Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Imagine going on a treasure hunt in a secret garden, one that ranges over 120 acres. Such was the treat today when Runnymede Sculpture Garden was open to the public, part of an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley that also included sustainable landscaping information and garden-focused vendors.

Like thousands of others who drive along I-280 on the Peninsula, we’d spotted some of the large sculptures that can be seen from the freeway. But we’d never been lucky enough to venture on to the private property, nor did we know much about it.

Wander its many twisting trails, some no wider than a deer track, and you’ll encounter more than 150 sculptures, some of them quite large. Runnymede owners and art collectors John and Dodie Rosekrans were passionate about modern sculpture. They acquired their art mostly from American artists in the late 80s and early 90s. John was heir to the Spreckels fortune; learn more about him in an obituary by Carolyne Zinko that ran in the Chronicle in 2001.

One fun aspect of visiting Runnymede is that you are given a map that shows the trails, most of which are dirt, along with a list of all the sculptors scattered on the property. None of the individual pieces are labeled, so it’s sometimes tricky to match artist and the specific piece.

It appeared that most of today’s visitors took the paved path up behind the Dairy Barn, which housed the lunch that was part of the festivities, and then turned around and came back. We joined a small group of more adventuresome folks who climbed up to the highest point of the property and circled back along the northern perimeter of the property. That allowed for a lot of sculpture viewing but certainly not all, especially some of the pieces in the middle of the property.

Shown here are, top to bottom: The Fall  and Horse Head for Runnymede both by Ilan Averbuch (Israel) and Python by Charles Ginever (American).

Photos of Horse Head for Runnymede and Python by Dennis Nugent; photos of Yerba Buena Garden vendor and The Fall by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Menlo Park’s Earth Day celebration is at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Celebrate green living in at the very green looking Bedwell Bayfront Park on Earth Day, April 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. At this free event, you can learn more about water conservation, drought tolerant planting, alternative energy and more. You can also get involved by participating in one of the hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy: […]

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Spotted: Author Donia Bijan at Kepler’s celebrating book launch with her family

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We admit to loving this photo of author Donia Bijan celebrating the publication of her first novel with husband Mitchell Johnson and son Luca at Kepler’s last night. What a happy looking family! All the copies of The Last Days of Café Leila got snapped up, but Kepler’s has more on order. Earlier this week, we ran our […]

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Yep – that was rain you heard during the night

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Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: ” Another .1″ during the night. Now at 34.4″ season-to-date. This will be quickly forgotten as the sky is clearing and the birds are chirping. I am curious when my final report will be.” Looking ahead, no rain is forecast until a week from today. But that could change. Hang […]

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Menlowe Ballet company dancers make choreographic debut in spring season, Floraision

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Menlowe Ballet company dancers Stefanie Maughan (pictured, left) and Ali McKeon are making their professional choreographic debut, collaborating on a new contemporary work in the company’s spring season, Floraison, which will debut at the end of April. “Both Stefanie and Ali have rich, creative voices and fabulous contemporary backgrounds,” says Menlowe Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Lowe. […]

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Glenwood Avenue closed at railroad tracks from 8:00 pm on April 21 to 4:00 am on April 24

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The railroad grade crossing at Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park will be closed over one weekend for track maintenance work. The closure will be from Friday, April 21, at 8:00 pm until Monday, April 24, at 4:00 am. Vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will not be able to cross the tracks  During the closure, Caltrain […]

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Spotted: Chelsea Clinton signing books at Kepler’s

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Chelsea Clinton came to Kepler’s in Menlo Park today to sign her book It’s Your World. Menlo resident Amy Bayersdorfer was in attendance along with a young neighbor. Photo courtesy of Kepler’s

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Author Donia Bijan turns to fiction in a novel set in her native Iran

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As Donia Bijan explains it, she carried around “the story in my head” for years before starting to write her first novel, The Last Days of Café Leila, which will be launched at Kepler’s on April 20. “The main characters came to me almost fully formed,” she says. “They’re lots of people I knew distilled into […]

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More April showers make for more pretty flowers

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Yep, the rain keeps coming, but more in the form of off again/on again showers. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.3″ from late yesterday afternoon through 8:00 am this morning, bringing our season-to-date total to 34.3.” And it was just about 8:00 that the skies opened up again! The rose was photographed on a walk […]

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Jen Mazzon advocates for sanctuary city status for Menlo Park

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Update: The actions taken by the Menlo Park City Council on April 18 are chronicled in this article in the Almanac. For Jen Mazzon, who’s lived in Menlo Park most of her life, it’s all about local families. That’s the reason she’s created a website featuring a petition to support the city of Menlo Park passing […]

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Easter is less soggy in Menlo Park than other parts of Bay Area

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How the rainy weather affected your Easter plans depended on where you were celebrating in the Bay Area. This reporter spent the morning to early afternoon just on the other side of the Caldecott tunnel where it alternated between heavy mist and drenching downpours. But here in Menlo drier conditions prevailed, with InMenlo weather watcher Bill […]

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