Sandi Hansen, a dear co-worker from back in the old days at the Index-Tribune, and now director of the Depot Park Museum, recently wrote to me about a historical display that folks in Glen Ellen will want to visit. In honor of Women’s History month, the Depot Park Museum created a special exhibit on famous women of Sonoma Valley. The display, of course, includes special women from Glen Ellen. And why not … our town has included some notable folks.
A diversity of divas
Former Glen Ellen residents included among the women featured in this exhibit are Mary Ellen Pleasant, M.F.K. Fisher, Alma de Brettville Spreckels, Juanita Musson and Charmian London. A more diverse group I can hardly imagine.
I haven’t yet had a chance to see the exhibit, but I plan to be there soon. The Depot Museum, located just off First Street West one block north of the Plaza in Sonoma, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While admission is always free, donations are much appreciated.
Never before seen photos
Carol Page, long-time, dedicated volunteer at the Depot Museum, coordinated and curated the exhibit. Included in the photographs are a couple of never-before-seen photos of Jack and Charmian (not to mention a few nearly nude photos of Juanita). Carol is one of the helpful docents at the museum, and serves as a board member. “She has great talent and knowledge; Carol’s a great supporter of our museum,” remarked Sandi.
Dedicated museum volunteer
Like many of the women featured in the exhibit, Carol is a resident of our hometown, Glen Ellen, living in a lovely Victorian-style farmhouse just off Arnold Drive with her husband, Larry. When I talked to Carol recently, she easily offered, “I love our town; the whole Sonoma Valley is beautiful.” She added that her nephew, a recent visitor from Daly City asked her, “Does living here seem like being on vacation every day?” And indeed it can.
Carol’s other current good news is her daughter Heather Page Alter’s engagement to Dave Mackey from San Jose.
Perfect wine country wedding
The two sweethearts recently visited Glen Ellen touring wineries, caterers, florists and bakeries, in search of the perfect wine country wedding. Of course, their favorite places to visit are Sonoma and Glen Ellen, so that is where they will choose a site for their wedding ceremony.
I suggested the quartet of beautiful venues east of Highway 12. That would be Beltane Ranch, Atwood Ranch, Quarryhill Botanical Gardens and the Bouverie Preserve. What lovelier places can one imagine?
Cheek to cheek chic at Bouverie and Quarryhill
The Bouverie Preserve, along with its famous former residents, is in the news again this week. David Pleydell-Bouverie provided the property and design for M.F.K. Fisher’s Last House. Each spring, for the past three years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), Bouverie’s parent organization, has held a fund-raiser in support of their education programs, honoring M.F.K. and David. It’s called the “Art of Eating” and provides a bountiful occasion for celebrating food and festivities, much in the fashion that both David and Mary Frances enjoyed.