The great Glen Ellen Village Fair
The big Glen Ellen news for today can be found in the news section up front. See scenes from our fabulous Glen Ellen Village Fair here.
As for my part, I’m penning this on Thursday, three days before the fair, so the only thing I can announce is the hope that we all celebrated a perfect day of sunshine and warmth in our little village with great music, fine food, creative crafts and a profound parade.
Most likely the day kicked off just after noon when the boys and men of Glen Ellen Scout Troop 63 carried the colors down Carquinez and onto Arnold Drive. Closely followed by Fred Berger and his sweetie, Carol Berger, riding in one of Tom Leonard’s snappy, special vintage vehicles. We hope to report that the Bergers were accompanied by other members of their tribe including son, Kevin Berger, Air Force reservist, recently returned from the Middle East; and his patient wife, Eileen; along with their two children, CC and Joe; as well as any other Bergers that show up for the day. Congratulations to the entire extended Berger family for being good stewards of the mountain.
We cleaned up
We will assume the glorious day continued until 5 p.m. when the music stopped and the good folks of our village began the annual clean up of our fairly littered streets. By Monday morning only a few white flour sprayed remnants of the booth space allocations remained.
I’ll share more good news from this year’s 2013 Glen Ellen Village Fair in columns to come, including all of the winners of the parade, along with my favorite crafts, food and fair fun. In weeks to come I’ll also be sporting my brand new snazzy Glen Ellen Village Fair T-shirt. Yes, of course I’ll hail the winner of the beautiful 2013 “Food for Thought” quilt winner.
Local artists welcome visitors
Today I want to point you in the direction of Sonoma Valley’s ARTrails open studios in our village and nearby. The open studios began last weekend, however, amid the excitement and draw of our fair, I skipped them entirely. Sonoma Valley ARTrails continues from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this weekend, Oct. 19 and 20.
ARTrails provides a rare and tantalizing glimpse into artists’ studios – where they work, where their creative muses dwell and where thought takes form, creating lasting art. So, this weekend I’m ready to visit several of my favorite local artists whose work I’ve long admired.
Sadly, we were sorrowfully notified that Sonoma artist Joanne Monks recently died. I last saw her at Nina Gorbach’s home where we both participated in classes run by the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance. I will miss Joanne, but am content with her legacy of artful paintings of flora.
Exquisite botanical visions
While many Sonoma artists open their studios this weekend, I have only a few on my “must see” list. Foremost among those talented folks whose studios I hope to visit this weekend are Bouverie docent and watercolor artist Irene Guidici Ehret in downtown Sonoma. Irene specializes in exquisite botanical art that brings the plant world alive. Her outdoor scenes capture the very thrill of being there.