Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Ready for market

I can feel the Tuesday Night Farmers Market coming. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but the thought of it warms me and I do really miss it. It’s scheduled to open Tuesday, May 8, which will be here before we know it. The community gathering, the fruits and vegetables, the crafts and food vendors all staged in our beautiful Sonoma Plaza… I love the market so I will just wait and keep daydreaming.

I have had very rewarding responses to my column. Getting feedback is so very important and appreciated and it makes me feel good just knowing folks care enough to let me know. As they used to say ‘keep the cards and letters coming in’.

Since our dryer went out I have returned to using the coin-operated dryers at the laundry mat between CVS and Homegrown Bagels. Its clean and reasonably priced and I have fond memories of using that establishment when my daughters were very little. Each one of my kids loved putting the quarters in the machine, pressing the start buttons and wheeling around in the carts. Folks are Sonoma friendly there as well. As a child growing up in New York City it was one of my chores to do the washing, drying, folding and carting of our family laundry. I received a quarter for this task and considered myself well paid. My grandmother Beatrice would give me another 25 cents, and for 50 cents you could go to the neighborhood movie theater for a double feature with cartoons and the news, and at the kosher deli next store you could purchase a big fat hotdog with loads of sauerkraut, mustard and a dill pickle. Closing my eyes I can see it, smell it and taste it. Those were the days, my friends.

This past Saturday I attended, as I always do, the Blessing of the Olives at the Sonoma Mission. It was a true Sonoma pleasure just to sit inside the historic mission, listen to the music and speakers. Father Kelly from St. Francis Solano Church officiated and was marvelous. I need all the blessings I can get and the Good Father delivers. We live here for this reason, to celebrate our bounty and ongoing history.

Here is some important information from Sonoma Valley Librarian Lisa Musgrove: “FYI, the total number of visits for 2013 is 129,171 for the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Here are some numbers from the Library System, as a whole, for the year, 2013: over 3.5 million items circulated; nearly 3,000 public programs, with over 76,000 in attendance; approximately 22,000 new patrons registered; with a total patron count of nearly 2 million; and over 265,000 reference questions answered. A big thanks for all you do for the library!” A big Sonoma thanks to you, Lisa, and your marvelous staff at the library.

The library presents Dave the Horn Guy on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m. for all children and their families. Blast your way into 2014 with Dave and his 25 chromatically tuned bulb-horns. Dave the Horn Guy is a multi-talented musician who has performed his innovative act across the country with amazing energy and infectious enthusiasm.  Dave will show us all how fun a library can be. This event is free of charge and supported by the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library. The library is located at 755 West Napa Street in Sonoma.  For more information contact Clare O’Brien at 996-5217 or To keep up on library events, “like” them at Sonoma Valley Library on Facebook.

Tune into Sonoma’s community radio station to hear Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” discuss his early influences and current projects on the Kathleen Hill Show this Friday, January 10 and also on Friday, January 17 between 10 and 11 a.m. on KSVY 91.3 FM or streaming live at Chef Irvine will be bringing his unique, multi-media theater experience to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m.

I recently heard on the Stan & Newman Show, on KSVY, a Johnny Ray tune called “Walking In The Rain.” I was well known for doing Johnny Ray impersonations on the spot. He was a very emotional singer (my favorite kind) who would fall on his knees, cry and rent his clothes. I was a very emotional child who resonated with his singing. You can Google him and see and hear what I’m saying. Check it out.

The Fallen Anjel Band featuring Raider Manny and Leslie Tipple, the hosts of the sports show Mondays from 10-11 a.m. on KSVY, will be at the Annex Wine Bar, 865 West Napa Street Sonoma, Saturday January 11 at 7 p.m. There is no cover.

Sunday January 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Sonoma Valley. Experienced birders will lead small teams of parents and kids on a 90-minute timed birding routes following registration, orientation and “Binocular Boot Camp.” One adult per youngster is required. Ages 8-16 and please bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and pizza will also be provided by the SV Rotary and Red Grape Pizza. Dress for the weather and hiking! The Crescent Montessori School will host the “Budding Birder Camp” for youngsters ages 4-7. The location is 276 East Napa Street at the Sonoma Community. Cost is $5 per child to cover room rental and event expenses. Advanced event sign up is required so go to or phone 939.8007. Space is limited so contact them today. Share a special day outdoors with your children. It sure is way healthier than sitting in front of a computer or television.

Stay true to your New Years resolutions; I sure am doing my best. Much love to you all.

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