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Village Chat: 05/15/2018

Village Chat for May 15, 2018

tyler lee
Tyler Lee

Tyler Lee-Wynant will graduate with distinction from U.C. Davis on June 16, according to proud mother Kristi Lee and Tyler's grandparents, Jim and Sammie Lee, all of Kenwood. They all went to Davis on May 14 to watch him accept the award for “Outstanding Chinese Major” student of the year. Congratulations, Tyler!

Julia and an elephant
Julia Willmers and friend in Thailand.
In March, Julia Willmers received a B.A. in Economics with a specialty in International Policy from U.C. Davis, a quarter earlier than her parents, Kate and Raymond Willmers, expected. Shortly thereafter she took off for a post-graduation journey to Australia to dive the Great Barrier Reef, tour the island of Bali, and stay in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Julia even connected with Cassie Amantite in Chaing Mai where Cassie has been staying for a few months. Congrats, Julia!
barclay the dog
We all think our dogs are special, but how many have a book written about them? Barclay is a 14-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, whose whereabouts during the October fires are the basis of a new children's book, Barclay's Big Adventure. Written by Kay Millard Hosmer, a member of the Hampton family in Glen Ellen, the book is a somewhat fictionalized account of Barclay's experiences, and includes photos taken by Charles and Diana Hampton's 15-year-old daughter Caroline.

Barclay, who is deaf, was being taken care of by a neighbor while his owners were in Yosemite. The night of the fire, he managed to get away from the neighbor, but was found by another neighbor who then gave Barclay to a third neighbor for caretaking. That neighbor then dropped Barclay off with a fourth person, and it was about four or five days before the Hamptons knew that Barclay was OK.

“When I heard Barclay's story, it appeared to me that this was a beautiful story for children,” said Hosmer. She dedicated the book, in part to, “all the family pets who were not as lucky as Barclay, and lost their lives in the fire.” The book costs $10, with all proceeds going to Sonoma County Fire Relief, a nonprofit organization. Barclay's Big Adventure is currently available at the Kenwood Press, the Glen Ellen Village Market and on

Check out beautiful sounds of the Maria Carrillo High School Choral Department, under the direction of the amazingly talented Gail Bowers. The Spring choral concert, featuring Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Jazz Choir, Songbirds, Chamber Singers, and Handbells, will be May 17 and 18, 7 p.m. at the school's theater. Tickets are $10 at the door, and you will definitely get your money's worth!

“An Evening with The Crowd” on April 21 at Jack London State Park was a huge success, and a lot of fun by all accounts. Set in the House of Happy Walls, the party recreated the kind of soirées that Jack and Charmian London threw back in the day. Many guests came in period costumes from the 1920s-30s, and were entertained by performers from Transcendence Theatre Company. And the best part is that is brought in close to $20,000 for the park!
Catherine Jefferson and David Hoffman at the Rotary Club of Kahului on Maui.
Catherine Jefferson and David Hoffman at the Rotary Club of Kahului on Maui.
Catherine Jefferson has been on vacation in Maui, and like any good Rotarian, she went to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului, met all the people, and exchanged club flags. It turns out that the president of the club, David Hoffman, is good friends with Don and Gail Johnson, fellow Rotarians from Oakmont who used to be in Catherine's club, the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood. In fact, Gail was the club's first president back in 2012-13. Small world.

Remember to send us your graduation news. We will print all the high school news in our June 15 issue, and the rest (college, post-grad, etc.) as it comes in. Let us know what you've accomplished, and what your plans are!

Summer is coming, and we are once again having our annual summer photo contest, “Pictures with the Press,” so start planning now. The main rule (the only rule, really) is that the Kenwood Press has to be somewhere in the picture. We used to say no doctored or Photo-shopped pictures, but not any more. We want to see just how creative you can be!

In the meantime, send your news and photos for Village Chat (with or without the Press) to, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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