Village Chat -- December 15, 2020
The tiny wedding trend continues; here's another one. Eric Lee and Kathleen Carr tied the knot on Sept. 12 at a park near their home outside Detroit, Michigan. Their original plan was to have an outdoor summer wedding at a local state park with family and friends, but since that wasn't possible, they held a private ceremony on their neighborhood lake with the photographer and a friend as witnesses. Kathleen made the flower arrangements, and Eric gave her a wedding ring that belonged to his maternal grandmother.
Afterward, the immediate Carr family celebrated (socially distanced) in their back yard, and Eric's family - parents Chris and Christine Lee in Kenwood, and sister Katy Lee and her fiancé Isaac Oseas in Cleveland - joined the reception via Zoom, as did various friends who otherwise would have made the trip to Detroit.
Eric grew up in Kenwood and attended Kenwood School. He went to U.C. Davis for undergrad, and the University of Minnesota for law school, and is now an immigration attorney in the federal courts, where he has been quite successful. If you have ever met Eric, you know what a perfect career this is for him! Kathleen grew up in the Detroit area and works in marketing and sales for community colleges.
A good time was had by all, and Christine, Chris and Katy are thrilled to welcome Kathleen into the family.
There's a new library in Kenwood, just in time for Kenwood Elementary School's Read-a-thon. It's a “Little Free Library” and was installed at the home of Lucy Kimball on Misbro Way. Lucy is a second grader at the school, and the library was built by her grandparents, Bob Briner and Kari Vigelund as an early Christmas gift. The concept is “Take a Book ~ Share a Book.” There are over 100,000 book sharing boxes all around the world. Lucy's parents are Maresa and Braden Kimball, and the Kimballs encourage you to “Come on by and grab a book to enjoy!” And leave one, too, if you can.
Last month John and Marjorie MacLeod said their final farewell to Indian Springs Ranch. John's parents, George and Greta MacLeod, bought the ranch in the 1970s, planted grapes, and over the years carefully tended them to produce much-sought-after sauvignon blanc, zinfandel and merlot grapes, eventually producing wine under their own label, MacLeod Family Vineyard. John and Marjorie built a beautiful home on the ranch, next to George and Greta's, where they raised their children, Evan and Helen. They lost their home in the 2017 fires, George and Greta passed away, in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and John and Marjorie decided to move to the Pacific Northwest, to Gig Harbor, Washington.
They spent their last day at the ranch with friends and family, and, appropriately, planting amaryllis belladonna, the MacLeod Family Vineyard logo and symbol of optimism, around the foundation where their house was. George, who wrote the Journey to Harvest column in this paper for years, often waxed poetic about the hardy and optimistic pioneers who planted the bulbs to brighten up the farmstead. Wherever you see these beautiful pink flowers, also known as Naked Ladies, you know someone planted them specifically to add beauty to the landscape.
Did you buy a tree from the Kenwood Education Foundation (KEF) last month? We picked ours up last Saturday at Kenwood School. Parents and kids helped load the trees, masked and distanced, of course, and Santa was there, too, looking suspiciously like Principal/Superintendent Bob Bales. KEF president Candace Gilliland reports that they raised $7,000 in this, their first-ever Christmas tree sale. She said, “Our school spirit had a bit of a boost this weekend, too, during pick up and delivery. We saw a lot of happy faces.”
Marchelle Carleton is the new president of the Board of Directors of Pets Lifeline, and that is one lucky organization to have Marchelle at the helm. Marchelle has been on the Pets Lifeline board since 2015. She has also been on the Boys & Girls Club board, and is a founding member of the Cha Chas (Valley of the Moon Children's Home Auxiliary). Marchelle said, “I am passionate about animals. My cats and dogs are and always have been so important to me. I appreciate the work of Pets Lifeline and am honored to be leading the charge as we take our organization to the next level.”
Speaking of lifelines, Kenwood's Pat Kerrigan has resigned from the Morning Show on KSRO Radio, and we wish her well. Pat was indeed a lifeline during the 2017 fires and this year's Glass Fire, staying on air for days, providing up-to-date news and information from fire, police and sheriff's department personnel when we were all so anxious for real-time information. Thank you, Pat, for all you have done for Kenwood and Sonoma County.
And that, my dear readers, is my last ever Village Chat column. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending me your news and photos over the last 26 years. It has been a joy and an honor to record all your doings. I'm turning this fun job over to Robin Stoecker, ably assisted by Bridget Paul and Regina Roland. Chat them up! You can send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 833-5155.
Happy Holidays, and I'll see you around town! - AQP