Chocolate on the go
Anne Abrams from Jack London State Historical Park wrote recently to share what fun the 340 running folks had at the park’s recent Chocolate Run. Runners as young as 5 years old competed in the 5K event - where all were winners.
The fresh autumn air that swept in on the heels of Saturday’s surprise storm made for a sweet run day Sunday. Runners stopped enroute to enjoy chocolate on the go, and were awarded with chocolate medals, no doubt fashioned by Betty Kelly from Wine Country Chocolates, at the finish.
Slow autumn stroll
Another event coming up this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 5, at Jack London Park features one of my favorite Bouverie docents. That would be naturalist John Lynch, who is quite the expert on just about any subject you’d care to broach. John knows oak apples, woodpeckers, trees and fungi. With Halloween in mind, John will search out witches’ broom and discover spiders’ towering turrets, while educating you about our local bats.
When he’s not waxing poetic on the flora and fauna of that mountain paradise that he loves almost as much as Jack himself did, John can spin tales about the sailor on horseback that rival the writer’s own stories. Absolutely, John is one of the most entertaining educators I’ve hiked with. He remembers all the necessary facts but pleasurably twists them into tales you’ll long remember. This is a hike appropriate for walkers of all ages. He bills it as a slow autumn stroll. Join John Lynch and fellow hikers by signing up at the Jack London State Park’s website. Don’t hesitate; do it now. Recent events have been cancelled when folks failed to sign up in advance. You won’t want to miss John’s hike.
Creekside art safe and sound
For some time now, we’ve been watching the progress on Douglas Fenn Wilson’s monumental home snuggled up next to our main Glen Ellen Market. Although quick by the side of the creek as well, this mansion isn’t threatened by any possible high water. It’s a glorious piece of art all on its own, appearing well able to withstand high water, raging winds and time itself.
We suspect that its intended function is not always and only to be Doug’s cozy home, though that’s not such a bad start. Eventually, it will become a museum to hold all of his timeless art.
A few lucky folks, guests of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, toured the house last week, admiring Doug’s artful home and architectural art.
In this funky little village of Glen Ellen, best known for its genteel dilapidation, Wilson’s home raises the bar.
Music, jollity and color
With October’s arrival, we now enter the golden month of Glen Ellen’s annual Village Fair, featuring the shortest, yet most fantastical parade. Our favorite parade marching group is always and ever Tasha Drengson Jacobsen’s eclectic entry: creative, unusual, colorful and festive. She’s probably our only parade participant that lives up to the marching descriptions included in Pattiann Rogers’ poem, “The Greatest Grandeur.” Rogers offers “processions of men bearing burning / cedar knots or with parades of blue horses, / belled and ribboned and stepping sideways, / with tumbling white-faced mimes or companies / of black-robed choristers,” which may well seem a bit extravagant for our small village. But Tasha delivers.