Wednesday, November 4th |7:30pm
Join us for a wonderful evening of history, stories and music with Bill Champlin. Singer, guitarist, keyboard player, arranger, producer, songwriter and Mill Valley native Bill Champlin will talk about his early days growing up in Mill Valley and the local roots that contributed to his musical development.
The Opposite Six, Champlin’s first band, was founded during his time at Tamalpais High School and included other Mill Valley natives who later had musical careers of their own. Bill’s second band – The Sons of Champlin – along with other local bands of the time – placed the Bay Area in the forefront of the rock and roll scene in the late 1960s. After 28 years with the band Chicago, Champlin parted ways to focus once again on his solo career.
Bill has performed with many top artists including Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released “Single”, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone”, which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Over the expanse of a long successful career Champlin has written or sung over 400 songs and has been the recipient of several music awards including two Grammies. Nonetheless, Bill says his most cherished award is his Millie, given to him by the city of Mill Valley in 2010.
Registration recommended. Click here to register. (If registration for this event is full, you will not be able to register. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event. We will accommodate non-registered patrons as space is available. )
Who knew? The gristmill stones in the garden of the Outdoor Art Club are probably the oldest historical artifacts in Mill Valley, dating from mid-19th century rancho life in the Mexican territory of Alta California! Found on the property of Irish-born “Californio” John T. Reed’s adobe home site near what is now Locke and LaGoma in 1906, the basalt gristmill stones and a circular saw had been obtained by Reed in a trade with the Russians at Fort Ross on the Sonoma coast for livestock and hides. Reed was the first Mexican land grantee in Marin Co. (1834), and he built a sawmill on Mill Creek to supply the Presidio with building materials. That mill, a replica of which today stands in Old Mill Park, is what gave Mill Valley its name.
When the gristmill stones were found by Scottish-born pioneer John Burt, a surveyor for the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. and subsequently the superintendent of the North Coast Water Co. (now MMWD) almost three-quarters of a century later, he recognized their significance and brought them to his property on Hillside Ave. In 1897 Burt had married the former Cora Gardner, daughter of Jacob Gardner of the Throckmorton ranch, and it was their niece Gene Stocking, one of the founders of the Mill Valley Historical Society (MVHS) who donated them to the Outdoor Art Club in 1974. The small plaque affixed to them at that time disappeared many years ago.
A few years ago, past MVHS president/ OAC rental docent Joan Murray suggested that a new plaque should be made. Current MVHS Historic Preservation committee chair Lauri Harper agreed, and brought the idea to the MVHS board. The unanimous decision was made to gift the Outdoor Art Club with a new historic marker that explains the stones’ provenance. It is but a small token of the History Society’s appreciation to the Outdoor Art Club for co-sponsoring the annual Walks into History for so many years.
A dedication celebration will take place in the OAC patio on Sept. 9 from 5:30 pm until 7 pm, and all MVHS and OAC members are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and view the display. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept.6. More info HERE
Our friends at the Ross Historical Society present “The History of the Marin Art & Garden Center” on Friday, September 18, at 11:00 am in the Livermore Pavilion at M.A.G.C.
The Moya Library and Ross Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will feature a presentation commemorating the 70th anniversary of M.A.G.C. A new MAGC history booklet prepared by Moya/RHS Board Member Bob Battersby will be available.
Includes a special drawing, and luncheon will follow. Reservation deadline for lunch is September 11th. Please mail $45.00 payment to Moya-RHS, P.O. Box 437, Ross 94957. If you’re attending only the presentation, the $10.00 fee may be paid at the door.
Questions? Call Ruth Barton, 415-461-1972 moya-rhs.org
Join us at the library for this MVHS 1st Wednesday speaker program. DETAILS HERE