Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Always thought I’d see you again

On Saturday, November third, a celebration of the life of David ‘Lumpy’ Williams was held in fine Sonoma style. Lumpy was held in very high regard by all those whose life he touched, and his celebration was an amazing outpouring love and generous giving.

The service was held at the historic Sebastiani Theatre and it was so full of loving folks my emotions overflowed. Stories from his childhood, adult life and professional life all had a common thread, that here was a man who loved life and life loved him back. I was part of the organizing team and as I asked for donations, more came in than I asked for.

I want to especially acknowledge the following donors: The Other Guys ( Aug Sebastiani), Sebastiani Winery (Chris Johnson), Sonoma Hopmonk (Dean Biersch), Whole Foods (the baker told me the Lumpy came to her house as Santa!), Carol Bojarsky, Sebastiani Theatre, SVTV, The Epicurean Connection and a very big thank you to Dange Daniels and the entire MacArthur Place team. If you feel moved to make a donation in Lumpy’s name please consider The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation, P.O. Box 874, Sonoma CA 95476.

Bob Gossett sang a wonderful version of the James Taylor song ‘Fire and Rain’ and here is that chorus that just so seamlessly fitted the occasion:
“I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again.” Here’s thinking of you, Lumpy.

This report in from Harmony Plenty, the executive director of the Hospital Foundation: “In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we provided 75 un/underinsured women with foundation-sponsored mammograms in October 2012. Hopefully with more donations we can increase this number further. Word is getting out but we can’t do it without community support. Folks can contact me to make a contribution to our mammogram fund. Every gift, no matter how small or how large, helps!” To make donations or find out more about the Foundation please go to svh.com/foundation.

Well the elections are over for now. I can feel the overarching disruption in the force dissipate and the vibrations slowly returning to ‘normal’. I was fielding all the negative thoughts and statements, and I don’t even have a television. I resisted going to my mailbox because once open out would spill the toxic sludge of the flyers, mailers, endorsements and more. 

My sincere congratulations to Susan Gorin, our new 1st District County Supervisor. I look forward to working with her and her staff on solving the issues of Sonoma Valley. To Laurie Gallian and David Cook I look forward to moving forward with our City Council. Lets get to work!
The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library are having their Book Sale on November 15-17 at the library, located at 755 West Napa Street. Preschool through Grade 12 students: don’t forget your free book. For more information Google Friends of Sonoma Valley Library or call 996-5217. 
On Sunday November 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. join an event supporting a film about the culture of good food and local community “Breaking Bread [Kneading Culture].” Come out and support this memorable event highlighting local food, art and Sonoma Culture. There will be Farm to Table food from Charlene Nicholson, local chef formerly of Chez Panisse, woodfired flatbreads live from Mike the Bejkr, local produce, beer and wine from Lagunitas Brewing Co., Coturri Wines, Paul’s Produce and Oak Hill Farm. Emjoy music by The Penny Hens, Arann Harris and the Farm Band and Sean Carscadden & Marty O’Reilly. You can purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com and for more information go to thebejkr.com. I’ll see you there. 

You’ll also see me at the Cost of Freedom Tribute on Thursday November 8, with at 1 p.m. Opening Ceremony. See the full story on page 16. We need to remember our Veterans and the Vietnam War. Take the time and pay your respects. 

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