Of course I saved the best for last! Last week
when mentioning the cast of this season's blockbuster melodrama
by the Sunol Repertory Theater, I failed to give credit to those
who truly work the magic behind the scenes - and one who works
the ivory keys in front as well.
The talented crew of this year's production of "Trapped
in a Villain's Web Or
Weave me a Loan" are: Derek
Johnson, Technical director; Neil Davies, Paul Miller and Bill
Webster, Technical Crew; Patti Balch, Costume Director and Set
Design; Irv Tiessen, Set and Prop Construction; Phil Mumford,
Stage Manager; Lynn Kozma, Prompter; Suzanne Diers, Choreographer;
Louise Throop, House Manager; Derek Johnsion and Bree James,
Program Design; Monica Schram, Publicity; Tom Harland, Billboard
Artist; Diane Fries and Cathy Lipman, Makeup; and the ushers
are Sunol Glen School's 7th and 8th grade students. Last and
most certainly not least is the talented pianist, G. Allen Schell.
A 6-year veteran pianist of SRT, Allen enjoys the challenge
of improvising musical sounds to reflect the action on the stage.
Allen also plays keyboards in church and classical recitals
as soloist and accompanist as well. He currently provides musical
direction for the Asbury United Methodist Church and makes his
home in Livermore.
Don't miss your chance to experience this year's play by the
Sunol Repertory Theater. Thickets are still available for the
remaining performance dates of March 19, 20, 26 and 27th. Tickets
can be purchased at Sunol Corners Store.
Mark your calendars for another seasonal tradition here in
Sunol. Niles Canyon Railway is ready to introduce their annual
Wildflower train days and returning this year for those wine
tasting enthusiasts are our local vineyards offering premium
wine on each Sunday the train is running during the month of
April and two weeks in May. So while you are enjoying the scenery
of lupine, California poppies, mustard flower, and wild rosemary
you can also enjoy a taste of wine. Chouinard Vineyards will
be serving wine on the train at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on
April 4, Elliston Vineyards on April 18, Fenstra Vineyards on
April 25, Little Valley Vineyards on May 2 and Westover Vineyards
on May 9. Another annual tradition for Niles Canyon Railway
is their School Trains. The Railroad invites schools to participate
in an educational program designed to teach the children train
safety, which they call "Operation Lifesaver". After
an approximately 30 minute presentation the kids get to ride
the hour-long train. According to Al McCracken, Chief Station
Agent, this program is very popular and there are still dates
available nearly every Wednesday in April and May for those
schools interested in participating. Please call (510) 727-4202
for more information. Another popular train rental is their
Caboose. You can rent the caboose for a nominal charge plus
regular fare for each person attending your party or event.
The caboose holds 20 to 25 people and you can bring your own
refreshments to serve your guests. Al says, "it's the #1
popular car and the best seat of the whole ride is in the cupola".
Please call (408) 249-2953 to reserve the caboose or you can
even rent the whole train for larger parties and events.