Here are the amazing items we will have during the Silent Auction. This list will continue to grow, so check back frequently.
A lovely cocktail ring designed by local fine jewelry designer - Ashley Morgan. This sparkling gem will be locked inside of a bird cage and during the silent auction keys will be sold for $120 - and we will only be selling 25 keys. This is an item not to be missed!
See more of Ashley's fine jewels at: http://ashleymorgandesigns.com/
Location, location, location! Escape it all for 2 nights at an ocean-bluff Sea Ranch home on the spectacular Sonoma County coast. This 3-bedroom home has a light-filled, comfortable living area with ocean views, fire place and window seats—perfect for relaxing, playing games with family and enjoying the view. The house has excellent trail access and is located less than a mile from the town of Gualala, kayaking or canoeing on the Gualala river, and from the 18-hole Sea Ranch golf links. As a guest, you’ll have access to Sea Ranch’s two recreation centers, complete with tennis courts, heated pools, and saunas.
The 200 miles of Sea Ranch hiking trails provide opportunities for wildlife photography, birding, mushrooming, and views of spectacular coastal scenery. The Sea Ranch lodge has an excellent restaurant, or you can dine out in Gualala.
The master bedroom (queen bed) has its own bathroom and a 4-person hot tub on its private deck overlooking the ocean. The second bedroom (full bed) also has its own bathroom. The third bedroom (with its bathroom just outside in the hallway) has a bunk bed (twin over queen). This second home has everything you need to spend a weekend away, but does not include maid service, hotel toiletries, etc. (i.e., no little wrapped soaps or fancy shampoos!) The bedrooms and kitchen are more than comfortable and functional, but this is not a “luxury” home with an updated kitchen. There is a small television with a DVD player, but no cable or internet access. No smoking or pets, please. Scheduling of weekend to be done directly with the owner (a Greenwood grandma!) and is subject to availability.
Guided interpretive tour of the ruins of the Mt. Tamalpais Air Force Station on West Peak. The West Peak of Mt. Tam is the most hidden place on the mountain. Excavated from its original altitude of 2,604’ in 1950 down to 2,573’ in 1950, it’s still the highest point on our mountain. But very few people have been there and even fewer know its history because the military had fenced it off from public use for over 40 years. Greenwood parent Gary Yost has created a short documentary about West Peak for the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative to spearhead a fundraising campaign to remove the vast amount of reinforced concrete, asphalt and fencing still at the Peak. Gary has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge of the history of the peak, going back to 1919 when the Alpine Club erected a monument to Marin County’s soldiers who fought in WWI. That monument was bulldozed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1950, but Yost knows where it was. He has interviewed servicemen who lived on the Peak for years at a stretch, and knows many interesting stories about what went on up there. 300 soldiers lived up there, and for almost 30 years. Spend a weekend afternoon in April with Gary as he guides you through a 3-mile hike through the remains of the barracks, officer’s quarters, the old bowling alley, sewage treatment plant, helicopter pad, and the restricted area around the FAA Radome. Learn about the indigenous plants and trees that thrive on the massive amounts of serpentine rock there… serpentine that was created in the earth’s mantle, deep under the ocean crust. And finally, stand on the bulldozed cut where the top of the Peak used to be, right next to the Radome. This is still the highest place on Tam and was the site of the original summit that now exists only in the spirit world. Feel what it's like to stand literally inside the invisible peak of Marin County’s highest mountain.
This place on the mountain has views of the Bay Area even more amazing than those from the Fire Lookout on East Peak. It’s a rare opportunity to learn about a place that has been lost to history, but will be restored to its natural habitat in the coming years.
Link to the short doc, "The Invisible Peak" - www.invisiblepeak.com
Link to a shorter doc about one woman’s offering to the peak: https://vimeo.com/119016971
Link to the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative website: www.onetam.org
Celebrate the cycles of the seasons and the art of community by making jam in sacred space
Hosts: Kate Nicholson and Jodi Riviera
As we rush to keep up with the speed of our busy lives, one of the first activities we tend to sacrifice is the preparing and sharing of food with other people. Taking the time to cook with family or a close friend not only feeds your body, but can nourish your soul. Companionship can fill the heart the way warm stew can satisfy your belly. Preparing food with others allows you to slow down, while nurturing your relationships.
It can be treated like a ritual where the gestures of sharing and togetherness are just as important as the food you make. Planning, preparing, and sharing food are all stepping off points toward good conversation, bonding, and learning something new. Sometimes, there may even be no need for conversation, and you may want to wash, chop and stir in comfortable silence. In this circle, we will come together to make jam from fruit grown and harvested by the Nicholson family. Preserving fruits of the season is a tradition passed down by our ancestors. It connects us to the cycles of the earth and the beauty of the simple act of growing, harvesting and preserving the gifts of mother earth. By coming together as a group to wash, cut and stir we are connected to each other and our ancient ancestry. Each participant will bring home some jam made with love.
SESSION: This session will be hosted in the home of Jodi Riviera and Brian Buchanan. Jodi and Brian have converted the old Mill Valley Community Church in to a sanctuary and home for their family and community.
Limited to 10 women. Cost: $120 per person