The Valley Line: Backyard burgers set scene for Happy Hour

September 05, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Joey Mitchell and Eileen St. Amand were the official greeters for the Tournament's Hamburger Night "Happy Hour."
Joey Mitchell and Eileen St. Amand were the official greeters… (Courtesy of Bill…)

Come on, enough already! This humid weather makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a Mississippi summer — and that isn’t my cup of tea, even if you put sugar in it.

I’m already autumn dreaming and yearning for cool, crisp weather. Guess I’ll just have to keep on fantasizing, because Fritz says that we are in for more of the hot-and-humid.

It was during one of those hot and humid nights when supporters of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. gathered for the all-volunteer group’s annual August Hamburger Night Happy Hour. Of course the topic of the evening was about the heat; people were wondering where SoCal’s usual cool evening breezes were. How could Mother Nature be so fickle?

Once again, Mayfield and Sarah Marshall were hosts, welcoming guests to their Vineta Avenue home and its expansive back yard.

Acting as official greeters that night were Joey Mitchell and Eileen St. Amand.


“Floaters” and their friends enjoyed homemade appetizers followed by big, juicy hamburgers cooked on the grill.

The Marshall’s spacious backyard looked so festive with bright red tablecloths. The beverage bar was open for business with an offering of cool drinks and great conversational opportunities with the bartenders.

Of course the reason for the gathering, besides good companionship, was to provide financial support for the construction of the new float, “Dog Gone,” for the 2014 Rose Parade.

It was a happy group of people that included Tom Seifert, Jim Neilson, Herman Simpson, Doris Patterson, Peggy Barber, Sharon Denner, Ron and Jean Zink, Elizabeth Calciano Georgeon, Dorothy and Bob Lyans, Cynthia and John Benton, Penelope and Al Anton, Pat Foltyn, Elaine Butterfield, Lynn Jarvis, Brett Pounders and James Simpson.

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