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CA 94610
Meeting every Thursday morning, 7:00 a.m. at the Garden Center, Lakeside Park, Oakland California
Sept 19, 2013
Edition 13-38
Children’s Fairyland
Carla Betts
Program Chair
Terrie Kurrasch
Invocation
Speaker: CJ Hirschfield
Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements
September 26:Martie Lurie, Giant’s Pregame Broadcast host
Steve Hanson, President; Lise Pearlman, Vice President; Aileen Frankel, Secretary; Anthony Thompson, Treasurer; Rob Stewart, Executive Director
Carole Agnello, Editor; Ace Reporters: Al Clancy, Lauren Clum, Myrna Dean, Dria Fearn, Aileen Frankel,
Larry Ginsburg, Terrie Kurrasch, Kurt Libby, Suzanne Waligore, and Patricia Wells
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Fairyland’s 63rd Birthday Party
September 12, 2013
On a calm, beautiful summer afternoon Carla Betts, festive
organizer, arrived at Fairyland, followed by Dr. Eric Braun and
past President Jose Guzman Jr. who served beer, wine and
other libations and shared stories and greetings. (Did you know
Joe climbed Mt.Tallac?) Dr. Ron Krause, Steve Glaser and many
others kept conversation going.
Jack London George Rowan and his friend David were the
welcoming musical duet. Inga Foreline checked in guests and
handed out illustrated programs.
We had previews of the Fairyland Hold ‘Em Scavenger Hunt
when we occasionally encountered a Club members in character:
Best dressed Billy Wilkes as Captain Hook; calm Queen of
Hearts Anne Woodell; tall Mad Hatter Rob Stewart; the Evil
Queen Joyce Hooks; Little Miss Muffet Sharyn Gayton with an
elegant spider crown; mischievous Scarecrow Jeff Wong; and
Wicked Witch of the West Lise Pearlman. Approximately 60 club
members, family and friends attended this great event.
We were treated to the Puppet Theater performance of “Tashi, a
Boy from Tibet” – a boy who didn’t want to hurt living beings, a
challenge for his hunter father. Then we walked to the Emerald
City Stage (renovated with the help of the LMBC and Charitable
Foundation) to see excerpts from the latest youth musical with
talented Cow Girls. They serenaded the audience who joined in for
“Don’t Fence Me In”, “Home on the Range” and “Happy Trails”.
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The LMBC Almost All Stars were in place for the “Fairyland Hold
‘em Scavenger Hunt.” The audience was asked to break into five
teams to explore Fairyland using clues to get to each of seven
locations, where they would find a special character who would
ask them a question. A correct answer would be rewarded with the
draw of a playing card. The team with the best poker hand would
be declared the winner. Production planners Holly Tigard, Terrie
Kurrasch, and Sarah Kidder guided the players. This scribe
started with Emmy and Jeff Fearn’s team, and had the opportunity
to stroll with upcoming member James Alvers.
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Chef Robert, Marie Pimentel and Ernesto prepared a meal fit
for two Queens (and a witch, a pirate, a scarecrow, a Mad Hatter
and Missy Muffet) that included smoked brisket with b-b-q sauce
and chicken with a money mustard sauce. During dinner with
the glow of evening lights and the illuminated Fairyland store,
we were honored with remarks by Carla Betts, who earned
applause for the event and saluted the planning and dinner
hosts. Vice President Lise Pearlman thanked the chair and
CJ Hirschfield who has brought special Children’s Fairyland
to a level that is extraordinary we are fortunate to appreciate
today. Lise also announced the tribute reception scheduled for
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at the Lake Merritt Hotel to honor
Bob Castle, accountant and long-time Finance Committee
anchor.
Rob Stewart, Executive Director and past president of the LMBC
Charitable Foundation reviewed the transition of the LMBC status
from a non-profit to a not-for-profit organization, sparking the
establishment of the Charitable Foundation. With a Foundation
grant, the tunnel through which the Jolly Trolley goes will be
enhanced
with creative
sets
and lights
designed
by the artists
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Annalee
Allen
who work with CJ. Taking the stage at this point, she talked
about the fantastic bond that continues between the LMBC and
featured
in a book
artist,of Heidi
Wyckoff.
Fairyland
and indicated
that by
shelocal
is so proud
the dedicated
staff
(that finally has ended the 7 days a week work of the summer
for the 5 days a week schedule of the autumn). We applauded
the Puppet Theater Director Randall Metz, the Youth Theater
from
many
groups
and, Barbara,
a silentand
auction
Director
Doyle
Ott, local
the work
of Jessica
Maria of
plus other staff. CJ triumphed to declare that in 2012 Fairyland
welcomed 191,000 visitors. This year will exceed that figure.
Special events for young adults have been sold out. A recent art
in the park event was a fine fundraiser. Two horticultural therapy
events for autistic children were held. A precedent event for
troubled children was hosted in this refuge.
A large chocolate birthday cake, coffee, and more
applause and handshakes finished the enjoyable evening.
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