4th of July – be there
Up here in the rural part of northern Sonoma Valley, we still have a number of events that make us feel we are indeed a community – occasions to see old friends and catch up on each others’ families – reminders that, no, you aren’t the only one who hasn’t put your home on airbnb or a vacation rental website.
Events that fit this description include the Glen Ellen Village Fair, Kenwood Fire Department’s annual crab feed, Lights, Camera Auction, Mayacamas VFD’s Starlight Dinner & Auction. (There are more, but, hey, we’re on deadline.)
Which brings me to wonderful day in Kenwood, the 4th of July.
No, we don’t have the World Champion Pillow Fights any more, but there are plenty of other fun things on the menu for that day.
Hungry? The Kenwood Community Church starts serving breakfast at 7 a.m. Bring your checkbook for the silent auction and take home some extra goodies.
Need to exercise? The gun goes off at 7:30 a.m. for the 3K and 10K races, brought to you by the Empire Runners Club. There’s a $750 prize if you break the course record. If you don’t, take solace in the fact that the first 1,250 finishers receive commemorative Kenwood Footrace glassware.
Hankering for a parade? Line up along Warm Springs Road and watch a traditional hometown parade go by. It starts at 10:30 a.m., and make sure you get there on time because, well, it’s short. It could be the shortest parade in the world, but we may have to arm wrestle the Glen Ellen Village Fair parade for that distinction.
If you want to be in the parade, you can stop by the Kenwood Press office for an entry form, or download one from the parade website, www.kenwoodparade.com.
Afterward, head across the Plaza Park bridge for the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood’s second annual July 4th Shindig. There will be BBQ by Palooza, drinks on tap, great music with Urban Oasis, lots of games for the kids, and more. The party goes until 3 p.m.
After that? You’re on your own. Maybe head down to Sonoma for fireworks, or take a nap. I vote for nap. – Alec