The Sunol Business Guild hosted a lovely Volunteer
Dinner at the Sunol Event Center on the evening of November
5. The elegant affair, which was catered by Monica Hobbs, was
in appreciation of the many volunteers who have, over the years,
contributed to the maintenance and beautification of the Sunol
Community Park. As most know, the Sunol Business Guild has
recently transferred there duties as keepers-of-the-park to
the Pacific Locomotive Association and I believe another group
in town is being organized to continue in those efforts.
It was a very poignant moment when Neil Davies spoke of the
Guilds efforts in “bringing the town together” by
making the park a community focal point. Neil also presented
Sunol Business Guild President, Bud Hall, with a special plaque
which said, “In recognition of the Sunol Business Guild.
Thanks for making the promise of a ‘Community Park’ a
reality. Presented by Save Our Sunol, Sunol Glen Community
Club, Friends of the Park, Boy Scouts of America Troop 912,
The Little Brown Church of Sunol and members of the Sunol Community.”
Each year the Niles Canyon Railway has a preview run of their
Holiday Train of Lights and this year’s ride took place
on November 22. I was among the fortunate to ride the train
that evening and last year I announced the addition of onboard
port-a-potties, but now I am very excited to announce that
yes, they now have two real working toilets on the train. Is
this another “only in Sunol” moment? This is a
big deal for a train that up until two years ago had no facilities.
The extra facilities are helpful since the train trip is now
longer and they also serve refreshments. Also new this year
is the beautifully restored suite and parlor cars. And of course,
the train is festively decorated inside and out. It’s
amazing how more popular this train is every holiday season
and the seats sell out very quickly. In my last column I announced
that there were tickets available for the “Sunol residents
only” train ride and more than 30 people from out of
town called requesting tickets. I also heard a rumor that people
were selling train tickets on the internet. Unbelievable!
If you ever wished to take to the stage and show your acting
ability but were too shy, embarrassed, or just plain lazy,
now is the time. Sunol Repertory Theatre is holding open auditions
for this season 26th production on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in
the Sunol Glen School auditorium. This years melodrama is titled, “Taming
the Wild, Wild West in a Dress...or Let’s Give the Villain
the Slip" by Billy St. John. Adults as well as kids are
encouraged to show their talent, no experience is necessary
and behind the scenes technical help is always welcome.
I received a sad but touching email from former Sunolian,
Drew Nomellini last week, “The Nomellini Family is sad
to report the loss of “Rosie" the family dog. She
was a free roamer in Sunol's Kilkare Woods, and a favorite
of the end of the road gang. Rosie was approximately 15 years
old and had not been ill long. Our favorite memories of her
are her younger days in Sunol, and we wish to thank Kilkare
Woods for being nice to Rosie. She passed on November 24.” Rosie
moved to Palo Alto with her family a few years ago and like
Drew mentioned, everyone in that neighborhood knew and loved
Rosie and she is truly missed.
It’s an “early winter hike” for Women on
Common Ground on December 16 at the Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley.
The day will begin with a holiday decoration making workshop
creating decorations for the Women’s Drop-in Shelter
of Berkeley then join Sunol Regional Park naturalist, Katie
Colbert, as she leads a cold and crisp two-mile hike to Wildcat
Peak. There is a fee and reservations are required. Please
call 510-636-1684 for more information.