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Recognizing the Arnold Drive Bridge elves

Magical bridge a season tradition

In a recent column, I thanked the crew who brightened our bridge with swags of evergreen, punctuated at each end with wreaths, all aglow with sparkling lights. I named that crew while far from home, celebrating Thanksgiving with a passel of relatives almost a week before the bridge was decorated. Post TG, passing by the bridge the evening of decorating, I saw a slightly different crew than I’d named. This column redresses that error. But first a word about the tradition.

The decorated Arnold Drive Bridge in the center of Glen Ellen guides me out of town and back home again with great pleasure. Given where I live, the departing direction south provides a peaceful view of the greenery. The return direction north shines a spotlight on the comical characters atop the Jack London Saloon and continues with the sparkling starry lights of the bridge. Both directions make me happy. It’s one of my winter delights, a simple gift that makes me glad I live in this town. But simple? That’s not entirely true. Yes, the effect is simple. Not so the task of creating that magic.

A decade of elfin effort

Mary Guerrazzi and her various family members and friends have been at this task for a very long time. When Mary and her crew first started bridge decorating, all their daughters were quite young. That’s not so any more. Shortly those first bridge-decorating kids will head off to college and then into the greater world. What lovely memories they’ll carry with them; what important lessons in community volunteering.


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