April 17, 2014

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

 

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

(L-R) Doug Kirby, Lee Kelly and Marlene and Jack Birdsall enjoyed the festively decorated Community House.

Thanks to all who helped with the Sages Holiday Dinner! I have heard from many of you who attended express gratitude for the amazing event! I've heard nothing but praise for the food, decor, music and company!

Thanks to the TCC for their amazing generosity, once again supporting the dinner with both money and a home. If you aren't already a member, please join this amazing group! Thanks so much to those who fed upwards of 100 people—Lisa Villaseñor, our chief cook and organizer; Karen Dannenbaum, who organized the pies and signups; and Karla Morrison, Tam Taylor, Becca Barkin and all the others who assisted in the kitchen.

Thanks to the great decor team, led by the indefatigable Gabrielle Lamirand and to Karla Morrison for making the gold curtains. I've heard the Community House never looked better!

Thanks to the musicians who donated their services—Alan Boivin and his amazing group with sound by Tom Mitchell and the string quartet organized by Jeanne Mitchell.

So many helped to make this a great event that it's impossible to mention them all. It's an inspiring occasion that proves that the spirit of Topanga is alive and well!

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Frank Villanseñor, who volunteers to cook every year with his family, brought out a tray of food for the buffet.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Gabrielle Lamirand, who is Treasurer of the Topanga Community Club, with Marsha Maus, who attended the supper in a stunning turquoise beaded gown.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Ione Kennedy, 98, at the Sages dinner.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Jeanne Mitchell, left, with Tina Boivin celebrate the season at the Sages Holiday Dinner.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Karen Dannenbaum signed in diners at a festive table.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Remarkably spry 93-year-old Ken Douphner (L) shared a smile with pal Yedvart Tchakerian (R).

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Nardis Martinez, left, and her mother, Olga Martinez enjoy some lovely music and dining at the Sages Holiday Dinner.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Penny Chavez and Henry Smith enjoyed the sumptous holiday feast at the Topanga Community House on Sunday, December 1.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Dianne Porchia, the new President of the Topanga Chamber of Commerce for 2014, serves up some tasty tri-tip to an appreciative Russ Jensen.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2013

Sages Holiday Dinner Glowed with Love and Warmth at the Community House

Connie Wright with her son, Alex Wright of Do It Wright Painting. Please see Alex’s story on page one of this issue about his adventures helping his wife’s family in the Philippines after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.