A big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Almanac's booth to chat with Tom Gibboney and me.
From the vantage point of our booth, Barbie, a butterscotch-colored pony that patiently let scores of little ones perch on her back for photos, looked to be a big success. Blue Horse Saddlery's paint-a-model pony activity did brisk business, and the "T-Rex Thunderlizard Wild West Revue" puppet show held audiences enthralled at all three shows. It was nice to see that an old-fashioned puppet show can still thrill this generation of tech-savvy kids.
Woodside Elementary School's volunteer Monette Clemons was tireless in her pooper-scooper duties (you can see her taking a well-deserved break in the Wells Fargo stagecoach in a Page 3 photo in this week's print edition of the Almanac). While we didn't make it to the staging area of the progressive trail ride, Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges judged it a resounding success.
Maggie Constantino and her son Benjamin deserve a mention for tirelessly and cheerfully staying late at their leather-crafting station, helping little kids and their parents pound designs into keychains.
The Community Museum's exhibit on Woodside's incorporation 50 years ago is beautifully displayed and worth a visit for its nostalgic look back at the soon-to-be town circa 1956. The museum, located in the restored Mathisen farmhous between Independence Hall and the Village Pub, is open Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., until November 18.
And to everyone who wondered, yes, that is Devon McNaughton in her "Oklahoma!" costume pictured on the cover of the new InfoMenlo, our annual guide to local schools, events, government officials and just about everything else.