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Glen Ellen Telegram: 07/01/2019

Into the heat of summer

I’m writing this column about two weeks in advance because I’m about to leave for Ireland and will be back after the deadline (but just in time for the GEFD Dinner Dance & Auction), so cut me some slack if something gigantic comes up between June 16 and press time and, thus, it’s missing from my column.

Yes, I’m super-excited to go to Ireland. I’ve never been and I’m looking forward to temperatures in the low sixties and rain to cool myself before returning to our scorching heat of July and August. Growing up in coastal San Diego County meant that a “hot day” was when we hit 85, not 105 (as we did just a few days ago). I’m a melter and my mostly Swedish/Irish skin has two colors, white and red, so I’m not much of a sun lover. I wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day, even in the winter. Spending almost two weeks in Ireland will give me the strength to make it through the rest of the summer.

So here we are at July and we live in the perfect place for 4th of July offerings. Maybe you choose to attend the Kenwood parade and then head to Sonoma for fireworks. Maybe you do the Sonoma parade and then enjoy the crazy street-party atmosphere in the plaza for most of the day. Our strategy is to watch the parade in Sonoma and then skedaddle out of there to enjoy most of the day relaxing at home before returning to Sonoma for the fireworks. We pick up pizza, drinks, and desserts on the way, stake our claim on the grass, have our “dinner” and wait for the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen. It takes my breath away every time. This year, my cousin, her wife, and two kids will be joining us. They’ve come up from L.A. for this before, enjoying the small-town feel that our valley has managed to retain on this important national holiday. Whatever you do, I hope you truly have a great day in celebration of our country’s independence.

The buzz from around the bend

It seems that we have fresh white winery signage about town. These have such a classic “wine country” feel to them and are a whimsical joy to locals and visitors alike. It was refreshing to watch the crew replacing the old pieces. I heard rumors that the old ones were vandalized, but to me they just looked a little tired.

The next Glen Ellen Forum general town hall meeting will be Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the previous restaurant space in the Jack London Lodge (note the location change). This month’s meeting will include presentations on two redevelopment projects that are being proposed along Arnold Drive. One is the space across from fig café on Arnold Drive all the way to the corner of Carquinez Avenue, and the other is across Carquinez Avenue (in the building housing McCormick’s Mercantile and The Garden Court Café). The Sonoma Valley Citizens’ Advisory Council requested that both of these developers address/communicate with the community through the Forum. Please plan to attend.

The Forum also wants to recognize the generosity of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, who recently provided funding to cover the remaining applicants for sheds who did not get selected in the lotteries. Two anonymous donations also came in: one in honor of Anne Teller, and one to support the on-going beautification work (Projects Committee) in and around the post office parking lot. Look for a kiosk going up soon.

The Forum’s business committee has put together a wonderful walking/shopping/sightseeing map of Glen Ellen and is distributing it to local businesses and vacation rental owners. If you want to provide feedback, are interested in having a stack delivered, and/or would like to donate to the next print run, please contact Laura Shermeister at Information about the Forum in general, can be found at Other forms of communication include email ( or the groups’ Facebook page (Glen Ellen Forum).

The next monthly planning meeting for Glen Ellen Village Fair 2019 is scheduled for Monday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant area of the Jack London Lodge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Applications for booth space have been mailed out to locals, and other applications will go out soon. It is typical for the booth reservations to fill up very quickly. The fair committee wants to remind you that even if you’ve been renting a booth for years, you still have to fill out and return the application to hold your space. Parade applications will go out later in the summer. Remember, the theme is “Small Town, Big Heart” and the 2019 fair date is Sunday, Oct. 13. If you have questions about the fair, would like to be involved, or need applications, email

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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