The Valley Line: Happy Hour rocks while Marvin Pops

August 03, 2011|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Newlyweds Brenda and Jeff Hughes at the Happy Hour. Jeff proposed to Brenda on Memorial Day weekend, in front of the crowd gathered for La Canadas annual barbecue and fireworks show. They were wed last month during their high school reunion. (Photo by Peggy Hotaling)
Newlyweds Brenda and Jeff Hughes at the Happy Hour. Jeff…

No priorities were misplaced recently when Meredith and Tom Reynolds hosted the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. July Happy Hour. In fact, nearly 80 people placed this event at the top of their social calendar.

It was unseasonably balmy for a late July summer eve when guests gathered in the Reynolds’ patio and backyard to sip a refreshing beverage.

As always, the culinary highlight of the evening were the hors d’oeuvres that guests prepared and brought to this popular event. Tasty tidbits of all sorts were spread out on a table.

As expected, news of our float’s progress was a hot topic. The rendering of our float, themed, “If Pigs Could Fly,” can be found on the Tournament’s website,

I can hardly wait to see the little pink piggies and their friends take shape under the bridge this coming December. This is going to be an adorable float and I predict it will not only be a crowd pleaser, but will also be an award winner.


The tournament is always looking for ways to earn money so our float can be built, and I think they have come up with a great idea. Now that we are green-minded and trying to not use plastic grocery bags, the tournament is selling heavy-duty grocery tote bags. The bags are black and the organization’s logo, a red rose, is on the front. The bags cost $3 and can be ordered by calling Jim Geoghegan at (818) 519-1282.

Enjoying this happy evening were Bobbie and Clyde Hemphill, Jenny Pass, John Burrows, Mary and Duane Batenhorst, Malak Peterman, Doris Horwith, Irene and Carl Christensen, Lillian and Roy Olofson, Fran and Bill Evans, Dottie Ecker, Sue Beatty, Nancy Thurston, Peggy Hotaling, Bob Wallace, DiAndra Montgomery, Julie Thurston, Gigi and Jim Schlueter, Pat Foltyn, Barbara Dennerline, Dorothy and Bob Lyans, Art Johnson, Richard Grippi, Joan and Chuck McGee, Sherrill and Jim Carbonetti, Claire Slaughter, Jean and Don Spomer, and Adene and Jim Misamore.

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