On Oct. 6 and 13, the public is invited to join the North San Juan Fire Department in celebrating its 150th anniversary. Both events will be at the NSJ Community Fire Hall and admission is free.
There will be a Fire Story night starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Three writers — well-versed in the practice of living with fire — will share their stories in a lively performance spiced with wine, desserts and discussion.
Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and was recently awarded the Wallace Stevens award for his outstanding mastery of poetry. He is the author of 18 published books, translated into more than 20 languages, and the subject of innumerable essays, five critical books and countless international interviews. His work and thinking have been featured in video specials on BBC-TV and PBS, and in every major national print organ.
Colleen Morton Busch, a Zen practitioner and writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, is the author of “Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire,” a day-by-day account of the defense of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center against massive wildfires in the summer of 2008 that brings a Buddhist twist to the age-old preoccupation of humans living with, and trying to control, fire. “Fire Monks” was named a best book of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly and the SF Chronicle.
Caroline Paul is a former member of the San Francisco Fire Department, where she served for over 13 years being one of the first women to integrate into the department. She is the author of “Fighting Fire,” a skillfully written memoir that imparts an understanding of both the science of firefighting and the complicated alchemy among those men and women who brave the blazes.
John Deaderick will be master of ceremonies.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Please get there early as organizers expect a full house.
There will be a Fireman’s Muster and Community Carnival with barbecue and live music from noon until dark on Saturday, Oct. 13.
This second event falls on the actual 150th birthday of the fire department. It also falls on the culminating day of National Fire Prevention Week. The public is invited to come cheer on our volunteers as they challenge other local fire departments in friendly fire-fighting related games. This muster will be followed by a delicious barbecue and live music with local bands Grease, Grit and Grime and The Earles of Newtown.
Of particular importance on this day, all NSJFD volunteers past and present will be recognized in a ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. County Supervisor Hank Weston, Kimberly Pruett, local representative of Congressman McClintock, and State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover will be among the special guests who will be recognizing the exemplary history of service of the department.
— Marilyn Mociun, Special to The Union