Smith: What do you suppose Hugh would do?

The dust-up over David Codding's choice of sculptures to accompany the new Boudin Bakery project got me thinking.

What would his brash, big-game hunting late father, Hugh, have done with a city mandate that he place original art at his Montgomery Village or kick $25,000 into the city's public-art fund?

My first notion is that we'd be debating something like the bronze of a charging, 12-foot grizzly. But given how Hugh loved his Western theme at the Village, I now suspect he'd have kept some semblance of the Conestoga wagon displaced by Boudin and added a sculpture of who knows what, maybe a travel-weary and complex oxen.

Montgomery Village Sculpture Garden


Things change.

HUGH WOULD LIKE, no doubt, that the Boudin project remilled and made use of more than 25,000 board feet of old-growth redwood that was inexpensive and abundant when he constructed, 60 years ago, the building that was home to Copperfield's Books.

The salvaged redwood, now that's art.

THE ZUCCHINI PATCH at Tara Seifert's Windsor home went berserk this year.

(But you want to know if Tara is kin of George Seifert, the ex-49er coach. Yes, he is her husband Steve's uncle.)

Back to the magic of zucchini. Last year the Seiferts' 8-year-old son, Kai, made a bit of money for Windsor Creek Elementary by selling some of his mom's zucchini bread.

With zucchini coming out of their ears this year, Kai asked if she'd again bake bread that he could sell for the SOS (Save Our Schools) fundraiser. In late July, they touted $5 loaves on Facebook.

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