The Valley Line: Happy Hour for '3-2-1 Dig!'

One couldn't have asked for a more beautiful night for a party. It was a starry night and a nearly full moon was reflected in the backyard swimming pool as guests gathered on the patio of the mountain top home of Becky and Chuck Gelhaar for the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Happy Hour event.

More than 80 people noshed on the huge spread of hors d'ouvres brought by guests and sipped beverages poured by bartenders for the evening Bob Wallace and Tony Riewe.

Besides exchanging news about who was going where for their summer vacation the main topic was how the progress of our city's float, "3-2-1 DIG!" The community got a peek at the float's classy chassis during its debut at the Memorial Day Parade. The chassis was driven by a truly classy lady — Arlene Buchmann, who is this year's official float driver. Though she won't be seen, she will be guiding our float down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day. Arlene, who lives in Orange County, is very thrilled to be this year's driver. In spite of the long drive to get to our fair city, Arlene loves working on our float.

Jim Geoghegan, who is our T of R Assn.'s vice president of float development, construction and decoration, thinks this float is going to be a crowd pleaser with its bright colors and clever animation.

Last Friday night's partygoers included Art Johnson, Gloria and Stewart Lee, Joel Peterson, Darleen Schuster, Dorothy and Bob Lyans, Diane and John Landrum, Bobbie and Clyde Hemphill, Bob Wallace, Eremita Miranda and Larry Andreason, Ellen and Anthony Portantino, Fran and Bill Evans, Betty Woolson, Jean and Jerry Martin, Julia Cameron and David Granish, Barbara Donnerline, Lillian and Roy Olofson, Harriet Hammons, Peggy Hotaling, Dee and Fraser Draper, Mary and Daryal Gant, and Jackie and Don Walls.

Also enjoying the lovely ambience were Sherrill and Jim Carbonetti, Claire Slaughter, Sue Beatty, Ruth and Charlie Plowman, Gloria Beyer, Vickie Nadalin, Liz, Bob and Caroline Craven, Doris Horwith, Malak Peterman, Gloria Winkley, Penny Verner, Evie and Dick Barley, Bev and Doug Albright, Trisch and Ron Diaz, Joey and Dave Mitchell, Adene Sweet and Jim Misamore, Eileen St. Armand, Betty and Bob Keller, Pat and Otis Hutchins, Mayf and Sarah Marshall, Pat Anderson, Wandy Jung, Brenda Gant, Jeff Hughes, Nancy and Dick Grippi, Jim Geoghegan and Sharlyn French.

Association members generously open their homes for these Happy Hours, and anyone over 18 is welcome to bring an appetizer and join the fun. Pat and Otis Hutchins will host the next "Happy Hour" at their home, 5013 Castle Road. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 23, with a delightful extra ingredient: Otis Hutchins and the Wright Stuff Jazz Band will perform for the occasion.


JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. E-mail her at

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