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Glen Ellen Telegram: 11/01/2015

Glen Ellen Telegram

Ann Teller of Oak Hill Farm


On Oct. 16, Dunbar Elementary School held its annual Jog-A-Thon under perfect, cool morning conditions. More than 230 joggers (including some teachers and staff) took to the field for the goal of moving for a continuous 45 minutes. Of course, if needed, they could stop for a water and a break or just walk for a spell. Refreshments were generously donated by Glen Ellen Village Market and Dennis Krempely (husband of the late beloved teacher Kathy Krempely), who also pledged a $1 donation for each jogger. This same donation was matched by principal Melanie Blake. Overall, the students completed 4,000 laps. One student (Alondra) ran 37 laps all on her own! The event collected a little over $4,500. Thank you also to the event’s T-shirt sponsors: Sweet Scoops, The Red Grape, Krave Jerky, Realtor Lani Gullotta, Ron Church Concrete/Construction, and Transcendence Theater Company. Net proceeds from this event are split evenly to support field trips and PTO-sponsored programs (garden, hands-on science, art).

The Fair!

The 25th Annual Glen Ellen Village Fair was a resounding success for our little community and all the “aliens” that descended upon it. On Sunday, Oct. 11, the weather was great, the vendors were diverse, the food was yummy, the kids had fun, the wine/beer were flowing, and what about that music? It was a fantastic line-up this year with Solcats, Nomarocksteady, and T-Luke & the Tight Suits. The raffles were all won by northern Sonoma valley locals: Dunbar principal Melanie Blake won the kids’ quilt; Rick Dunham won the wall hanging; and Brian Fitzgibbon won the full-size solar system quilt. In quirky Glen Ellen fashion (heightened by this year’s Glen Alien theme) the parade was a feast for the eyes and ears. This year a sea of grand marshals (all past grand marshals plus long-time fair volunteers) kicked off the parade both walking and riding in Neil Shepard’s amazing horse-drawn carriage. The fair committee would like to thank day-of volunteers: Christopher Mooneyhan, Adrian Lopez, Jim Marsh, Mark Gallagher, Miles Pimentel, Andre Alcalde, Linda Downey, Man Gonzales, and Life Rather. A full list of the grand marshals, the volunteers, and thank you’s can be found on the Glen Ellen Village Fair’s facebook page. If you would like to be involved for next year, please email It takes a village!

Buzz from Around the Bend

Oak Hill Farm also wants you to know about their fall line-up and availability. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, come see the farm’s offerings of unique fall décor: Heirloom pumpkins, gourds of all kinds, chilies, Indian corn, and natural decorations can brighten up your fall. Plus, fresh, sustainably grown vegetables, fruit, and flowers harvested right from the farm. The Red Barn Store is open Saturdays from 9 to 3 p.m. but on the week of Thanksgiving, will open on Wednesday, Nov. 25, as well. Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 28 (and continuing through Dec. 19) the barn will come alive with winter holiday décor. As they say, “Don’t miss our signature wreaths, centerpieces, garlands – always farm-fresh to brighten your holiday.” 15101 Sonoma Hwy. (turn in at the giant tree root).

Great news once again from Glen Ellen Star! You might recall that chef Ari Weiswasser was recognized earlier in the year as “The People’s Best New Chef” for California by Food & Wine Magazine, and now the restaurant has been given a Bib Gourmand listing by Michelin. Here’s a portion of what Michelin had to say: “The country charm of this quaint cottage belies the level of culinary chops that will impress even a hardened city slicker. With knotty pine tables, well-worn plank floors, and a wood-burning oven, the space is delightful. A perch at the chef’s counter affords a great view of the selections.” Bib Gourmand is given to establishments with “exceptional good food at moderate prices”. Bib is short for Bibendum, the company’s nickname for their “Michelin Man” logo. Glen Ellen Star is grateful to all the locals who have contributed to and celebrated in their success. This Thanksgiving you can pre-order a scrumptious meal (prior to Nov. 19) and pick it up from Glen Ellen Star between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The meal includes autumn chicories salad (Bartlett pears, spicy walnuts, Roquefort dressing), wood-oven roasted Willie Bird turkey, traditional gravy, sage & mushroom stuffing, cranberry compote, Brussels sprouts with brown sugar bacon marmalade, sweet potato puree with vanilla-brown butter, apple cobbler with gingersnap crumble, and vanilla maple bourbon ice cream. And if you do order from them ($45 per person, eight person minimum,, call me, because I’m coming over…

Father of Dunbar alumnus and young performer Luna Michelis, Michel Armand Gabriel Michelis will once again lead the magical Cirque de Bohème at Cornerstone over Thanksgiving weekend and then again on Dec. 19, 20, 26, and 27. Created in Paris during “les Années Folles,” this is an old-style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s filled with the promise of enchantment, thrill and wonder. There are multiple showings each day, but this tends to sell out so please visit for more information, the heartwarming back story, and to order tickets.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email to or call 996-3352.

Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email, or call 996-3352.

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