The Valley Line: A fine summer evening for Oakmont League

July 31, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Lee and Chloe Ross hosted the recent Oakmont League of Glendale summer party.
Lee and Chloe Ross hosted the recent Oakmont League of… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

Slowly, ever so slowly, we are crawling into the dog days of summer. The weather, just as the Greeks and Romans scripted them, is hot, humid and sometimes evil.

This time of the year, according to an ancient storyteller, "the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid."

I know first hand about the languid part; when it is hot and humid I don't want to move a finger. Yes, I might even growl if I am provoked.

In all seriousness, various sources report that the saying "dog days of summer" came from a Greco/Roman belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which means large dog. Voila! Dog days of summer.


Good thing the dog days weren't quite here yet, because last Friday evening was glorious in every respect for an outdoor party. The Oakmont League of Glendale, a philanthropic organization that is almost 75 years old, held its annual summer fund-raising party.


Chloe and Lee Ross graciously opened their lovely home for more than 70 guests who came to sip refreshing beverages, dine on fine cuisine and share news of their summer vacation trips.

Chloe Ross shared the duties of chairing the event with club member Jeri Benton. The theme for the evening was, "It's a Small World." Each of the dining tables placed in the Ross' expansive back yard were centered with an extensive private collection of Madame Alexander dolls representing many different countries.

The theme of the evening was cleverly introduced by Crescenta Valley music students Gavin Traber on trumpet and Nick Castellana on trombone. They played "It's a Small World," the theme song from Disneyland's amusement ride of the same name. Chloe, who is a retired Glendale Public School music teacher and a private music instructor, introduced her student Carolyn Carothers, who played the flute.

Chloe and Lee's granddaughter, Crysta Ross, seemed to be like a garden fairy as she gracefully offered guests hors d'oeuvres from silver trays. Donna Sauer, outgoing president of the organization, greeted people as they gathered in small groups for chatting.

Cuisine from around the world was served from different stations in the garden and prepared by Frank's Famous Kitchen and Bakery, which also provides catering services. The diners sampled tasty dishes from Italy, China, the Caribbean and Mexico.

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