Another Glen Ellen Village Fair is history
Hip-hip hooray for our glorious Glen Ellen Village Fair.
Hip-hip hooray for our glorious Glen Ellen Village Fair.
The fallout from taking my wife to see “Gone Girl” wasn’t that she would be inspired to destroy me by writing a fictional redux of our marriage (I’m doing fine with that myself), or that I had to to rid our home of boxcutters lest I find myself wearing a so-called Columbian necktie. No, the fallout came in the form of a heated mid-movie discussion about milk.
According to mirror.co.uk, 25-year-old wine specialist Nerea Pérez fell into a wine vat after being overcome by fumes and lost her balance while watching the fermentation process. A leading Socialist political figure in her hometown of Ponferrada, El Bierzo, Spain, Pérez apparently drowned and paramedics could not revive her. They also treated her shocked and saddened family members.
The Depot Park Museum launches an exhibit tonight called “Before the Vine” featuring Sonoma Valley Agriculture and Food History at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s Depot Park Museum. Many of our longtime food-growing and producing families have loaned their finest, as have I.
We know where we’ll be this weekend: at home in our town. Yes, dear readers, this Sunday, Oct. 12, is our 24th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair, replete with beloved parade, excellent food, fine wine, clever crafts, music and more.
Happy Harvest Sonoma! Yes, the leaves are changing color, the vineyards are lit up at night for harvest and the Plaza was brimming with grape lovers all last weekend. The Vintage Festival is a wonderful celebration unique to our little burg. I hope we keep it going forever.
Wow! Chuck Williams is back home in Sonoma where he started it all.
Our Glen Ellen Village Fair is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, with the gala parade beginning at noon. The board members of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Association have chosen a most appropriate grand marshal to lead the parade this year. Any guesses for the identity of the prominent Glen Ellen citizen, who hailed originally from San Francisco, where she raised four children and countless flowers? Who once ran a garden remodeling business there?
Today marks the 30th anniversary of my purchase of Van Halen’s final album with David Lee Roth, “1984.” On cassette.
Williams-Sonoma has a string of events scheduled for their “re-opening” on Broadway next weekend. Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze, of the girl & the fig, will cater some private doings and pizza and prosecco for company folks and local office holders, on Thursday, Oct. 2, followed by media tours and a ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 3, and a Valley-wide free thank-you breakfast Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the two “front” quadrants of Sonoma Plaza facing Napa Street.
Happy autumn Sonoma! Although there is less light at the end of the day, this is a beautiful time of year in the wine country. Perfect for walking through the vineyards with your dog. I always try to guess which type of wine it is by the color of the leaf, but I don’t think that always plays out.
Yes, we are back from our fabulous trip to France in quest of flea markets and farmers markets, all organized by Chateau Sonoma’s Sarah Anderson. I couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to add old French kitchen utensils, food signs, and cracker tins to my Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection, visit gorgeous local farmers markets and learn to cook a few dishes from a marvelous chef in a chateau.
September is already on the wane and you know what that means. Yes, the annual day of frolic and fun in our town, the Glen Ellen Village Fair, arrives soon. Oct. 12, at high noon, is when the gala parade begins its slow roll down Carquinez, onto Arnold, bursting forth into an afternoon of food, friends and more fun. Latest news about that in a coming column.
Happy September Sonoma! It just seems a bit quieter in town now that the kids are back in school, doesn’t it? Since my last writing on Aug. 15, so much has happened, I don’t know where to begin.
Obviously (to me anyway), I had a minor brain lapse recently when I said that Harry and Dorothie Marsden had owned Auberge du Soleil. They owned Au Relais, an extremely popular Sonoma restaurant of its time.
A grand Glen Ellen welcome to our newest resident, little Tripp William Everidge.
When the county in which one lives annually takes top rankings as a travel destination, it’s hard to wonder why any of us would want to leave. Yet, every summer, flights are booked, trailers are hitched and real life is packed and stowed, a ritual charade of alleged fun and frivolity called “family vacation.”
Late breaking: Peter Spann just announced that he and his wife, winemaker Betsy Spann, will close their tasting room “this Sunday to move to an as yet unknown future location, at an as yet unknown re-opening date.
If you want one more chance to run into Lady Gaga or “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert, skadoodle on over to Sonoma’s Best. Even Rudy Vallee filmed “Sunburst” there way back in 1974.
My grateful thanks go out this week to a trio of Sonoma helpers. I had more than 20 boxes of beautiful books I wanted to donate to this week’s library book sale and no pickup truck to transport them.
Welcome to Conlandia, the mythical land of full-bore fandom that’s one crowdfund campaign away from being slightly less mythical.
“The Hundred Foot Journey” is a must-see film for fans of Helen Mirren, food, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon, Manish Dayal, Indian music, France, Indian food, romance, French food, triumph over tragedy – just about anything,
My Dad and I went to see Tony Bennett at the Green Music Center last Friday night. It was beyond amazing as he put his microphone down for the last song and sang “Fly Me To the Moon” al fresco as it were.
On a recent early morning my friend, blogger Stephanie Sugars, alerted me to the slight chill in the air, a turning toward autumn. She expresses it as the “arc into autumn,” and suggests we “look up at the sky and stand close to a plant.”
The Kellogg Company has announced that, to celebrate Pop-Tarts’ 50th anniversary, it will stage several concerts as part of their “Crazy Good Summer.”