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Village Chat: 01/15/2013

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From left, Jim Strand, Laura Benward and Angelo Parisi performed a Holiday concert in the lobby of the Kenwood Post office.
Visitors to the Kenwood Post Office got more than they expected on Dec. 19 when postal worker Angelo Parisi along with friends Laura and John Benward and Jim Strand gave a Holiday concert in the lobby. Jim played Celtic pipe and drums, Angelo played the euphonium, John the mandolin, and Laura guitar. Busy Kenwoodians mailing out and picking up packages were most appreciative of the unanticipated treat. Thanks, guys, and thanks to Peter Spencer for sending us photos of the event.

Drew and Sarah Fagent welcomed the birth of their son, Henry Arthur, on Dec. 2 in Santa Rosa, and big sister Olivia and grandparents Dennis and Carolee Fagent were equally delighted by his arrival. Congratulations, everyone!
New arrival Henry Arthur Fagent, born Dec. 2.

Oakmonters Olivia and Lou Kinzler are back from a hiking odyssey in France and Spain, walking the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela. According to legend, James the Greater, having preached Christianity in Spain, returned to Judea and was put to death by order of Herod. His body was miraculously transported to Iria Flavia in the northwest of Spain, and later to Compostela, which during the Middle Ages became one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in the world. Today pilgrims walk from as far away as Geneva and Paris, more than 1,000 miles, but most people just walk the route in segments over days and weeks. Historically, when you “walked the way,” your time off in purgatory was guaranteed. You only needed to complete the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela on foot or horseback to qualify.

The Kinzlers took the pilgrimage for 10 days and 160 km from Toulouse to Nogaro, all in France. From there they traveled by car to Santiago de Compostela and saw the grand cathedral, and its unique rituals like the Botofumeiro, a high flying burning incense which was pretty amazing. Olivia said that for them the trip was a once in a lifetime experience and a good measure of their stamina and determination.

Some of our local wineries pulled out all the stops to create elaborate gingerbread likenesses of their wineries, based on their favorite Christmas movies, which they displayed in their tasting rooms throughout the month of December (see bottom of page). Visitors cast ballots for their favorites in this Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance competition, and the winners were: First Place - GlenLyon Winery & Two Amigos Wines, Second Place - B.R. Cohn Winery, and Third Place - Chateau St. Jean. Congratulations to the master chefs: The GlenLyon “crew,” Crisp Bake Shop which perfected BR Cohn's “The Nightmare before Christmas,” and local gingerbread mastermind Kelly Cleaver for the “Polar Express Departs from the Chateau.”

Dick and Blanche Kaiser and Helen and Ken Young in New York City with the KP.

In December Dick and Blanche Kaiser and Helen and Ken Young were in New York City. They snapped this photo while waiting to see the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Thanks for thinking of us!

Winners of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance Gingerbread Winery competition. Above top: First Place, GlenLyon Winery & Two Amigos Wines; Middle: Second Place – B.R. Cohn Winery; above bottom: and Third Place – Chateau St. Jean.

Did you happen to see Jeff Cox' review of Café Europe in last Sunday's Press Democrat (Jan. 6)? Ever since I read it I've been craving apple strudel a la mode! It's nice when someone reminds us how delicious food like old-style Bavarian cuisine can be, especially on these chilly winter nights. If you've never been to this little gem run by owner Herbert Zacher and chef Robert Buchschachermair, it's tucked away in the St. Francis Shopping Center next to Safeway. Check it out.

Carolyn Woodson, former pastor of Kenwood Community Church, will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. The folks at KCC invite you to come and renew your friendship with Carolyn and enjoy the fellowship of the Kenwood Community Church. And speaking of fellowship, the church hosts a Bingo night on the first Saturday of each month, with supper at 6 p.m., followed by rounds of Bingo.

It's nice to be back in the office and back on our regular two-week publication schedule, although the time off was heavenly. I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break as well.

Thanks to everyone who sent in news and pictures for Village Chat. And you can, too! Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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