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Glen Ellen Telegram: 07/01/2016

Summer vacations and fall festivities

Glen Ellen Fire Department's dinner dance and auction on Saturday June 25, was, as usual, solid small town fun. To those people who attended and generously participated in the auction/donating, your support is greatly appreciated. Missed it this year? Mark your calendar NOW for the last Saturday in June 2017!

Another “never-forget” date for our little village? The second Saturday of October, which is always the date for the Glen Ellen Village Fair, this year Oct. 9, noon to 5 p.m. It's tough to top last year's 25th annual with its Glen Alien theme, but the committee of volunteers is pushing forward with a Valley of the Moon theme in honor of Jack London's Centennial Celebration (he passed in 1916). With such a theme, who else could be Grand Marshal of the fair parade but Neil Shepard, great grandson of Jack London himself! If you'd like to be in the parade as well, contact Dawn Kemps at Vendor slots are already filling. To receive an application, please contact Janie Soto or Leslie Vaughn at or call 935-9163. Lastly, the fair group is announcing that there will NOT be a quilt this year to support the fair (Glen Ellen quilters made a beautiful Jack London-inspired piece that is being raffled off in support of the park at the centennial celebration.) In lieu, there will be several raffle item choices for fun activities or services within the county - the full list is not available yet. As always, the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to local organizations (Glen Ellen Fire Department, Dunbar Elementary School, etc.) Raffle tickets and items will debut in front of the Glen Ellen Village Market on Tuesday, July 12.

It is definitively summer in the village. The cool mornings and very hot afternoons bring the requisite “traffic” of tourists, snakes and fawns. This weekend, Transcendence Theatre Company will wrap up their first of the summer Broadway Under the Stars shows. The next up is their Fantastical Family Night performances on July 15 and 16. As always, that show involves performances by Kids Camp campers, including many locals, together on stage with the professionals. Summer is also a time for family vacations, images and stories, many of which are now often seen in “real time” via social media. For example, I just lived vicariously through a nearly 20-day RV trip taken by Nils and Stacy Derickson, together with their two daughters Shelby and Lucy. They made it as far east as Wyoming, enjoying Montana, Idaho, and more. In fact their “we're finally home” post reported: “4,280 miles, 2,000(ish) pictures, 19 days, 9 states, 4 National Parks, and a lot of amazing memories.... But there is no place like home!” Indeed, especially when your home is the Valley of the Moon!

(L to R): Russ Bair, Ed Davis and their wives Peggy and Jan enjoy their last dinner on their trip from Budapest to Amsterdam.
I recently sat down with Glen Ellen resident and former Dunbar Elementary teacher Jan Davis to chat about a trip that I had also spied on Facebook. Jan and husband Ed Davis, together with long-time friends and travel buddies Peggy and Russ Bair of Sonoma traveled on a Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. This tour touches on four countries and flows down three rivers (Rhine, Main, and Danube) over the 15-day cruise. Jan's personal favorite was visiting Nuremberg and taking a WWII history tour there. As a retired teacher and long-time advocate/consultant for education, she was impressed to learn that lessons on the dark side of Germany's history surrounding the holocaust and Hilter are not shied away from in the schools. Instead, they are embraced as history to learn from and own and to never forget. This education is prevalent for school-age children as well as mandatory during military training, and involves multiple styles of lessons woven throughout the curricula. The two couples loved the food on the ship as well as the city tours, such as the side trip to Salzberg, of Sound of Music fame (sigh). I also spied with jealousy a photo post from Bavaria of a lunch complete with giant pretzels on the table! Yum!

With this European trip, Jan and Ed's busy summer was only beginning. On June 11, Andrew Foster of Glen Ellen, was married and all of the friends of the Fosters' (including the Davises) pitched in to help with the festivities. In September they will embark on a National Parks tour to Zion, Canyonlands, Bryce, etc… Jan and Ed have two children (Noah and Emily) who both live in Portland and thus, they travel to Oregon regularly. Emily (Hensley), a high school teacher, is due to have a baby girl in October. Fun fact: Emily, who teaches English, credits Ms. Alison Manchester at Sonoma Valley High School with her love of and skill at writing. That support, she has said, led her into college, developed into success at college, and then turned her around to wanting to give back to younger students. Way to go, Sonoma Valley Unified! Both of the Davis' children attended Dunbar Elementary, Altimira Middle School, and SVHS. More on this family and others in the Glen Ellen “soup group” in upcoming articles.

The buzz from around the bend…

The Fig Café is continuing their Thirsty Thursdays offering each week starting at 5:30 p.m. Here are the winemakers who will be pouring throughout July: Jordan Kivelstadt (Kivelstadt Cellars) on July 14; Chris Leonard (Muddy Arch Wines) on July 21; Lynn Bastianon (Bastianon Family Wines) on July 28.

Glenellenite Tracy Salcedo will be at Reader's Books in Sonoma for a presentation and book signing on July 14 for her Historic Yosemite National Park published this year by Lyons Press.

Dunbar Elementary School is continuing their infrastructure fundraising for the teaching garden. With generous donations they were able to complete the much-anticipated chicken coop and have now begun to clear and level an area intended for the new greenhouse. The final major item is an outdoor “classroom” area with table and removable umbrellas. If anyone in the community or beyond would like to be involved in the project through the donation of money, time, or supplies, please contact garden instructor Alissa Pearce at 415-845-5611 or There is a Go Fund Me account set up for this project, which can be accessed at

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

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

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