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On the Town: Starting the travel season, doing it in style

April 03, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Its a family affair at the La Crescenta Womans Club represented by, from left, Kerry Erickson, wife and Club Treasurer Danette Erickson, new daughter-in-law Agnes Erickson and son Kraig Erikson.
Its a family affair at the La Crescenta Womans Club represented…

No organization knows how to party like the La Crescenta Woman's Club, especially after some lady-like mimosas. After 101 years, the group is still going strong and has no trouble attracting new members. At its circa 1927 clubhouse, its annual Fashion Show & Luncheon was themed “Holidays Abroad.” On Saturday, 180 members and guests were transported to countries far and wide. Each table and corresponding centerpiece represented a country. Treasurer Danette Erickson sat at the Netherlands table. A pair of her Grandma Erickson's wooden shoes were its centerpiece. They were a souvenir from a 1950s trip to Holland. Erickson admits her family is Irish, but the Irish table was already full.

The 12 teenage luncheon servers were students from St. James, Holy Redeemer and Providence high schools. They dropped nary a fork. The Chinese chicken salad filled the bill as the satiated audience next enjoyed the fashion show. Again, taking advantage of the travel theme, the fashions were ready to pack and wear in any clime. Commentator Jessica Howard narrated the fashions from Veronica M, while Karla Cohen commented on the ensembles from Holiday Hats & Gowns. Club models were Tamara Hughes, Amira Smith, Gloria Beyer, Erika Schmeid, Crystal Polischeck, Breanna Coe, Mallory Mudie, Lauren Barton Hassani and Marilyn Wright. Fascinators replaced hats — the influence of Britain's Princess Kate.

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Event Co-Chairmen Daryl Baker Pollack and Lynne Roberto did themselves proud as they supervised a team of club members who spent many an hour on food, drink, decorations, silent and live auctions and opportunity prize drawings. Members and guests were big bidders this afternoon. A private tour of International Studio Services brought in $750 from the live auction. The winning bidder was Karen Bynum, who will share the tour with mother and long-time club member Sally Benson.

A contingent of Red Hat Society women also bid up the prizes. They were headed by Queen Roberto and included her guests Susie Fighera, Donelle Woolsey, Barbara Hunt and Nita Pearson. Club member Margaret Hammond also sported a large red hat.

Club President Carol Huntwork bid her audience adieu, many ready to begin the travel season in style.

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