The Valley Line: Picnic-style happy hour draws stalwart La Cañada float supporters on hot summer night
Clyde and Bobbie Hemphill relax at a picnic table during the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.’s Happy Hour, held in August at the home of Sarah Marshall.)(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Jeff Hemphill, left, and Dick Grippi tend a well-shaded bar at the Happy Hour.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Joe and Lynne Thompson, from left, pose with Cathy Palermo during the August Happy Hour hosted by Sarah Marshall for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
John and Nancy Wolhaupter hold their picnic plates during the LCF Tournament of Roses Assn.'s August Happy Hour.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Liz Craven, left, and her husband, Bob, are greeted by Sarah Marshall, host of the Happy Hour.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Welcoming people as they arrived at the August Happy Hour was Pat Hutchins.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Rose Linda and Ricardo Gonzales, clockwise from left, dine with Pat Anderson, Daryal Gant and Mary Gant.(Courtesy of Barbie Elan)
Yep, it was a hot August night, but unfortunately there was no Neil Diamond in sight. Nonetheless, everyone had a wonderful time when Sarah Marshall hosted the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. monthly Happy Hour at her home, which has a beautiful, expansive backyard.
More than 50 people showed up in the sweltering heat to socialize, have a refreshing drink and taste a picnic feast of appetizers, hot dogs and desserts.
As usual, there was talk about how our 2019 float for the Rose Parade, “Tree Frog Night,” is doing. I hear it is coming right along and, in a blink of an eye, December will have arrived and it will be time to pull the float under the bridge to start flowering.
Among the local “floaters” attending the event were Art Johnson, Eremita Miranda and Larry Andreason, Pam Wiedenbeck, Sue Beatty, Stewart Lee, Joe and Lynne Thompson, Clyde and Bobbie Hemphill, Jeff Hemphill, Daryal and Mary Gant, Peggy Hotaling, Dick Grippi, Rose Linda and Ricardo Gonzales, Gloria and Jerry Beyer, John and Nancy Wolhaupter, Dorothy Rubino, Pamela and Bud Carney.
Also there were Pat Hutchins, Clara Satterfield, Peter and Cathy Palermo, Pam Gosso, Marylou Pelzer, Pat Anderson, Walt and Judie Bakley, Bob Wallace, Pat Foltyn, Anne Hills, Anne Stewart, Pam and Bud Carney, Arnold and Myrna Hershman, Lorraine Riewe Cooper, Cardy and Lorna Coate, Caroline Craven, Bob and Liz Craven, Jim Flynn, Barbie Eland and Bev Albright.
JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with news of your special event.