Welcoming talented Glen Ellen-grown artists
Homegrown local Glen Ellen cellist Christopher Votek just completed a summer tour in Europe with famous singer, songwriter and musician Julia Holter. They are scheduled for a San Francisco performance Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco featuring Julia’s newest release “Loud City Song.” This is a great opportunity to leave the village and support one of our own in the city. See you there.
Ada Limon is back in town. No longer just a kid from Dunbar or the young lady working at the bookstore, Ada is a renowned poet. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker and Harvard Review. She has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the Chicago Literary Award for poetry. Ada will be offering readings both at Jack London State Historic Park and at Readers’ Books in Sonoma in the coming week. Check out the website of both of these places and grab this opportunity to welcome Ada and to hear her award-winning poetry.
New docents at GE nature preserves
The two nature preserves that grace the eastside of our Valley within the realm of our village are also tops in the news today. Both preserves are just off Highway 12, snuggled in close to the Mayacamas. First up is Quarryhill Botanical Gardens.
August ended with the gala graduation celebration of 17 new youth education volunteers at Quarryhill. Nursery Manager and Education Coordinator Corey Barnes led the classes to train these volunteers, who will now lead fourth- and fifth-grade students on tours of the Asian gardens. The volunteers were instructed in methods to engage the children including the experience of becoming plant collectors in the wild – gathering seeds, leaves, fruits and flowers for examination, much like the real life expeditions that Quarryhill director Bill McNamara has taken for several decades.
Seasoned Quarryhill docent Ann Peden, who has been volunteering in that garden for as many years as she’s lived in our village, shared that the new docents participated in a garden tour “learning about adaptation, then had a lovely luncheon in the garden.” Glen Ellen folks graduating from the Quarryhill program included Diane Kenworthy and Brian Burns.
Globe-trotting GE trout
Glen Ellen’s Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, Quarryhill’s near neighbor, just south on Highway 12, began its docent training program as September arrived. The gathered trainees and their mentors (all seasoned docents) were treated to a memorable history of the Bouverie Preserve, including some facts that were even news to me.
Docent training co-chair Richard Wasson included the usual interesting tidbits about David Bouverie’s wife, Ava Alice Astor, and about David’s friend Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher.
He regaled us with the well-known tales about the sacred caves behind the waterfall and David’s instructions from the native peoples. But there was one little story that I didn’t know. Or if I did ever know it, I’d long since forgotten it.
Richard shared, “In the 1880s, there was a fish hatchery on the Glen Ellen creek. In 1883, a large number of trout were shipped to New Zealand, thus making – to this day – Sonoma County the origin of New Zealand’s rich and popular trout fishing enterprise.”