The Valley Line: Oktoberfest comes to the Thursday Club

September 25, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Gale Caswell, center, president of the Thursday Club, congratulates party chairs Sheri Morton, left, and Alma Tycer for the successful "Welcome Back" dinner event held at the clubhouse.
Gale Caswell, center, president of the Thursday Club,… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

Autumn arrived last Sunday at exactly 1:44 p.m. Did you notice? Last weekend was such a delight because our little world here in the foothills had a different feel to it. Even my garden looked different.

The cool mornings brought a crispness to the day that we hadn’t felt in such a long time. I hope that the beautiful liquidambar trees that dot our landscape got the message. Soon we can just pull up a lawn chair, sit back and watch them change colors.

The Thursday Club greeted this first eve of the autumn season beautifully with a social event held in the club’s historic Spanish Revival-style clubhouse on Woodleigh Lane.

The evening had an Oktoberfest feel about it with the colorful leaves decorating the buffet table. Sprigs of berries lined the fireplace mantel, accented with glowing candles in tall crystal cylinders. Crystal beer steins topped by white chrysanthemums centered each dining table. Colorful balloons were tied to the handles of each stein. Thursday Club member Jody Platisa created the floral decor in the clubhouse.


Club members Sheri Morton and Alma Tycer were the party chairs and they did a superb job of pulling together each detail. They were delighted to greet the nearly 130 members and guests who came to take part in this autumn festival. Gale Caswell, president of the club, also welcomed guests.

Upon arrival guests gravitated to the club’s patio for hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Gene Wilcott and Tom Kempson were the very able and extremely busy bartenders — I don’t think they ever got a break. I guess people were pretty thirsty.

Cynthia Brooks Catering created the absolutely perfect menu for an festive Oktoberfest party — warm German potato salad, grilled bratwurst with sauteed onions and red peppers, chicken schnitzel, a purple cabbage slaw and a caramel apple pie for dessert. Brooks also caters the club’s monthly luncheons and she does an outstanding job.

Providing the tunes for the evening was Otis Hutchins’ Wright Stuff Jazz Band. Otis, who is the tuba player, is the husband of club member Pat Hutchins.

The Thursday Club dining room was rocking with polka tunes and Dixieland jazz licks. Dee Trent played banjo and Doris Goss was the pianist. Doris, who is a lively 93 year-old redhead, knows her way around a piano and there isn’t anything that she can’t play. They will be coming back to the club in February for a reprise performance.

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