Filled with frivolity
Despite the empirical evidence that we’re deep in the dry throes of summer – hot days, cool evenings as the fog moves in, and grasses already a golden yellow – we had a little rain last week, an early morning, brief shower, a blessing that was over too soon. Today already, I bring you news for October. So what’s special about October? For the past 23 years (or more, depending upon whom you consult) our Glen Ellen Village Fair has arrived on the Sunday of Columbus weekend, generally around the 12th of October. That is the exact date for this year, and all afternoon the streets of Glen Ellen, our town, will be filled with frivolity and pleasure.
Prepare for a grand party
Shannon Lee, the fair’s official press person has sent out the news: prepare for a grand party this coming Oct. 12. Here is Shannon’s good news:
We are officially announcing the 24th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair, to be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 12, noon to 5 p.m., on Arnold Drive between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road. Vendor applications are available and booth space fills fast, so email email@example.com to request yours. The quilt raffle is ongoing. Find this year’s beautiful “Flowers of Wild Glen Ellen” quilt outside the Glen Ellen Village Market on Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 4, where tickets will be on sale individually for $2 or in bunches of three tickets for $5; seven tickets for $10, and 15 tickets for $20. Proceeds of past raffle ticket sales have benefited the Glen Ellen and Mayacamas fire departments, Dunbar School and other local charities.
Who are the 2015 quilters?
Other fair news arrived this week from Margie Foster who has been co-ordinating the Glen Ellen Village Fair quilt for the past many years (we guess at least 20). The Glen Ellen Quilters (a loosely formed group of folks who love to stitch and chatter) have begun the search for local quilters to participate in making the 2015 quilt. Yep, that year is correct. The 2014 quilt is finally finished and happily being displayed at the market, where raffle tickets are hot as hot cakes, flying off the grill.
The 2015 quilt will have a star theme, with each participant being asked to make two identical star squares, pieced from dark blues and gold fabrics. The overall design is by master crafts artist, Pamela Wiley, with a little help from another master crafts artist, Mary Ann Carr.
Well known for her many years of soccer coaching, Pamela is now retired and devoting her extra time (besides that which she spends with her two lovely grandbabies) to stitchery, piecing, applique and quilting.
For more information and specific instructions for making your star square, call Margie Foster at 996-8864 and tell her you’d like to be one of the quilters. Marge hopes to accumulate enough star squares for the quilt plus a smaller wall hanging, with the theme of “Out of this World” (which certainly typifies our town).
Margie says, “Even if you think you might be interested, give me a call. It is already shaping up to be a lovely and fun quilt. The deadline for finished squares is Sept. 15.”