November 25, 2014

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

 

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Contestants in the three-legged race had to fight dust clouds not to mention fits of laughter on the way to the finish line.

Topanga Days 2014 began with an early morning fog and a chill in the air and ended with a rip-roaring 41st Memorial Day Parade and bands that wouldn't quit. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Grand Marshall of the Topanga Memorial Day Parade, accompanied by his wife, Barbara, rode in grand style past his “beloved library” with Sr. Deputy, Susan Nissman at the wheel of a cherry red Mustang with Mark Nygard, Topanga Community Club president, riding shotgun. All in all, the three-day fair was another success story in the Topanga Community Club's years of service and the community's reciprocal spirit.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Melanie Kareem, center, with her troupe of belly dancers performed in front of a packed Community House on Sunday.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

On Sunday headliner JGB (formerly The Jerry Garcia Band) featuring Melvin Seals played hard driving Blues and Rock that brought the ball field crowd to their feet.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Heidi Staun and daughter Beau Staun-List may have been shopping for colorful boas, but their best accessory was their rescue dog, Twiggy Moss.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Tyler Davis made hula hooping look so easy. Oh, to be young again.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

You don’t have to be religious to know that Michael and Debbie Schwenn’s tasty Holy Honey is truly divine.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Festival Goers found a great seat in the majestic Oak next to the ball field.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

A fun crowd rocked out on the ball field to JGB featuring Melvin Seals.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Young entrepreneurs Luci (L) and Sophia (R) had a lemonade stand set-up for thirsty post fair goers.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Travis Creeps played infectious rockabilly on the main stage on Sunday.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Marcus Brown (standing) taught Armando Jimenez how to play one of the gorgeous hand-made drums his company, Wooden Roots, makes.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Dinah Englund and Thomas Vogel stood in the cool corrugated metal booth that housed the wares from their Topanga Candle Company.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

The Topanga Historical Society was on hand to sell copies of the beautiful expanded edition of The Topanga Story. (L-R) Julia Swanson, Gail MacDonald and Rebecca Catterall.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Teacher Gabrielle Cartelli (L) and advisory team member Kim Wynn (R) had tons of great information about their progressive new Manzanita School at Topanga’s Big Rock Ranch.

Topanga Days—Fun, Frolic and Community Spirit!

Happy couple Randy Just and Linda Hinrichs, seen here at the kids’ area, are truly two of the Community Club’s most tireless volunteers.