The Valley Line: Oakmont League holds annual Christmas party

December 18, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Laura Angelini chats with Paul and Marion Greene. Angelini is the soloist with the Joel Scott Band who performed at the Oakmont League Christmas party.
Laura Angelini chats with Paul and Marion Greene. Angelini… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

Hard to believe but Christmas day is just six days away! There just wasn't enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get everything done and I'm still scrambling.

It has been parties, parties and more of the same. It is a jovial season and the celebrations go on and on. I'll try to catch you up on some of the events happening in our foothill community.


Last Sunday night The Oakmont League of Glendale held its annual Christmas party.

It was a beautiful evening, planned expertly by Carolyn Beaton and her committee. This was her "baby" and she spent months making certain every detail was as perfect as she envisioned it. Assisting her with the party plans were Patsy Dewey, Jeri Benton, Mary Broerman, Lynn Dittrick, Ellen Farewell, Nina Ratliff and Donna Sauer.

As the nearly 70 guests arrived, Voices of Christmas carolers were taking song requests and serenading them. They moved from table to table singing favorite Christmas songs.


The tables were centered with greens, crystal and gold-leafed candle goblets embellished with plaid bows, and pine cones. At each place there was an adorable candy snowman or Christmas tree on a stick— each one handmade by a friend of Carolyn's.

The traditional Christmas fare was prime rib with all the trimmings that make it an extraordinary feast. And yes, there were spirits served to make the evening even merrier.

It seemed that everyone was in a dancing mood and the floor became very crowded quickly. First out on the floor were Marian and Paul Green followed by Larry and Nina Ratliff. Carolyn and Ron Beaton weren't far behind. The music was great with a strong jazz vibe — that is until they busted out with "Mustang Sally." Providing those great danceable tunes was the Joel Scott band with Laura Angelini as their vocalist. Laura had the timing and phrasing of some of the best female jazz artists.

The evening closed with everyone singing Christmas carols. It was a joyful way to end such a lovely party.

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