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The Valley Line: Construction of float framework makes headway

October 09, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • The Haaga family attend the "Only at Descanso" gala. Enjoying the evening are, from left, Catalina, Paul, III, Paul Jr., and Heather.
The Haaga family attend the "Only at Descanso"… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

We are just rounding the corner of the second week of October and there's scarcely a colored leaf in sight.

Last Sunday I was admiring the beautiful cirrus clouds that were lightly streaking across the sky and was amazed to a see a short but straight band of rainbow colors. Wow! I had never seen such a thing before.

Later in the evening I went to the computer to learn more about cirrus clouds. Cirrus is a Latin word meaning a ringlet or curling lock of hair. That is exactly what the clouds looked like and the rainbow band was like a colorful barrette clasping the wisps. What a wondrous gift Mother Nature gave us that afternoon.

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Diane and Dick Crowther graciously hosted the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Happy Hour at their Green Lane home. Of course the topic of the evening was centered by news of the progress of our 2014 Rose Parade float, “Dog Gone.”

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The construction team announced that the float frame is just about complete. Now the focus will be on the decoration scheme and flowers that will be needed to begin the floral work that will make the float come alive the last of December, when everything goes into high gear.

The next Happy Hour is scheduled for Oct. 25 at the La Cañada Flintridge home of Jim Boreham.

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It was an exquisite Indian summer eve when more than 150 supporters of Descanso Gardens attended the Sept. 28 “Only at Descanso” gala fundraising event. More than $130,000 was raised.

This year's theme was En Plein Air, in honor of the hundreds of artists who come to the gardens to do landscape paintings. Of course the inspiration for the school of plein air painting began in France with master artists such as Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Manet and Sisley.

The evening began on the promenade, where guests gathered for cocktails, some of them named for famous French artists.

Paul Haaga Jr., a longtime Descanso benefactor, acted as master of ceremonies. He encouraged guests to join bidding rounds in order to raise funds for Descanso's educational programs for Southern California schoolchildren and special-needs students.

Paul was recently named the acting president and chief executive of National Public Radio. The day after the gala he and his wife, Heather, were jetting off for Washington, D.C. to begin their new life there for a few months.

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