The Valley Line: A warm evening for a hot Happy Hour party

August 04, 2012|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Sherry and David Kirchheimer hosted the July 27 La Canada Tournament of Roses "Happy Hour."
Sherry and David Kirchheimer hosted the July 27 La Canada… (Courtesy of Chuck…)

We are headed for August sizzle as the thermometer begins its climb upward. However, that is not the only thing sizzling — the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” is setting the Pantages Theatre on fire. The show, set in Memphis in the segregated '50s, would ignite a blaze of enthusiasm anywhere with its nonstop music and dancing. This amazing musical runs through Aug. 12.

Bryan Fenkart plays and sings the role of the white DJ Huey Calhoun, who falls in love with the black singer, Felicia, played by Felicia Boswell. Their onstage chemistry radiates to the last row in the balcony of the theater. Music genres such as blues, soul, gospel and rock 'n' roll performed by this cast absolutely blow the lid off the historic building.

I was fortunate to attend the cast party at Hollywood's newest boutique hotel, the Redbury. “Dragging” me to the party was Toni Arellanes Miller, who grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and graduated from LCHS in 1979. The hotel's bar, called the Library, was a beginning place for the party, which spilled out into the lush outdoor courtyard called the Glade. What a place for a celebration.


Bringing it all down to earth and on the home front, Sherry and David Kirchheimer hosted the July La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Happy Hour last Friday evening.

Yep, it was a hot one too, but as soon as the sun went down, it was very pleasant on the Kirchheimers' expansive property — even a cool breeze swept through now and again to make it even lovelier.

Just one of the hallmarks of this monthly event is the plethora of hors d'oeuvres brought by guests. The quantity of the fabulous edibles truly brought new meaning to the old term of the “groaning board.”

Being a warm evening, refreshing libations were plentiful too. Acting as the cheerful barkeepers who always have a tale or two to tell were Don Spomer, Art Johnson, John Landrum and Bob Wallace.

Of course there was the usual chatter about how everyone's summer was going, and sharing of getaway vacation stories.

Always the most important topic is, “How is the float coming along?”

Jim Geoghegan, who has been involved in our float construction for more than 20 years, said the float is coming into shape beautifully. He said they are just waiting for somebody to give their “Dino-soar” a nickname.

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