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Glen Ellen Telegram: 11/01/2016

Community efforts

Sitarist Sita Maiya Rajchal (center) jams with (left to right) Alex LemMon on guitar, Dean LemMon on drums, and Ethan Routhier on bass on the “Second Stage” during the Glen Ellen Village Fair.

We've now had our first big rain. A fuzzy gasp of green has sprouted, soon to be engulfed by the browns and greys of winter. The grapes are in. The village fair is done. And, the high school girls have switched from flip flops to “real” shoes… late fall and winter are nigh in our valley.

This paper did a great recap of last month's 26th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair in its Oct. 15th issue, but the fair president subsequently put together a statement that I'd like to include here. Leslie Vaughn writes;

“Thank you to all who participated in this year's fair, including volunteers, musicians, vendors, and attendees. It truly takes a village to keep this small-town tradition alive. Everyone involved in orchestrating the fair is a volunteer. Some volunteers are regulars who show up on the day of our event to help out with traffic control or are used wherever they are needed. Other volunteers meet monthly starting in the springtime, as a Committee to organize the event. The volunteers known as our Board of Directors work together to oversee the entire project, some working throughout the year. Even the 'Live Local Bands' are musicians who volunteer their time and talent to add to our enjoyment for the fair.

“We all work hard to provide a fun theme, tied into what has been billed, unofficially, as the World's Shortest Parade and as many vendors as we can safely accommodate. Each year we hold a raffle and the proceeds are donated back to the community into organizations that the Board decides on. As we are a non-profit organization, we look toward donating back in excess of what we have collected in raffle ticket sales when our budget provides. As a result of last year's 25th annual fair, we were able put $3,000 back into our local community.

“Music has always been a highlight of our fair with great local bands taking the main stage in front of the post office. This year we had an amazing addition that has been widely touted as the missing link! With the support of John LemMon, local attorney and president of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, our 'Second Stage' was built at the foot of Carquinez Avenue in front of the Glen Ellen Inn for us to have the ability to showcase youth and teen talent. And without the donation of electricity from the Glen Ellen Inn this would not have been possible! This new entertainment feature was an incredible success and we look forward to having it every year.

“It does take a Village of volunteers to bring together a uniquely old-fashioned hometown street fair. And we would love to see more participation in the future. If you would like to be involved in Glen Ellen Village Fair 2017, please contact us at”

On the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 21, close to 35 townsfolk and representatives came together at Mayflower Hall to have the first of what will be an ongoing series of town hall meetings, as the community discusses a variety of issues including a vision statement, building a community alliance, governance possibilities, wildlife corridor designations, traffic/speeding, and vacation rental/zoning ordinances. The meeting was hosted by the Glen Ellen Historical Society and spearheaded by long time residents/community volunteers, most prominently Jim Shere and Leslie Vaughn, in addition to active participation by our county supervisor, Susan Gorin. District Director Pat Gilardi was also in attendance. Jim gave a great brief history of Glen Ellen that included outlining two previous similar “organizational” events back in 1998-1990 and in 2002. The 1990 “Glen Ellen Development and Design Guidelines” text can be found at and the 2002 Glen Ellen Town Forum report can be requested from Jim at Minutes from this initial meeting are available and can be requested from Leslie at or 494-6197. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. at Dunbar Elementary School.

The buzz from around the bend

Dunbar alumnus and Glen Ellen native Shelby Decker was crowned as Sonoma Valley High School's Homecoming Queen on Saturday, Oct. 22. Her mom Jennifer shares this: “between homework, basketball, tutoring, and having fun with friends, Shelby is working on college applications. While not yet sure where she'd like to attend, she is interested in universities in Southern California and New York.” By the way, Shelby is a stellar student (GPA > 4.6) and should just about have her pick of choices. Way to go girl, the village is excited to watch you bloom!

Jack London State Historic Park and the Sonoma Community Center will present a three-day film festival experience early this month. Movie tickets include appetizers and two glasses of wine, with additional options such as themed dinners, receptions and celebrity speakers. The movies are Call of the Wild (Nov. 3), Sea Wolf (Nov. 4), and White Fang (Nov 5). Details and ticket information can be found at

November's Thirsty Thursdays at the Fig Café and Wine Bar are now scheduled. Expect Joanna Wells of Model Farm (Nov. 3), Jillian Johnson of Onesta Wines (Nov.10), and Toby Germano of Wellington (Nov. 17).

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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