Grand Salon Committee Wrap Party at the Beach Club

There were High 5’s and hugs and margaritas at the Grand Salon Wrap Party to celebrate the great results of this year’s event held on May 31.  Thanks to all who played a part in making it special, and to Sandra Clay for arranging our afternoon at Portuguese Bend Beach Club.

Photos by Lu Takeuchi

GS Beach Val and group

The Committee

Co-Chairs – Marian Hall, Jane Beseda
Hostess – Carolyn Elliott, with Gloria Mata
Advisors – Paula Del Vicario, Marian Duntley
Auction – Marilyn Hoffman, Sharon Guthrie
Bar – Jann Feldman, Debby McDonald
Benefactors – Lois Moore
Guest List/Finance – Judy Sannes
Invitations Production – Val Noguchi
Invitations Mailing – Linda Gassett
Musicians LA Phil – Verna Balch, Cheryl Graue
Musicians Student – Jean Strickland
Photography – Ellen Perkins
Program – Lu Takeuchi
Publicity – Jane and Marian
Rentals and Set Up – Deborah Deutsch, Linda Gassett
Restaurants – Nancy Siskowic and Marian Duntley
Supplies and Gifts – Diana Honeycutt
Treasurer Fundraising Events – Linda Whitson
Escorts and Brawn – David Jones, Jim Beseda, Svein Fougner

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Auction Tours Begin with a Blend of History and Culture

The Silent Auction held at the Grand Salon on May 31 offered an extensive choice of tours, parties and get-togethers.  Lucky winners enjoyed their first outings this week with tours of two historic venues—the Hollywood Bowl and Rancho Los Alamitos.

Hollywood Bowl Backstage Tour

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the US, and is a 59 acre county park and picnic ground.  The LA Phil inaugurated the first official Hollywood Bowl season, “Symphonies Under the Stars,” on July 11, 1922, and it’s still going strong with 75 summer concerts, including 14 with fireworks.  Hostesses Jane Beseda, Carol Hart, and Marilyn Hoffman treated a group of 10 to a backstage and museum tour, and in true Hollywood Bowl tradition, a picnic at the Volunteer Cottage.  The group also made their singing debut at the Bowl with “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, led by our own Carol Hart, who performed at the Bowl when she sang with the LA Master Chorale.

July 11, 1922 - Opening Day for the inaugural season of

July 11, 1922 – Opening Day for the inaugural season of “Symphonies Under the Stars.”

The current shell of 2003 brought much needed acoustical improvements, replacing the 1929 shell that had stood for 74 years.

The group in front of the shell - Front row L-R: Cindy Hardin, Yuri Kantor, Carol Hart, Dale Harbour-Day, Emily Reed; 2nd row: John Maniatakis, Alicia Maniatakis, Pilar Hale, Jane Beseda, Marian Duntley; 3rd row - Tom Kantor, Marilyn Hoffman, Carol McGarry

The group in front of the 2003 shell – Front row L-R: Cindy Hardin, Yuri Kantor, Carol Hart, Dale Harbour-Day, Emily Reed; 2nd row: John Maniatakis, Alicia Maniatakis, Pilar Hale, Jane Beseda, Marian Duntley; 3rd row – Tom Kantor, Marilyn Hoffman, Carol McGarry

The “Peninsula Committee Singers” ready to make their debut…

Same group, ready to sing, with the addition of Melanie Sanguinet, , Manager Volunteer Activities, on left.  Photographer Joseph Feneck, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator, also made a video of the  song.

Same group, ready to sing “This Land is Your Land,” with the addition of Melanie Sanguinet, Manager Volunteer Activities, far left. Behind the camera:  Joseph Feneck, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator, also made a video of this awesome performance.

☆☆☆☆☆

Rancho Los Alamitos Tour

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Preston

Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach is on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a sacred village of the Tongva people, and its evolution through the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and 20th century development.  It is a rare remnant of the original 300,000 acre Spanish land grant given to Manuel Nieto in 1790. The Rancho includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca. 1800, four acres of historic gardens, and a meticulously restored working ranch barnyard.  The barnyard is home to chickens, bunnies, and Preston the Shire horse, whose shoes are big enough to put your head through!  Thanks to hostesses Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, and Cheryl Graue for this great tour.

The Ranch House

The Ranch House

The group ready to experience the living history of Southern California.  Dale Hoffman, Marilyn Hoffman, Beth Howell, Dan Bochard, Paula Di Fiore, Christel Bochard, Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, Cheryl Graue, Linda Whitson, Carol McGarry

The group ready to experience the living history of Southern California. Dale Hoffman, Marilyn Hoffman, Beth Howell, Dan Bochard, Paula Di Fiore, Christel Bochard, Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, Cheryl Graue, Linda Whitson, Carol McGarry

Scrumptious lunch in the garden.  This is the life.

Scrumptious lunch in the garden. This is the life.

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PCLAP Gratitude Dinners

Thanks for the memories, Lou!

Thanks for the memories, Lou!

We held the first of our Gratitude dinners to thank the Grand Salon restaurants for helping us out.  There were 45 members and guests at Lou’s on the Hill, where we enjoyed an evening filled with friends, food and Lou’s fabulous singing.

Please mark your calendars for our next PCLAP Gratitude Dinner:
Monday, July 27, 2015
Giorgio’s
COST: $40 ALL INCLUSIVE (TAX AND TIP)
EXCLUDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Please RSVP with your reservation and CHOICE OF ENTREE to nsiskowic@gmail.com  no later than July 21st
Joe & Phyllis Sherwood, Michele & Paula Del Vicario

Joe & Phyllis Sherwood, Michele & Paula Del Vicario

Dana Takeuchi, Dave Jones, Marian Hall, Lu Takeuchi

Dana Takeuchi, Dave Jones, Marian Hall, Lu Takeuchi

Jim Duntley, co-hostesses Marian Duntley and Nancy Siskowic, Ed  DeRenzis, and guests Carolyn & Roger Ayers

Jim Duntley, co-hostesses Marian Duntley and Nancy Siskowic, Ed DeRenzis, and guests Carolyn & Roger Ayers

Carrie & Stanley Stock

Carrie & Stanley Stock

Patt & Bill Parker

Patt & Bill Parker

Karen Gottlieb & guest

Karen Gottlieb & guest

 

 

Linda & Will Gassett, Marilyn Hoffman, Sharon & Bud Guthrie

Linda & Will Gassett, Marilyn Hoffman, Sharon & Bud Guthrie

Van and Diana Honeycutt, Dale Hoffman and Linda Gassett

Van and Diana Honeycutt, Dale Hoffman and Linda Gassett

Bill & Phyllis Glantz

Bill & Phyllis Glantz

Joe & Janet Ceske, Alicia & John Maniatakis

Joe & Janet Ceske, Alicia & John Maniatakis