The Valley Line: Autumn is here, but T of R Happy Hour is gone

These gray and drippy days have certainly given our berg an autumn-like ambience. Maybe its been a little too much for some folks because I've been hearing grumbling about our bad weather. I, for one, have been loving the cool, crisp air. And I don't mind our mild version of rain, which is more like a mist, at all. I guess living in Seattle for many years conditioned me well for moisture.

At least it was dry last Friday night when Liz Argue hosted the final "in-home" LCF Tournament of Roses Association's Happy Hour of the year. The next similar event will be held at the float decorating site under the 210 Freeway bridge on Dec. 26.

All was in readiness for the colorful autumn season at Liz's lovely home and garden.

More than 80 "floaters" came to share the bountiful feast of hors d'oeuvres and desserts as they met with neighbors and friends to chat about upcoming holiday plans.

The association's color rendering of its 2011 float, "3-2-1 DIG!", was prominently on display and the subject of much discussion. Much of the buzz also was about how wonderful it is that La Cañada High's Evanne Friedmann was named Rose Queen, and that Queen Evanne's introduction with her Royal Court at LCFTRA's "An Evening of Wine and Roses" on Nov. 7 is eagerly anticipated.

Enjoying the Happy Hour were Gloria and Terry Beyer, Anne Hills, Laverne Hench, Sharlyn French, Dee and Fraser Draper, state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Diane and John Landrum, Lillian and Roy Olofson, Jean and Ron Zink, Vera and Garth Gragg, Kitty Barr, Panelope Verner, David Moffett, Saralane and Rod Allen, Eremita Miranda and Larry Andreason, Fernando Rabelo, Bobbie and Clyde Hemphill with daughter Chris, Nancy Wyman, Evelyn and Dick Barley, Peggy Hotaling, Chuck Hughes, Pat Anderson and LCFTRA president Pam Wiedenbeck.

Also among the float supporters were Julie Cameron and David Granish, Pattie Plath, Claire Slaughter, Sherrill Carbonetti, Donna Franklin, Fran Delaney, Pat and Otis Hutchins, Sue Beatty, Gloria Winkley, Mary and Daryal Gant, Denise Leiler, Jean and Jerry Martin, Jean and Don Spomer, Patti Newton, Lee and Merv Johnson, Adene Sweet and Jim Misamore, Joey and Dave Mitchell, Joyce Ruygrok, Lynn Jarvis, Pamela and Bud Carney, Bob Wallace, Betty and Bob Keller, Brenda Gant, Jeff Hughes, Ann and Bob Neilson, Joyce and Bob Covey, Fran and Bill Evans, Rosemary Hook and Jim Geoghegan.

The organization's officials send word that they extend their thanks to all association members who have so graciously shared their homes for these Happy Hours during 2010: Liz Argue, Jean and Don Spomer, Sarah and Mayfield Marshall, Pat and Otis Hutchins, Becky and Chuck Gelhaar, Janis and Joel Peterson, and Jim Boreham.

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