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Glen Ellen Telegram: 05/01/2013

May Madness

Spring is in full swing, flush with the buzz of bees and the whirr of weed whackers knocking back the eruption of green grasses before they toast to a summertime brown. It’s busy, with no space to spare: On to the news.

Rehearsals for this year’s melodrama, “A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath,” are well underway at Dunbar Elementary School. Parent volunteer Shannon Lee reports that, under the guidance of Sonoma treasure and long-time melodrama director Kate Kennedy, rehearsals are going well. This year’s crop of fifth-graders appears to be “very talented” (as they always are), and the result of their hard work, as well as that of their parents, teachers, and supporters, is destined to provide a memorable Memorial Day weekend celebration.

Performances of the 21st annual production will be staged on the evenings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 24, 25, and 26, at historic Haver Stage on the Dunbar campus. It takes a village to make the play happen every year, and donations are now being accepted, as are ticket orders, writes Lee. Various levels of community support come with increasing benefits, including tickets to a performance, ad space or a good luck message in the playbill, and a rustic sign on the stage itself. If you would like a donation/ticket order emailed or mailed to your home or business, or if you have questions, please contact Lee, the play’s community liaison, at or 996-3352.

If you’re looking for entertainment sooner rather than later, make a date to see the Stephanie Ozer Trio on Saturday, May 4, at the Hotel Healdsburg. The show, featuring local jazz pianist Ozer, along with Peter Barshay on bass and Kendrick Freeman on drums, is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the hotel, a great venue that Ozer says is cozy, with a fireplace and couches, the perfect place for “a nice hang.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; the address is 25 Matheson Ave., on the square in Healdsburg. For more information visit Ozer’s website at

May also means Mother’s Day, and the annual pancake breakfast served up by the Glen Ellen Firefighters Association and the Glen Ellen Fire Association Auxiliary. The breakfast is set for Sunday, May 12, at the fire department on Arnold Drive; it is the place to be for all local moms and families.

In addition to the traditional pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, strawberries, melon, coffee, and breakfast libations (fruit smoothies, mimosas and gin fizzes), firefighters will be giving away medical magnets to the first 500 visitors.

The breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and a fee is charged. Proceeds benefit the Glen Ellen Firefighters Association.

You’ll also have your first chance to see the handmade quilt, entitled “Food for Thought,” created for this year’s Glen Ellen Village Fair. Leslie Vaughn and Lisa Hardy are already at work on the 23rd annual event, which takes place in October. They’ve lined up a great supporting cast, including Shannon and Steven Lee, who will head up Kids Alley (Shannon also maintains the Facebook page for the fair). Trina and Norm Oliver are back to organize the parade, and local musician (Solcat) Matthew Dickey is on again as the fair’s entertainment coordinator. Rick Dunham and Steven Lee will spearhead setup and breakdown of the event, and are “our go-to men,” according to Vaughn. Eileen Berger will secure the necessary permits and insurance, and Janie Soto and Vaughn are in charge of getting applications out to vendors and lining up booth spaces.

Though Vaughn is part of a great team, which also includes board secretary Vicki Nightingale, the fair organizers can always use more help. “We have about 18-20 dedicated locals serving on the Glen Ellen Village Fair Committee,” she writes. “Our regularly scheduled committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Ellen Fire Department. We encourage locals looking to contribute to planning and/or volunteering to attend our meetings.”

The next committee meeting is May 1. If that’s too short of notice, contact Vaughn in care of A Lasting Impression, P.O. Box 2077, Glen Ellen CA 95442; (707) 935-8288 (office); (707) 494-6197 (cell). Volunteer if you are able.

Finally, May brings the opening of the Glen Ellen Community Farmer’s Market, which will again occupy the parking lot at Jack London Village each Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from May to October. New to the Glen Ellen market this year is Cafe Mugshots – espresso drinks, coffee, tea, and Italian sodas served out of an old horse trailer converted into a coffee cart. Happy Hens Farms will be serving fresh-from-the-farm egg scrambles and grass-fed beef, goat, or lamb burgers; the eggs, chickens and meat are raised in Petaluma. Erikson Ranch of Fairfield will also be at the market, with an array of stone fruit and veggies. Artisan vendors include tie-dye products and redwood furniture made from reclaimed and recycled wood. With opening day being Cinco de Mayo (May 5), piatas will also be in the offering.

That’s all the news for now. But please send on your tales of Glen Ellen. June brings graduations, celebrations, and summer vacations; lots to share with neighbors and friends. You can contact me at or


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