Today around 50 people came out to celebrate 15 years of the Overlook Trail and offer our gratitude to those who fought to save it, and the town, from the recent fires. State Senator Bill Dodd was in attendance, as well as many local environmental celebrities.
The celebration began with music provided by Paul Genovese and Bob Taylor. After some remarks from Steward Chair Joanna Kemper, the two people most responsible for establishing the trail, Karen Collins and Maggie Salenger, spoke about how the trail came about. A story in the Sonoma Index-Tribune about the celebration also has some of that information.
State Senator Bill Dodd also said a few words and announced that he would donate $500 (a sum that harkens back to a donation of the same amount from State Assemblymember Wes Chesbro when the trail was just getting started). The speakers were followed by a short sing-along of songs of love and appreciation.
Guests enjoyed coffee, apple cider, and muffins before hitting the trail for a hike (naturally). The weather cooperated and the predicted rain held off. About 40 people hiked up to the top and enjoyed the view.
Join us for a Free Community Gratitude Hike Saturday, December 2 at 9:00am. There will be music, coffee and muffins and we’ll hike the Overlook Trail weather permitting. For more information contact Jeni Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
45 people came to walk through Mountain Cemetery and hear amateur historian, Fred Allebach tell stories about past Sonomans that now inhabit the cemetery. Not only were the curious hikers entertained with stories about well known pioneers such as Samuel Sebastiani, Mariano Vallejo, and William Montini, they also were introduced to lesser known real estate tycoons, butchers, and even murderers.
Grateful dead folktales were told and Sonoma’s rich history came alive. The funds from this years tour will be used to repair the damage from fire fighting actitivies. If you missed this event and would like to take a self guided tour of the cemetery, pick up the Mountain Cemetery Walking Tour brochure at the Overlook Trail Kiosk written by Fred Allebach and enter the Mountain Cemetery next to the kiosk.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS—DAY OF THE DEAD
WALK SONOMA HISTORY THROUGH SONOMA MOUNTAIN CEMETERY
Saturday November 4
Two Opportunities: 9:30 am OR 1:00 pm
The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards invite you to take a lively, informative walk through our historic cemetery with amateur historian Fred Allebach.
Meet cowboys and Indians, ranchers and real estate tycoons, farmers and farriers, carpenters and stone masons, quarrymen, grocers, butchers, bakers, maybe a candlestick maker, and many more!
This fundraising event is limited to 20 participants. Your $35 donation includes the walking tour and small bites. . . complete with googly eyes.
All proceeds go to the Sonoma Overlook Trail Maintenance and Education programs. The Trail is solely supported by private donations. To reserve your spot, email Hope Nisson email@example.com. Indicate time preference.
Thanks to all of you hikers who made donations to raise money for the rehabilitation project on the Overlook Trail this past Saturday. Over 100 hikers gathered at Sonoma Raceway for a special hike that offered 360 degree views, wildflowers in bloom and wooly weeders doing their jobs—we even saw some spring lambs frolicking in the still-green grass.
We had a delicious picnic lunch provided by Levy Restaurant.
A huge thank you to Steve Page and his team for the superb job of hosting, promoting, and keeping us all on track over hill and dale.
If you’d like more information about how your hiking on the Overlook is even going to be better. . . go to the information on our rehabilitation project that your donations are going to support.
Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards will host hikes and a picnic lunch at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help raise money for our trail Rehabilitation Project.
Participants can choose a three- or five-mile guided hike through the splendid hills and grasslands of the raceway’s extensive open space to the west of the main facility. Hikes will be guided by docents and Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway’s president and general manager. This property, offering 360-degree views and bayland vistas, is not usually accessible to the public.
The walking is easy and suitable for all ages. An exceptionally wet winter is producing a spectacular wildflower season, and it’s also an opportunity to see the “woolly weeders” and their spring lambs in action.
Registration is limited and cost is $50 per person, non-refundable and tax-deductible. The cost covers docent-led hikes, a picnic lunch catered by Levy Restaurants, Bedrock wines and non-alcoholic beverages.
Proceeds will go to the Rehabilitation Project that is being undertaken by Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, an all-volunteer group that monitors and performs maintenance on the Overlook Trail.
Early registration is advised as a similar event sold out last year. For more information, contact Jeni Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-738-3791.
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Karen Collins, who helped establish the Overlook Trail, has been honored as Sonoma County Woman of the Year for the Third Senate District. Karen has made vital conservation efforts in Sonoma and we appreciate all she does for us hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Karen has long been active in local civic and community service. She spearheaded the community effort to preserve the land to the north of town for hikers instead of having a luxury hotel built. She co-chaired the task force that created the trail and is still involved with the volunteer stewards and maintenance and use of the trail.
She currently chairs the Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation Commission, which oversees the County’s outdoor recreation programs and is also on the board of Jack London Park Partners, the nonprofit group that operates Jack London State Historical Park. In 2014, she was named the Sonoma Valley “Conservationist of the Year.”
We are lucky to have a dedicated person like Karen that supports the Overlook Trail and outdoor recreation in Sonoma County.