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The Valley Line: Guests get a sneak peek at Showcase House; Hillsides sponsor recognition reception

February 05, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Albert Janz and Sherry Stein of Henry Johnstone & Co. are designing the entry and staircase at this year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design.
Albert Janz and Sherry Stein of Henry Johnstone &… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

I'm sure people on the East Coast must have been dismayed Sunday when Punxsutawney Phil (the most famous groundhog of all) was routed out of his sleeping burrow on Sunday and was so irritated at seeing his shadow that he just wanted to go back to sleep. You know what that means, right? There will be six more weeks of winter. Those people in Gobblers Knob, Pa., where Phil lives, have seen so much snow that they can't stand the thought of any more of that white stuff.

However, if we are to have six more weeks of winter I hope that we will have lots of rain so that we can get out of the drought zone and lessen the possibility of parts of our state running out of water. Everyone, please do a rain dance!

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Did you watch the Super Bowl? My, it was a disaster for the Denver Broncos because those Seattle Seahawks ran all over them — 43 to 8. Of course I was rooting for the Seahawks, since I lived in Seattle for many years. Post game, I talked with several of my Seattle friends and they were thrilled about the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII.

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The social scene is beginning to hum as spring nears.

On the last Friday of January the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) held its Empty House Party to give specially invited guests an early peek at its 50th annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

This year's house will be featured, along with the 49 past showcase houses, in a commemorative book, "50 Years of Pasadena Showcase Design Houses: Supporting the Arts Through Design." A past PSHA president, Fran Biles, has spearheaded the book project.

More than 500 people turned out at the Empty House Party to see the 1915 English country estate that was designed by architect Stiles O. Clements in the South Grand-Covington area of Pasadena. Now it is getting a complete renovation by 18 interior and eight exterior designers and will be open to the public beginning on April 13.

Greeting guests at the front door that evening were Donna Gotch, president of PSHA; Mary Ann Clayton, benefit chair, and Karol Franks, interior chair.

Vicki McCluggage, an LCF resident, was party co-chair that night along with Charlotte Varner.

"We wanted to make it festive for the 50th and we are so happy to have some of our traditional designers return for this momentous anniversary," McCluggage said.

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