Barry’s on the Go gone?
Just when I was ready to sample Jerry Howlett’s tri-tip and potato salad, his food truck disappeared. Does anyone know what happened to Barry’s on the Go? I’m on the lookout for it, but if you see it first, let me know. It was a great addition to the eateries in our town, but came and went too fast for me.
Previously parked adjacent to Kevin Flores’s garage, the truck was doing a brisk lunch business with state hospital workers. Now, it’s nowhere to be seen. Help me out here, folks.
Letter from Leslie
Leslie Vaughn recently wrote to tell me, “I need to point out a much needed correction from the first paragraph in your 10/21/13 column. We would like the community to know that of the funds raised from the Glen Ellen Village Fair quilt raffle ticket sales, 90 percent is donated directly back to our community (distributed each year to Dunbar School, Glen Ellen and Mayacamas fire departments, Sonoma Developmental Center, and other local charities by vote of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Committee). The fair, by law, is allowed to keep just 10 percent of the raffle ticket sales which, together with booth fees, poster and T-shirt sales, helps pay for insurance, permits, and various other fees, including the California Highway Patrol, who assist with the road closure each year.
Funds raised from Kids Alley game punch cards go directly back to Kids Alley to help defray costs such as maintenance of the games, goodie bags and prizes. None of this would happen without the cooperation and generosity of our community and our neighboring communities, their vendors and volunteers.
Thank you to those of you who bought raffle tickets, sold products, visited our fair, and in so doing, helped our 23rd annual event to be such a huge success! And congratulations to the lucky raffle ticket winner Mari jo Dickerson.”
Thank you, Leslie, for such a comprehensive accounting of what happens to our fair funds. It’s a good community fundraiser, but, as anyone can imagine, lots of work goes into producing that one grand day where we can all celebrate our town in all of its fall glory.
Many hands make work light
Already, we believe, the fair committee is hard at work planning next year’s celebration. And so the days rush along, colliding one into the next. Fall turns into winter, which soon bursts with spring. All along the way the hardy folks planning our next 2014 Glen Ellen Village Fair are hatching a wondrous event.
Among those hard-working folks we have to thank for our fair is the afore-mentioned Leslie Vaughn, president of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Association board of directors; Lisa Hardy, vice president; Vicki Nightingale, secretary; Eileen Berger, treasurer; board members Janie Soto; Dyani Bachelder; Lisa Coleman; Matthew Dickey, in charge of entertainment; Rick Dunham; Margie Foster; Michael Hardy, quilt raffle coordinator; Steven Lee; Norm Oliver who, along with his sweetie, Trina Oliver, coordinates our big parade; Kevin Vaughn (being married to the president of the board means extra work no matter what; ditto for their daughter Kelley); Riitta Vesterinen; and Pamela Wiley. Lisa Hardy served as this year’s parade announcer and judges were Melanie Blake, Dunbar School principal; Frank Crook, manager at the Glen Ellen Village Market; and Kip Fogarty, our former postmaster in Glen Ellen.