It was a mere 4 years ago that I first began
writing this column. I remember sitting at the kitchen table
in my cozy little log cabin in Kilkare Woods, brimming with
excitement at the thought of being able to fulfill my childhood
dream. Creative writing has always been my passion from the
moment I was old enough to hold a pencil.
Working with Editor, Kelly Gust and Assistant Editor, Sam
Richardson at the Valley Times has truly been a wonderful experience.
They are just about the nicest people you could ever meet.
Thankfully, they allowed me to report the happenings in town
no matter how unconventional or quirky they appeared, such
as my “only in Sunol” moments. Kelly and Sam completely
understood the challenges I sometime faced when searching for
something to write about in this town of approximately 1,000
residents. Being an unincorporated town, we have no organized
sports programs, shopping centers, city council and thankfully
hardly any crime. But I reported on the townspeople, their
kids’ achievements, pets, hobbies, accomplishments, fundraisers
(lots and lots of fundraisers), births, deaths, newcomers and
old-timers. This was more than a job; it was an honor to be
able to represent my hometown the way I hoped would make my
friends and family proud. Heck, they even paid me! Little did
they know that I loved writing the column so much, I would
have done it for free.
If it were not for this column, I would not have received
a request from Arcadia Publishing to write a Sunol book for
their “Images of America” historical book series;
which was released in December.
Another soon to be released book by a Sunol author, Barbara
Egbert, is “Zero Days”, a heartwarming story of
her family’s adventures while hiking the Pacific Crest
Trail. Wonderfully written, this book is a must-read for parents
hiking with small children. Barbara’s tales, some very
personal, reflect the trials and tribulations of being “thru-hikers” on
their 2,650 mile trek from Mexico to the Canadian border.
Barbara will be signing her new book on March 2 at the Pleasanton
Library at 2 p.m; at the Pacific Crest Trail Association "Trailfest" in
Sacramento on March 28-29; at the Saratoga REI store on April
3 at 7:30 p.m.; at the Mountain View REI store on April 9 at
7:30 p.m. and at the Marina REI store on April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Just open a couple of weeks, residents are buzzing about Sunol’s
newest downtown business. And I mean literally buzzing because
it’s all about coffee. The Sunol Jazz Café offers
an array of coffee drinks, tea, yummy baked goods and sandwiches.
Located adjacent to the Sunol Event Center, the Jazz Café is
owned by Gerarda and Barney Stocking of Stocking Realty. The
Stocking’s asked Pleasanton resident, Bert Ortiz, who
formerly owned Bert’s Hof Brau and Steakhouse and has
26 years of restaurant business, to launch the café.
The establishment, which is decorated in a relaxed European
look, boasts comfortable leather couches and café style
tables and chairs. Bert’s plans for the café include
Friday and Saturday evening live jazz music, a Sunday brunch
and, possibly a Sunol “first”, wireless internet
technology. The Main Street location will be open from 7:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday with extended seasonal hours during the
evenings for live music. I know I’ll be a regular customer
there, so for now…I’ll see you “Around Sunol”!