A pickup full of books
My grateful thanks go out this week to a trio of Sonoma helpers. I had more than 20 boxes of beautiful books I wanted to donate to this week’s library book sale and no pickup truck to transport them. I’d just about talked my Sweetie into schlepping the books in multiple trips in his tiny Toyota to our Sonoma Valley Regional Library when I remembered the brief Index-Tribune story recently offering free pick up for folks donating books to our local library.
After a quick call to the number given, which turned out to be the Schake’s home in Sonoma, they were on their way to pick up my score of heavy boxes. Wayne, the major book carrier, arrived with his Sweetie, Cecelia, and grandson, Barrett. Along with my Sweetie, the gentlemen had the truck loaded and on the way to the library in no time, while Cecelia and I gabbed. Turns out handsome grandson Barrett is an Air Force pilot, just like his Dad and Grandpa. Yep, Cecelia’s a proud grandma, and rightly so.
The one place I promise not to see you, my dear readers, is tomorrow at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library book sale. Right now, my shelves feel just lovely with a bit of open space.
A psychedelic array
Turns out grandmothers are one of my best column sources. They love to share the good news about their grandchildren. Another happy grandmother this week was Ione Evans, who called me just about the time the paper hit the streets last Tuesday morning. In my column praising the costumes in Kate Kennedy’s “Taming of the Shrew” at Buena Vista, I’d failed to mention the talented, young costume designer.
Yep, it is Ione’s granddaughter. Grand congratulations are due to Mira Evans, talented seamstress, theatrical designer, painter, sculpture artist and all around creative lady.
At 19 years old, Mira has a clear talent in dressing folks for a colorful production. Amazingly, it was her first foray into this realm.
Janice Kobe, who is Mira’s painting teacher, heard how much Mira enjoyed creating costumes after Mira and her friend Holly Anderson attended a Santa Rosa Toy-Con as dragon forms of Batman and Magneto (in a sort of “Marvel versus DC comics,” Mira explains). Mira designed both costumes for the Toy-Con, including an elaborate paper-mache dragon head. Artist Kobe apparently told Mira, “You should work with Kate Kennedy.” Kobe introduced the two and Mira took off, designing her first entire show.
As I shared in last week’s column, the costumes for “Shrew” are the most wild and psychedelic array of eccentric, quirky clothes I’ve ever seen on stage. The costuming alone makes for a lively show, brilliant and bizarre. I promise you will be entertained … they glitter and glow like the summer of love come alive.
Mira confessed to me that she made “like a gazillion things … at least three different costumes for every character.” Given a small budget for procuring clothes, Mira and her mom, Amy Evans, scoured thrift stores from Santa Rosa to Marin. Other items they fashioned themselves from their own saved yardage. Actor Jim Kent managed to finagle the donation a neighbor’s entire collection of vintage fabrics for them.