Patsy Dewey and Carolyn Beaton chaired the successful event. They greeted party-goers dressed in traditional long gowns enhanced with baubles, bangles and beads — some of them purchased on trips to Dubai. Many of the guests also got into the exotic theme by wearing Arabian-like garb.
Also meeting and greeting the guests was LCF resident and president of the league, Nina Ratliff and her husband Larry.
It was fun to see June (Peterson) and Doug Alexander who are summering here in SoCal from their home in St. Simon Island, Georgia. June, a former English teacher at Crescenta Valley High School, taught both of my kids. She was their favorite teacher so she, of course, was interested in hearing all about them. June was looking stunning in her flowing cobalt blue gown accessorized with gold jewelry.
There was plenty of time for guests to sip cooling beverages, talk about summer activities, and to bid on several silent-auction items before being seated for dinner.
Many tastes of the Middle East were served by Carousel Restaurant catering, including hummus, tabbuleh, stuffed grape leaves, several meat dishes and falafel. Dessert choices were varied including strawberries covered with either white or dark chocolate and baklava that was dripping with sweet honey.
It was LCF resident Roberta Raffaelli's birthday, so she was queen for the night with everyone singing the "Happy Birthday" song to her.
The party committee included Linda Malmquist, Barbara McCullough, Donna Sauer, Amparo Henspetter, Gail Gilhooley, Marcy Kalish, Marian Graydon-Greene, Anne Chadney, Pam Spiszman, Joyce Baer, Yolanda Lopez, Monica Sierra and Mercy Velazquez. They did an outstanding job.
The entertainment highlight for the evening was three superb belly dancers wearing their traditional costumes. They were exceptional in their presentation, and especially different was a complex sword dance that I've never seen women do before.
After the belly dancing performance, a disc jockey spun hit American tunes for those who like to dance and others who just liked to watch the action, chat and tap their toes in time to the music.
It appeared that everyone was enjoying the ambience of an "Arabian Night." I certainly did.
JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. E-mail her at email@example.com.