As the historic oak tree known as “Jack’s oak” nears the end of its life cycle, Glen Ellen neighboring organizations Jack London State Historic Park and Quarryhill Botanical Garden will celebrate and honor the life of this tree on Sunday, Oct. 6.
At a public celebration honoring the tree, children from Hanna Boys Center and the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance will gather acorns and ceremoniously take them from Jack London State Historic Park to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted.
Next spring, the seedlings from these acorns will be presented during the annual Arbor Day celebration in Sonoma Plaza.
The tree, a bridge that links the present to the past, and the acorns that symbolize the future, will be the focus of the celebration with local artists paying tribute. Poets will honor Jack London’s legacy and his beloved oak, from which he drew so much inspiration and under whose limbs he sat to write many of his masterpieces, which have endured to this day.
Dancers will celebrate the life of the tree followed by a blessing from an elder of the Coast Miwok Tribe. After a solemn good-bye is bid to the “grandmother tree” that has stood in this spot for several hundred years, a look ahead to the future will be set in motion when local children gather the acorns which will be taken to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted.
In the spirit of the day–celebrating the cycle of life and most especially renewal–festivities will conclude at Quarryhill with musical performances, activities for the children and picnics.
This public celebration is a free event for the community, although there is a $10 parking fee, collected at the entrance kiosk at Jack London State Historic Park. Parking at Quarryhill is free.
The schedule for Oct. 6:
• 10 a.m. – Jack London State Historic Park: Celebration at the tree in Beauty Ranch.
• 10:30 a.m. – Gathering of acorns at the tree by children to bring to Quarryhill.
11 a.m. to noon – Special docent-led tours at Jack London Park.
Noon to 2 p.m. – Brix Big Band, family activities and picnics (food not provided onsite; bring your own picnic).
For more information, see jacklondonpark.com/jacks-oak-lives-on.html.
For information about Jack London State Historical Park see jacklondonpark.com, and for information about Quarryhill, see quarryhillbg.org.