Who won the quilt?
Every year hundreds, maybe even thousands, of happy hopeful folks in Glen Ellen and beyond buy tickets for a chance to win the beautiful Glen Ellen Village Fair quilt. Even though there can be only one winner, all of that money helps to fund our fair. It’s the seed money that pays for all of the set-up and permits, including those behind the scenes helpers like the highway patrol that keep us safe all day.
But the big question after the fair is always, who won the quilt? I am truly happy to announce that it is once again a longtime hometown resident of our village.
Congratulations to “Food for Thought” quilt winner Mari jo Dickerson, who says, “I’m thrilled to win the quilt. I’ve always coveted it, and bought raffle tickets every year.” She further adds, “and have known so many of the quilt makers over the years.”
Yes, many of us feel affection for quilt makers, present and past. While Mari jo and I discussed the quilt, we also reminisced about our dear friend Janet Laursen, who often made wonderful squares (and designed at least one edition of our annual hometown T-shirts). We miss her. There’s Phyllis Ellman, too, and many more. I dedicated my square to some of those good folks.
As for Mari jo’s good luck this year, her partner Ann Hershberger bought Mari jo three quilt raffle tickets on the day of the fair. That alone wouldn’t have guaranteed her win. But just to add to the magic of Ann’s intention, their grandson, Scott Boyadjieff, gave the bin a good spin. That’s your hint for next year.
Meanwhile, Mari jo is the best keeper of this town treasure. She and Ann recently moved out of their little Glen Ellen cottage of 30-plus years, building a larger home right behind the cottage. That was part of her retirement goal and the place is stunningly beautiful, fitting in perfectly with the environment of the regional park, which is a back yard to their home.
Mari jo worked for years at the Sonoma Developmental Center and then later in Napa as a secondary school teacher at a court appointed school for kids who are suspended or expelled. Hard job? You bet, but Mari jo obviously loved it and speaks with warmth about her various students, both there and at SDC.
Along with building the house, Mari jo became a volunteer at Jack London State Historical Park, fulfilling another retirement goal. That, too, is a job she loves, taking school groups and seniors on tours of the park. Sometimes you’ll find her at the kiosk, as well.
We just hope in all of this activity and action she’ll find time to snuggle under that blanket and dream of all the good produce that her lovely garden provides. It’s all reflected in her new quilt.
Willy and Sonny
Congratulations to our town for throwing the best home town party yet. Even the powers-that-be were on our side that day with perfect weather, not too hot, just entirely pleasant.