Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Broth for the soul

So much to tell you all and only so much space. It’s early in the morning and I have “Wake Up Sonoma” playing Cash and Sinatra on the KSVY radio box. Last night was the final Tuesday Farmers Market of the year and a lovely evening it was. So many kids, their parents on task watching them, vendors, crafts, music and the mighty Isa Jacoby and her team serving up the inaugural Community Soup to the market patrons. I was prepared with my spoon and large cup, and with volunteers ladle-ready I dove into the most delicious soup. I gathered strength from the broth, I was feeding my soul as well, all because it was prepared with love in mind. Thank you Isa, thank you Farmers Market and keep the first Tuesday in May in your hearts and minds.

The Jewish Winemakers and Nosh was a resounding success and one heck of a party. Superior wines, a sincerely lovely prayer and blessing by Rabbi Bella Bogart, and the food was indeed to die for. I grew up on Jewish cooking and it was delight to time travel to my past. A very lively crowd kept the buzz in the room going and my buddy Avram Goldman (Avi G to Wednesday’s “Mornings in Sonoma Show” fans) kept a parental eye on the whole thing. The only rowdy aspect was when the all woman band ‘Shameless’, ( got rocking and folks started a ‘Nosh Pit’. Oy! 

Dance For the Troops, presented by American Legion Jack London Post 489, is this Saturday, November 3rd from 6-10 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Building. With Food & Full Bar, DJ Bill Stallings from KSVY’s Roxfiles will play Viet Nam era music, plus the Big Band sounds of the Moonlighters. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at door, and can be purchased at Readers’ Books, Broadway Quilts, Eraldi’s & Pharmaca. Vintage Clothes, military uniforms & 60’s attire welcome, all proceeds will fund Holiday Packages for our troops. For more information contact 935.9426 or 

The Cost of Freedom Tribute featuring The Traveling Wall (80% scale Vietnam Wall) arrives in Sonoma next Wednesday, November 7, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 1st Street West. This event will run through Veterans Day, Sunday November 11. I will have more information in next week’s column and you can go to Please check it out and come out to pay your respects.

First Friday has come back around on the calendar. The Sunflower Caffe, located at 421 First Street West, features Artist of the Month Jennifer Cabaud with Hwy 12 Winery tastings, and the soulful tunes of JoyRide. Join the party from 5-7 p.m.

Just around the corner at 122 W. Napa St., the Epicurean Connection welcomes guest artist Shotsie Gorman for 6-8 p.m. reception. Shotsie is an accomplished tattoo artist, polymath, sculptor, painter and a wonderful poet. Food, beverage and art are available for sale.

On Saturday November 3, Sonoma will remember David “Lumpy” Williams, a much beloved citizen. We will gather at the Sebastiani Theatre at 1 p.m. for a memorial service to honor his significant contributions to Sonoma Valley. At 2:30 p.m. folks will head over to MacArthur Place, 29 East MacArthur Street, for a reception. Join us.

The Homework Club needs more tutors to help low performing students. Contact Annie Falandes at or call 939.1452 and leave a message. Please reach out and help a child. 

Hold a spot in your calendars for the following events: ‘Hanging Up Your Keys’ a free seminar put on by the Sonoma County Area Agency On Aging at Vintage House, Wednesday November 7th from 5-7:00 p.m. Call 707-996-0311 for more information. Sonoma Sister Cities Association and I will host the next edition of ‘Windows to the World’ focused on Siqueiros, a Mexican Revolutionary Artist 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 8th at the Sonoma Community Center. D. Anthony White, Ph.D., will deliver the lecture. For more information go to Breaking Bread (Kneading Culture), will be Sunday November 11th and I will have all the information next week. The next edition of the Friends of the Library Book Sale+ will be November 11th-17th. Information coming up. 

My evening prayer blesses first my family and then those who feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide care to the sick, work towards enlightened political policies and for those who don’t believe or support such objectives. Get out and be a part of your community. You have much to give so give it willingly. 

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