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Tales from Glen Ellen: 09/01/2012

Of fairs and fairies in the fall

The naked ladies in the garden have bloomed and faded, the kids have started back to school, the leaves on the poison oak are reddening upÖwhich means fall is on its way and itís almost time for the Glen Ellen Village Fair.

This yearís fair is set for Sunday, Oct. 14. Organizers are beginning to dig into the nitty-gritty of the annual event, now in its 22nd year. And as always, they need as much help as they can get. It takes a village, after all.

A quartet of officers heads up this iteration of the fair: Leslie Vaughn, Lisa Hardy, Vicki Nightingale, and Eileen Berger. They are backed by a small army of dedicated volunteers, some returning for repeat performances. Hereís the dirt:

Booths are being organized by Janie Soto; sign up by writing her at Both vendors and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply, but you should get your application in quickly as spots go fast.

Trina and Norm Oliver are in charge of the best little parade in the county: you can reach Trina at and Norm at No forms were sent out by mail for parade entries, so youíll have to contact Trina or Norm via email to ensure your spot.

Lisa and Michael Hardy are in charge of the quilt, which youíve already likely seen at the market or at the firefighterís pancake breakfast on Motherís Day. This is the major fundraiser for the fair, and raffle tickets will be sold up to and during the event itself. To find out more about how to buy your tickets, email

Bob Bonino and Rick Dunham will be heading up logistics. Shannon Lee and Leslie Vaughn are putting together Kidsí Alley, with its array of carnival games, a jumpy-house, popcorn, a lollipop tree, and a goody bag for each visitor. Punch cards ($3 each or two for $5) allow kids access to all the games plus two spins down the cake walk. Kidsí Alley is arguably the most labor-intensive part of the fair, with volunteers needed to staff the different games as well as put together goody bags. To help with this long-standing tradition, contact Shannon at or call 996-3352.

For updates, to volunteer your time, or to donate money to the fair effort, contact Leslie Vaughn at or Lisa Hardy at

And now for some news about Glen Ellen students: Paul Lasseter of Glen Ellen made the deanís list at Eckerd College for the spring 2012 semester, earning a grade point average in excess of 3.75. Lasseter is studying international business at the private liberal arts and sciences college, which is located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Alexzandra Owner of Glen Ellen has graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. She earned a bachelorís degree in music, and was in good company during commencement ceremonies, with Don Henley of the Eagles, Alison Krause, and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, who gave the commencement address.

A couple of Dunbar Elementary School alumni and Glen Ellen residents were part of the cast of the Avalon Playersí latest production, A Midsummerís Night Dream, directed by Kate Kennedy. They included Sophia Falls, daughter of Kymm Falls and Terry Falls, and Kyrie Dawson, daughter of Jill and Arthur Dawson. Both were cast as fairies in the mythical Shakespeare comedy. Performances, staged at Buena Vista Winery, wrapped up in August, but itís a good bet that the girls, along with other Dunbar alumni, will be appearing in future Avalon Playersí productions. Kate has been the inspirational director and driving force behind Dunbarís annual melodrama about 10 years now, and creates a following wherever she goes.

Please let me know if you have tales of Glen Ellen to share by writing me at If I donít hear from you before, I will see you at the fair!