The Kenwood Press
: 10/01/2019

Glen Ellen Telegram for October 1, 2019

Shannon Lee

As I'm writing this I'm bracing for the second “end-of-September-over-100-degrees” day in a row, the prospect of another valley traffic maze, and the recognition that today I turn 50. What a day…

I would've hoped to have something pithy and wise to say about my half century mark and the days ahead, but mostly I'm equal parts tired and grateful. I know that's not inspiring, but it's very honest. I'm also looking forward, not just to the next 50 years, but to tomorrow and the next day and any day that my feet can hit the ground and I can keep moving. I'm also looking forward to one of the best yearly days in our village - the fair!

Always on the second Sunday of October, this year's Glen Ellen Village Fair is Oct. 13, noon to 5 p.m. The volunteers of the Fair Association want to remind you that Arnold Drive will be closed between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Please use Madrone Road/Highway 12 as an alternate route. The fair will include more than 80 vendors (mostly local and including food), the best little parade you've ever seen (starts right at noon, so don't miss it), and awesome music on two stages. The Main Stage will have Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band, Frankie Bourne and the Wildcards, and The Illegitimate AC/DC. The theme this year is “Small Town, Big Heart” and the Grand Marshal is Jim Shere. The quilt will be raffled off at the end of the day and all proceeds go to local nonprofits such as the Glen Ellen and Maycamas fire departments, Dunbar School's PTO, the Glen Ellen Historical Society, and more. See you there! Come introduce yourself to me, I'll mostly be at the raffle/T-shirt booth. Want to volunteer? The last planning meeting for this year is on Monday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Valley of the Moon Winery was alive with the sounds of sarcasm and so-bad-they-were-great jokes presented by Tommy and Dick Smothers as the Jack London Yacht Club gave out their grant recipient awards. Funds raised from the first annual Jack to Jack boat race were given to: Glen Ellen Forum, Glen Ellen Historical Society, Jack London Park Partners, Kenwood Fire Department, KSVY 91.3 Radio in Sonoma, Marine Conservation Institute, Pets Lifeline, Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Teen Services Sonoma, Transcendence Theatre Company, and the Glen Ellen Fire Department.

On Sept. 17, the County Board of Supervisors approved a Municipal Advisory Council for our end of Sonoma Valley. The official name will be the North Valley Municipal Advisory Council and includes the areas of Eldridge, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood. The county has just put out a call for nominees to the board. Information (and the electronic application form) can be found at, or you can call 565-2241. Applications are due no later than Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

The application window for the Planning Advisory Team (PAT) to the Sonoma Developmental Center transition ends Oct. 4. This advisory team will be active for three years and requires a relatively large number of invested participants. Information can be found at or at in the “NewsFlash” section.

The Buzz from Around the Bend

At the beginning of the year, the remodel of the Garden Court/McCormick's Mercantile building will be in full swing and those businesses will be closed for several months, so get your fill and support them now! Sheryee from McCormick's Mercantile wants you to know that she is now offering framing supplies and services. How convenient to have this in our little town.

Last month Dunbar School Prinicipal Jillian Beall and local attorney Helen Sedwick were the guest presenters at the Glen Ellen Forum meeting. Beall spoke about the happenings at the beginning of the school year and the exciting programs and changes on tap, including the AVID career and college ready focus, as well as a continued support (and expansion) of art integration. Sedwick spoke on her own experiences as a survivor and a professional navigating the PG&E lawsuit process in the wake of the firestorm of 2017. The deadline is approaching to file a claim. If you'd like to be in touch with her, please email She is not soliciting clientele, only helping to provide information. The next Glen Ellen Forum general town hall meeting will be Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Dunbar. The Forum sponsored a free community day and family lunch at Morton's Warm Springs on Sunday, Sept. 29.

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