The Valley Line: Bonding during a `Casino Royale' night

May 05, 2011|By Jane Napier Neely
(Courtesy Thursday…)

England has a new princess. Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged their wedding vows at Westminster Abbey on April 29. Now Kate is officially known as Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

Yes, I confess, I did stay up into the wee hours on Friday to watch the nuptials as they were happening. I was also emailing back and forth with my son Chris, who lives in England. He and his family didn't think they would brave the throngs in town and were watching it on the “telly.”

I've been a Kate watcher for several years, so I just couldn't miss this event — her gown was exquisite and William so princely in his red military jacket.
My Palo Alto granddaughter, Catherine, is very excited that there is a new princess with her name.

Hmm, I wonder if James — James Bond, I mean — ever showed up at the La Cañada Thursday Club's benefit, themed “Casino Royale.” It was a scene right out of the posh Monte Carlo casino as guests, some formally dressed, gathered to sip cocktails, test the wiles of Lady Luck at the gaming tables, dine and chat about community news.


To add to the Bond ambience, film clips from well-loved Bond movies played in the background. Tracks of music of the “Rat Pack” also entertained guests during the social hour.
Thursday Club members Sue Tutt and Barbara Self were co-chairs of the event. Assisting them were Mary Hennessy, Karen Poindexter, Alma Tycer, Jane Rosell, Judy Cooper, Jody Platisa and Joani Bartoli-Porto.

The Casino Royale fundraiser was the official kick-off of the Thursday Club’s Centennial Garden Campaign, a project created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Thursday Club in 2012. The evening's perfect spring weather drew guests outside to the patio area to view the pre-construction space. The drawings of landscape designer Ralph Robinson also were on view.
Robinson’s artistic design, intended to enhance the historical significance of the 84-year-old clubhouse, includes a stuccoed Spanish wall with bougainvillea, a hand-painted-tile wall fountain, colorful drought-tolerant plantings, and a larger and more functional patio area located under the club’s historic oak tree.

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