its history, mission, and beliefs. The church was originally built in 1888 and moved to its present site in 1895.Wedding and memorial planning brochures are also available.
Proceeds from this annual event go toward the maintenance of our historic church, as well as supporting local needs through such organizations as the Redwood Empire Food Bank, La Luz Center, The Living Room, and Catholic Charities.
If you have items you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Sally Doss at 484-9900 or Jenny Froyd at 708-8887.
ParadeThe Kenwood Hometown 4th of July Parade is an enduring tradition and is the major town get-together of the year. This year’s theme is “The Great Outdoors” and features Bill Myers and Dave Chalk of Bill and Dave Hikes as Grand Marshals (though Dave Chalk will be out of town … hiking elsewhere, of course.)
If you would like to join the parade, please go to kenwoodparade.com to enter online or download a form, or drop by the Kenwood Press office and pick one up.
The parade – usually lasting about 20 to 30 minutes – starts at 10:30 a.m. with a salute to Old Glory led by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Color Guard, accompanied by the National Anthem sung by a guest – as yet unknown.
After the honors, the parade: people and cars and trucks and wagons and kids and bicycles and goats and dogs … the list is as varied as the entrants. The parade starts at the corner of Warm Springs Road and Clyde Avenue, navigates down Warm Springs, past the judging stand, and then around Plaza Park.
Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of local luminaries, including Steve Marshall, Katie Biller, Chris Benziger and John Magnoli.
Candy will be tossed into the massive crowds lining Warm Springs Road between Clyde and Park Row, cheering the entrants. It’s an extremely family friendly event, suitable for small kids as well as the rest of us.
The 4th of July Parade is sponsored by the Kenwood Community Club and is being directed this year by Nazar Eljumaily with some help from his friends. If you would like to volunteer to help, please go to kenwoodparade.com or leave a message at 234-8657.
ShindigRight after the parade ends (about 11 a.m.), mosey on over to Plaza Park for the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood’s annual community Shindig.
Now in its sixth year, the Shindig gets better and better, so come hang out with old friends and new.
There will be beer, wine, and food for sale. Food this year will be provided by Palooza’s hot dog stand and Got Balls Meatball Factory’s food truck.
Activities include face painting, kid’s games, popcorn, and ice cream.
Nonprofits such as the Glen Ellen Historical Society and Sonoma County Beekeepers will be there to share information with you.
As you enjoy a beautiful afternoon, you can listen and dance to the music of The Blue Rock Band, versatile musicians who cover everything from rock to blues to funk to country.
Bring your chair and while away the July 4 afternoon.
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood puts on this event for the community as a thank you for its support of the club’s local and international service projects.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, go to www.glenellenkenwoodrotary.com.