Our city's Fiesta Days celebrations last weekend were bigger and better than ever! There was one wonderful event after another. I liked it all, but my absolute favorite was Sunday night's fireworks show, sponsored by the Allen Lund Co., which is based right here in town.
It is our very own "big bang" of the weekend, with glorious colors lighting up the night sky. There were lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" from the huge crowd that had gathered for the evening-long festivities in Memorial Park, which also featured music by the terrific La Cañada High School Jazz Band.
And of course everyone loves the beginning of our city's Music in the Park summer concert series, which each Memorial Day features the rock 'n' roll cover band, Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries. It is always a sing-along and dance-along time that screams for audience participation. I especially like watching the dancers — especially mommies and daddies dancing with their kids.
Thank you, LCF Chamber of Commerce, for your fabulous coordination of the weekend-long festivities. Hats off to Barbara Marshall and her committee. The 40th annual Fiesta Days was a huge success.
A large crowd gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center for the National Charity League Glendale class of 2014 Ticktocker tea and fashion show.
The theme for the 62nd annual Mother-Daughter Awards tea and fashion show was "Come Sail Away." The fashions were worn by the 11th grade Ticktocker class.
Seven young men from local schools — Joe Mudie and Dante Orlandini from St. Francis; Cole Rademacher from Flintridge Prep; Tristen Afshar, Michael Glidewell and Matthew Schwartz from La Cañada High; and Sebastian Hart, from Poly Technic School — joined the show, doubling as paparazzi and escorts.
Three of the guys from LCHS are twin siblings of three of the participating Ticktockers, Taylor Afshar, Marissa Glidewell and Jenna Schwartz.
Betsy Dillon and her dedicated committee planned the event. There was an opportunity drawing that raised funds for the chapter's philanthropies, including Twelve Oaks Retirement Lodge, Ascencia Homeless Shelter, and Hathaway-Sycamores, among others.
Tea guests were greeted by incoming chapter president Rose Chan Loui, who presented the event speakers, senior award winners Rebecca Weitzel and Amber Zadravecz.
Outgoing President Cynthia Bengtson Budzyn said, "Today we honor our Ticktockers' accomplishments and celebrate the thousands of hours of community service they have donated to our various philanthropies this past year."
It was a real "barn burner" recently when members and guests gathered for the 31st annual Bingo Barbecue sponsored by the La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Some 95 folks showed up in their cowboy/girl best fashions to take part in the festivities - all in support of our city's 2014 float, "Dog Gone."
Peggy Hotaling was chair of the event, and Sue Beatty and Corkie MacPherson were prize co-chairs. Councilman Jon Curtis did a masterful job as emcee, along with Bingo callers Chuck Terhune, Gale Caswell, Mike Leininger, Joe Thompson, David Granish, Lee Johnson, Mary Gant and Mike O’Connor, assisted by Bingo maestro Jim Geoghegan with David Granish.
In keeping with the western theme, the dining tables were covered with red checkered cloths. Los Gringos Restaurant provided the grub of delicious barbecued meats, beans, and Caesar salad.
Several games of Bingo were exuberantly played with some of the guests winning more than one game. Door prizes were colorful azaela plants donated by Nuccio's Nursery.
Bingo winners included Harriet Hughes, Mary Hennessy, Lynne Thompson, Adele Sweet Misamore, Bob Neilson, Harriet Hammons, Betty Jones, Donna Prout, Dave Moffett, Sharlyn French, Chuck Hughes, Helen Steadman, Marianne Wunch, and Pam Griffith.
Among the raffle prize winners were Lee Johnson, Pat Foltyn, Joe Thompson, Claire Slaughter, Tom Nuccio, Elsie Hughes, Cindy Slaughter, Pam Griffith, Rhoda Backer, Sylvia Vega and Phyllis Helland.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, interior designer to stars such as Cher, Elton John and Ellen Pompeo, was the featured speaker at a book-and-author event sponsored by Granite Park Place "New Beginnings," an apartment development in Pasadena.
Bullard, who moved to L.A. from London to become an actor, ended up making his mark by becoming an interior designer.
Guests sipped wine and tasted hors d'oeuvres as Bullard charmed them with his Hollywood stories. Each guest took home his beautiful book, "Live, Love & Decorate."
Cathy and Pete Palermo, co-presidents of the Stardusters Dance Club, welcomed members to the spring dance held at the San Gabriel Country Club.
Susan and Jim Holland were dance chairs and their committee members were Pat and Dennis Hetherington, Margaret and John Schock, Mary and Daryal Gant, Edie Askew and Jim Mramor.
The Palermos have chosen their year's theme to be "Getting to Know You," with this most recent dance theme being "Dancing Cheek to Cheek."
After having a lovely dinner, 40 couples were beckoned to the dance floor.
JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with news of your special event.