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The Glen Ellen Village Fair brings attractions for all ages, from a dunk tank for kids to wine tastings for adults (Index-Tribune file photo)

The Glen Ellen Village Fair brings attractions for all ages, from a dunk tank for kids to wine tastings for adults (Index-Tribune file photo)

Sylvia Crawford/Glen Ellen Columnist

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Months in the making

This weekend, Sunday, Oct. 13, beginning with our grand and glorious parade at noon, the annual celebration of our town arrives with the Glen Ellen Village Fair.

For many months, a select group of town supporters has been meeting to orchestrate Sunday’s gala day.

Many hands make work light, but still, it’s been a long haul to fair day.

We are especially grateful to this year’s team. Thanks go out to the Glen Ellen Village Fair board of directors: Leslie Vaughn, president of our Village Fair Committee; Lisa Hardy, vice president; Vicki Nightingale, secretary; Eileen Berger, treasurer; and Janie Soto.

It takes a village

General members of the Glen Ellen Village Fair committee include Dyani Bachelder, Eileen Berger and Lisa Coleman. Matthew Dickey is in charge of entertainment. Rick Dunham and Margie Foster serve as advisors. Two quilt raffle coordinators, Lisa Hardy and Michael Hardy, are making sure the quilt is shown around the Valley before and during fair day. Archie Horton, along with the team of Shannon and Steven Lee, coordinate Kids Alley. Parade duties are handled by Vicki Nightingale, Norm Oliver and Trina Oliver. Janie Soto is the one to contact to secure a booth. Kevin Vaughn helps his sweetie, Leslie Vaughn, who serves as Glen Ellen Village Fair director. Riitta Vesterinen completes the team that coordinates our annual celebration. We truly applaud all of these good folks who devote their time and energy to making our village fair a successful and safe day filled with good food, great music and plenty of time to greet friends and neighbors as we roam our main street, Arnold Drive.

Volunteers still needed

The fair committee is still seeking helpers. Folks willing to help set up booths for the day, attend Kids Alley during the afternoon and others to make sure our streets are clean at day’s end should contact Leslie Vaughn now. She needs to know you’re willing to help. Leslie can be reached at 935-9163 (home), 494-6197 (cell), or by email at glenellenfair@att.net.

Kids Alley team has a place for you

Kids Alley sets up on Carmel Avenue and includes simple carnival games and a bounce-house designed for kids ages 3 to 10. At the games, the children win prizes and once they fill their “punch card” they come to

the front table to get a goodie bag.

Volunteers are needed to work at Kids Alley. They must be at least 11 years old (middle school age or older) and willing to work for at least an hour-and-a-half. Anyone willing to do more than one shift will be given extra perks.

Volunteers are needed for each of the following shifts on Sunday Oct. 13:

• Kids Alley set up, 10:30 to noon (three volunteers needed).

• Kids Alley game/bounce house helpers, noon to 1:30 p.m. (10 volunteers needed).

• Kids’ Alley game/bounce house helpers, 1:30 to 3 p.m. (10 volunteers needed).

• Kids’ Alley game/bounce house helpers, 3 to 4:30 p.m. (10 volunteers needed).

• Kids Alley clean-up crew: 4 to 5:30 p.m. (three volunteers needed).

If you can help, please respond to shannonlee@me.com. Let Shannon know which shifts are your first choice and second choice. She is best reached via the above email address or on her cellphone at 818-399-0425. A message can also be left on her home phone at 996-3352. I hope among my readers there are a few good folks willing to take a little time out of their fair day, to help Shannon in Kids Alley.

Shannon’s been coordinating this entire section of our Glen Ellen fair for three years, and she needs your help now. Please call or email her.

Food for thought with music

The theme of this year’s fair is “Food for Thought,” and that theme will be played out throughout the parade and fair.

Vendors, some proffering crafts, others with tasty food, will line Arnold Drive from Warm Springs Road to London Ranch Road. If you want to get through town, don’t try Arnold Drive. It’s closed to traffic from about 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. while the folks of our village celebrate.

Throughout the day, local musicians will offer entertainment. First up is the Solcats, followed by Flashback, with the Cork Pullers revving up midday and the Jami Jamison Band closing down the entertainment. Come early to get a good seat on the straw bales, or simply enjoy dancing in the street to the tunes of these local favorites. Between musical sets, wander the streets checking out of all of the vendor booths.

T-shirts and bounce abounding

The first stop of the day might well be the T-shirt booth, where the winning T-shirt design will be sold in a size that fits you. (side note to Leslie Vaughn: I hope that means baby size through 3X for all of us).

Kids Alley is the great attraction youngsters toddler age through middle school. The favorite attraction there is always the bouncie house, sponsored by Jim and Brenda Hill and the good folks from our Glen Ellen Community Church.

Join the parade

Trina and Oliver Norman are in charge of the parade this year, and if you haven’t yet signed up I urge you to call them today at 935-9030 so they save you space. Of course, lots of unregistered folks join in at the tail end of the parade, but it does help the Normans if they known whom to expect.

Parade official this year is our own Lisa Hardy, vice president of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Association and local firefighter, who will serve as our fair announcer. Her judging team includes Melanie Blake, Dunbar School principal; Frank Crook, Glen Ellen Village Market manager; and Kip Fogarty, Glen Ellen’s much beloved and former postmaster.

Love our town, slow down

How frightfully fast the year rolls around. Before we can even catch our breath after these languid autumn days of October, November and December rush in fast on the heels of October. We prefer the “Oh, hushed October morning mild,” to any of the storms and excitement of December. The manic pace begins in November as the holiday of gluttony arises to break all diets.

But, for now, silently, and quietly, let us revel in these days that Frost, yes Robert, that is, described thus: “O hushed October morning mild, / Begin the hours of this day slow. / Make the day seem to us less brief.”

Start out slow, and then ease up

On that second rainy day of September, I took a day of leisure and respite, setting out to accomplish nothing and meeting that goal with pleasure. The morning started slow with Sweetie arriving with our requisite peanut butter toast, orange slices and hot coffee. We both enjoyed that in bed, reading from Tolstoy’s own favorite book, his calendar. A little philosophy, a little direction and some good words to begin the day. That sleepy Sunday, the poet suggested we meditate on what was good and gentle in our world. Easy to do when Glen Ellen is your village.

After that, I dressed enough to sit by our fake fire (which I’d christened the “Liberace fireplace”) to read a bit. My book club has assigned “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and though it’s my third round of that novel, I’m enjoying it thoroughly. Midway through my reading hour, a call came from Debby Votek. On her way to fetch lunch for her sweetie Joe and his workers, hard at work at harvest, she asked if she could pop in. Of course, Debby and her folk are always welcome at Creekbottom.

Within minutes, Debby was knocking at the door, rushing in with a gust of autumn wind, faintly fragrant with maple and oak. Debby arrived with two CDs from Julia Holter’s “Loud City Song,” which isn’t loud, at all. That, and another CD recorded at San Francisco’s great American Music Hall. Accompanied by Glen Ellen local Chris Votek, Debbie and Joe’s son, the music is autumn mysterious, plaintive and moving. An excellent Sunday gift. Partly classic, partly indie rock, it settles in just fine with a lazy Sunday afternoon. Debbie’s other gift was two perfectly ripe, golden pears straight from her tree. She warned, “They are ready now, don’t save them, and don’t be afraid, they may have a few bug holes.” So, we didn’t save them, nor did we discover varmint bites. The pears, with a little smear of blue cheese and more coffee, became our excellent luncheon repast. Perfect, with autumnal aromas mixed with the tongue sizzling sweetness of summer. Pears seem more than a bit like pure magic – at least Debby’s offering was just that.

After more reading and music listening, we dozed off into an easy slumber waking just in early afternoon, in time to enjoy the pleasant slant of autumn sun peeking through the trees.

Floating apparitions

With the changing colors of the season, including the grey, golden grass of summer fading to silver, and trees beginning their fade from blazing chlorophyll green to more mellow tints of gold and crimson, the afternoon light was enchanting. This is, in fact, the time of year, in late afternoon, to chase the will-o-the-wisps through the Glen Ellen Sonoma Regional Park. These floating apparitions advance through the forest just ahead of you. It’s never possible to catch up with them, but following them through the oak woodlands is always an adventure. I’m just careful to repeatedly recite the little ditty, “Leaflets three, let it be.”

Please remember

Oct. 13, Sunday at noon: I’ll see you at the Glen Ellen Village Fair. Please say a “howdy-do” and introduce yourself. Until then.

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