The downtown area of Sunol sure looked alive with
the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec.4. There were more cars
and visitors in town than I have seen for a very long time,
especially with the grand re-opening of Bosco's Bones and Brew
and the Niles Canyon Railway's holiday train of lights.
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty hosted his annual
Christmas Party at Sunol's very own Event Center that same afternoon.
Over two hundred guests were served a delicious meal provided
by Sunol resident Skip Hensley's Pampered Palate catering.
There was a surprise visit from Santa who arrived via Alameda
County Fire Department's fire truck stationed at the California
Department of Forestry in Sunol. The Youth Jazz Choir provided
entertainment. Led by instructor Gloria Zweers, this youth jazz
choral group is a class offered by Amador Valley Adult Education
and is open to all elementary age children in the valley. Gloria,
a music teacher for the Pleasanton School District was born
and raised in Sunol and has been teaching in the area for many
years. In fact Gloria also happens to be my former Sunol Glen
School 1st grade teacher. Oh, put those fingers and toes away.
Yes that was a very long time ago. "The children enjoyed
so much being Sunol. We were delighted to be a part of it. It
was great fun", says Gloria.
Usually held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Scott choose
the Sunol event center because he said, "The ambience of
the town of Sunol cannot be replaced. Having the party here
is a good way for people to know the event center is available,
it's a retreat like setting; a Norman Rockwell type setting."
He adds that choosing the event center was a great choice because
it sits in the middle of his district, which includes Livermore,
Pleasanton and Fremont. Up until a few years ago Sunol was a
part of Supervisor Haggerty's District 1 but he says he really
does miss representing Sunol. He says, "Sunol is a great
While attending Supervisor Haggerty's holiday gathering, I
had the opportunity to chat with Mark Martin and Donna Flavetta
of Elliston Vineyards. Before Donna's mother Amy had passed
away in June 2002, Amy's 10 brothers and sisters had started
planning a new winery in Hawaii called "Wines of Kaui".
With Donna's help the new winery is scheduled to open in mid
2005 as a small production facility but she says they will have
a large visitor center for wine tasting and possibly an event
Besides the winery in Hawaii and Elliston Vineyards, Donna
also owns and operates vacation rentals in Kaui on Naimea and
Poipu Beach, Kapaa Mountain Cottages and a Kahuna Springs Estate
located on Makaleha Mountain near Kapaa. Donna also has her
hands in the spa business and her Pleasanton Spa offers facials,
body care and massages. For more information on the winery,
vacation rentals or spa, please log on to www.elliston.com or
Don't miss Sunol Glen School's annual holiday musical program
this week. This year's play is a musical adaptation of Tom Sawyer.
Wednesday's program will include the kindergarten class, 1st-2nd
grade combo class, 2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade combo class, and
6th grade class. Thursday's program will include the 1st grade
class, 3rd grade class, 5th grade class and 7th grade. The 8th
grade and advanced band will be performing both nights. All
performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
No time for dinner before the play? The eighth grade class
will be selling tri tip or barbeque pork sandwiches and a bag
of chips for $5.00 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria before the
holiday musical program.