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Fall Bazaar: A Showcase of Rossmoor’s Collective Creativity

By Mike Wood

Staff writer


(Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.) For writers Jon Foyt and Charles Holmes, exercise isn’t just about staying active. It also sparks creativity.

Foyt and Holmes are Tice Creek Drive neighbors, both in their 90s and who keep active not just with writing but with daily exercise routines. In a community filled with prolific writers, their names are near the top of the list.

They will be among several Published Writers of Rossmoor who will be selling their books at the annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gateway’s Fireside Room, Oak Room and Peacock Plaza. The popular event features more than 80 vendors selling handmade jewelry, ceramics, paintings and many other crafts.

The Bazaar’s focus is on the selling of handmade items that residents have created themselves. Commercially made or used items cannot be sold at the event. All residents and their guests are welcome to attend the event.

Foyt, who has written 20 books, is one of the founders of Published Writers of Rossmoor. “We started off with 20 members,” he said.

His novels often have a historical theme. He has written Progressive View columns in the Rossmoor News since 2011.

Publication of his novel “They Who Have Gone Before: Footprints in the Sands of Time” was celebrated in June with a book launch hosted by the Published Writers. He describes writing as his fourth career, after working in radio broadcasting, real estate development and banking.

Foyt has run 60 marathons, including the famed Boston Marathon in the 1990s. Nowadays, he partakes in uphill walks within Rossmoor, when he might come up with a plot twist for a novel.

“Running is a right brain activity and stimulates ideas, so it was really helpful in coming up with plots and characters,” he said.

Holmes lives on the same side of the building where Foyt resides, a writers wing of sorts. Holmes’ poetry can often be found in the pages of the News.

“Special Places: Selected Poems of Charles Holmes” was published this year. It’s among his 16 books, either of poetry or novels for young adults. He has three more in the works: one of poetry, one nonfiction and a children’s book focusing on education.

His philosophy is to “do what I can for those who enter my life,” and he writes “to touch people’s lives.”

The San Francisco native has devoted much energy and skill to public speaking, as a community organizer, and in social work in Oakland. His goals are to exercise 1 V 2 hours daily, to adhere to the adage “early to bed, early to rise,” and to lifelong learning.

Brian Pennebaker, Recreation Department events coordinator, has been involved with the Bazaar for more than two decades. He said this year’s event offers a wider range of items than usual. Rossmoor’s broad scope of creativity has no doubt kept the Bazaar such a popular annual event. Barbara Krafchin is well connected to that creativity. She founded one of Rossmoor’s newest clubs, Creatives, in August. Its aim is to celebrate Rossmoor’s artistic expression that comes in so many forms.

She and her husband, Rich, a software developer whose passion is puzzles, will be selling mechanical puzzles and games at the Bazaar. Crafted from wood, their creations can be stimulating challenges for young and old alike.

Krafchin experienced the Bazaar for the first time last year as a visitor, but now she will be among the vendors.

“There is so much beautiful talent here; it just amazed me,” Krafchin said.

For those looking for a bite to eat while at the Bazaar, Ruggie’s Restaurant is hosting a barbecue in the plaza featuring hot dogs and hamburgers for sale from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Admission is free to the Bazaar, which is open to all residents and their guests. For information, call Pennebaker at 1-925-988-7732.