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Village Chat: 01/15/2014

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In December St. Patrick's Episcopal Church welcomed their new Interim Rector, Jennifer Hornbeck. Unlike the former rector, Hugh Stevenson, who is British, older, and a man, Jennifer is a 5th generation Californian, young, female, enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking and cycling, and wears cowboy boots. However, much like Hugh, she has a great sense of humor and a welcoming personality. She's no slouch intellectually, either, having gotten her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 2001. The church is in the process of searching for its next permanent rector, and per Episcopal tradition the interim may not become the permanent rector, so if you want to meet Jennifer, don't wait too long!

George and Greta MacLeod renewed their wedding vows on Jan. 3. Back row: grandchildren Evan and Helen and sons John and Richard. Front row: George, daughters Susan and Noel and daughter-in-law Marjorie, and Greta, seated.
And speaking of St. Patrick's, George and Greta MacLeod celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 3 (the actual date is Jan. 2) by renewing their wedding vows at St. Patrick's, with Rev. Hornbeck officiating the very moving ceremony. Surrounded by immediate family and at least one member from the original wedding, Shirley McDonald, George and Greta recited their own vows on a mild and sunny afternoon. George, 'the old patron' to those of you who follow his Journey to Harvest column in this paper, puddled up in tears, much to the amazement of his children who can hardly recall such an occurrence up to now. Afterward the entire party repaired to the Swiss Hotel in Sonoma for a celebratory luncheon. The MacLeods often stopped at the Swiss Hotel back in the 1970s when they were first building their Kenwood ranch off Lawndale Road. Congratulations to one of our community's most respected and beloved couples.

And congratulations to Stephanie and Travis Berg on the birth of their son Noah Benjaman.
Baby Noah Berg with his parents Travis and Stephanie. Noah was born Jan. 10
Noah was born on Jan. 10, was 21 inches long, and weighed a whopping 11 pounds, 10 ounces. He's doing great, as are his parents, except for being overwhelmed by four sets of grandparents and other assorted relatives. Locally, that would be Deborah and Tim Holmes and their other children Tyson and Aly, so congratulations to all the new grandparents, aunts and uncles, too!

If you procrastinated and didn't buy tickets to the Kenwood Firefighters Association Crab Feed, it's too late. This year's Feb. 8 crab feed is sold out. The same is true of the Valley of the Moon Rotary Club's Feb. 22 crab feed, so you'll just have to wait until next year. Obviously scarcity breeds demand, especially where crabs are involved!

It's not too late, however, to buy your tickets to the Big Heart luncheon on Feb. 12. This year the Kenwood Education Foundation is honoring Susan and Jon Reiter, Laura Rogers, Wendell Freeman. The luncheon will be at the Quail Inn, and it's always a heartwarming celebration - one of the best fundraisers of the year, as far as I'm concerned. For tickets, go to

The Alice In Wonderland gathering at the Musser Kirby Ranch on Xmas Day. Among the characters were three Alices (Musser-Viscoli triplets from Minnesota), the Queen of Hearts (Betty Musser) and King (Warren Musser), and their court (Janet, Kyle, Hope and Elsie Fisher), the Rabbit, (Peggy Engel Kent with husband Michael and daugher Sarah), the Mad Hatter (Polly Fisher), as well as other Wonderland characters Kim Musser Viscoli and David, Diane, Mike and Christopher Kirby.

Christmas at the Musser-Kirby ranch in Glen Ellen is a little different. Instead of Santa at the North Pole, think Alice in Wonderland. The house was resplendent with Alice in Wonderland artifacts, thanks to Diane Musser-Kirby, and relatives and friends really got into the theme, as you can see by this picture sent in by Polly Fisher. Very cute!

Sharon Ausiello enjoys the sun, the sand and the Kenwood Press in Turks & Caicos.
Ed and Sharon Ausiello vacationed in Turks & Caicos in December and sent in this snap. Sharon says, I definitely know why they call it Turquoise. The water was so blue and 82 degrees. They spent nine days there having a wonderful time. Sounds heavenly.

That's all for now. As of this writing, the 49ers have just beaten the Carolina Panthers and will be facing the dreaded Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, so here's a big shout out - GO NINERS!!! If you have anything for Village Chat, don't be a procrastinator. Send your news and photos to, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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