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All Aboard!

steam locomotive maiden voyageLast night Ken and I joined friends Nancy & Van Strom along with other friends on a train trip that included the debut of re-conditioned and refurbished Santa Cruz Portland Cement steam locomotive 2  located at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Washington.  It was like travelling back in time to Victorian times hearing the bells and whistles and seeing the picturesque train station and train waiting for us to board.

Van is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Railway Museum and invited a number of us to join them for the train ride and learn more about this very interesting museum.  Included in our group were Michele & Dan Heidt, Arlene Wright, Jan Rogers, Jane Hesch, Bob Cremin, Toni & Rod Hoffman, Sandi & Tim Premselaar, Mary & Tim Nelson and others.

train car owner Snoqualmie signWe had the opportunity to ride in a refurbished car that included the velveteen seats, working windows and beautiful woodwork, but which did not yet include lights.  This was not a problem until it got pitch dark during our adventure, but Museum Board member, Mary Nelson, who was the creator of the VIP evening and inaugural train ride, brought mini flashlights around to each couple as a gift which solved the problem.

Bob Cremin, Jane Hesch, Ken Hatch
Bob Cremin, Jane Hesch, Ken Hatch

Our trip took us to a viewpoint where we could see the Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge and then back again to the actual museum itself where we were able to see a Chapel Car that included the organ and all the woodwork and windows finished and was just waiting for the pews and lighting and podium to be installed once they raise the money to do so.  Nancy decided that several rounds of us singing “Amazing Grace was an appropriate activity for the Chapel Car.  “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” 

Once we returned to the train for the final journey back to our starting point, Nancy also engaged us in singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” numerous times which we all seemed to enjoy.

Conductor Wanna-Bes Ken Hatch, Rod Hoffman, Van Strom
Conductor Wanna-Bes Ken Hatch, Rod Hoffman, Van Strom

What a fun experience to share with children.  We hope to return for the Santa Train this year between the end of November through December which runs from North Bend to Snoqualmie and back again..  And of course they are looking for more friends to support the museum so they can continue to refurbish and maintain these beautiful relics of a time gone by, but which helps us connect our past to the present and our future.

All Aboard!!

What a ZOO!

Last night, Patty Barrier and I left our ailing spouses (Jimmy with recent shoulder surgery and Ken with needed knee surgery) to have a quiet dinner together, while we went to the big Woodland Park Zoo Jungle Party “Big Claws, Big Cause”.  Barrier Motors Audi was one of the sponsors of the event.
We arrived early so we could go on the giraffe tour.  Patty and I enjoyed the giraffe tour immensely! We got to feed the three giraffes, the large Reticulated male and the two Rothchilds’ giraffes, the shy female, Olivia,  and the 1-1/2 year old playful baby female.  The giraffes had very long purple tongues that could reach many inches towards the maple leaves that we were hand feeding them.  The big male giraffe could easily reach over the tall fence to eat the leaves that we gingerly held towards him.
Following our bonding with the giraffes, we stopped and checked out the hippopotamus feeding as well and met Water Lily (see photos above), who was enjoying large sections of cut cantaloupe between submerging herself in the water and swimming around her pond.
The party itself was impressive with spirited bidding at the auction and dozens of generous “raise the paddle” bids.

What a Night!

What an incredible party last night at the 30th Anniversary Fifth Avenue Theatre Gala! Even my husband, Ken the curmudgeon, unexpectedly enjoyed the festivities. Fifth Avenue Theatre board member and event chair, Bonnie Towne, was thrilled with the outcome of over $400,000 raised last night, $148,000 from the “raise the paddle” portion alone. See photos of Bonnie above being celebrated by the audience and onstage with recently retired Managing Director, Marilynn Sheldon and David Armstrong, Executive Producer.
The evening was organized into three Acts. The First Act included a cocktail reception and silent auctions in the lobby and onstage. Following a light buffet dinner, the Second Act was a fifteen item live auction that was the most enjoyable auction Ken and I can recall attending ever. Every other item or so included a musical production and the auction portion was ably handled by celebrity reader, Sharon Friel, and auctioneer, Brad Goode. The big bidders of the evening were Jim Towne, who kept the bidding lively and Cathy Boshaw and Rick & Kandi Holley. The Third Act following the auction included champagne and dessert onstage to celebrate the successful conclusion of the fundraising.
Kenny & Marleen Alhadeff, were thrilled to share the Tony award they recently received for their support in producing the musical hit, Memphis, with the enthusiastic audience. See third photo above. And a fitting finale to the program was the surprise singing performance of their hugely talented daughter, Andrea Alhadeff.

Ladies on the Links to Benefit The First Tee

Earlier this week, I played in The First Tee Ladies on the Links golf tournament fundraiser at Broadmoor. What a great cause that gives kids that might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to learn to play the game of golf! The mission is “To impact the lives of young people in the greater Seattle area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”
Deborah Juarez once again chaired the event for the 8th year in a row and it was a fun tournament with prizes and gifts on every hole including fragrant fresh gardenias courtesy of Martha Harris, who also played in the tournament, followed by lunch and a silent and live auction.
My foursome included Dana Reid, Kim Cleworth, and our First Tee player, Kelsey, who graduates from Rainier High School this week and has a golf scholarship to Spokane Community College in the fall. See photo above of our foursome. Though the rules required that we count two drives for each of the players, I was lucky that Dana, Kim and Kelsey were all superior golfers with very long drives and we finished the nine hole scramble one under par. Though my putting has been abysmal so far this season, I did have the opportunity to sink a couple of medium long putts. Hooray!
Other friends I saw who were also participating in the tournament were Kay Baxter, Annette Parks, and Mari Schrempf.

Three Under Par!

Yesterday, Patty & Jimmy Barrier and Ken and I traveled to Suncadia for the Tangerine Travel Annual Golf Tournament.  It was a spectacular, sunny day with blue sky (for a change!) and we had the opportunity to play the beautiful Tumble Creek course.  Angie Lepley, owner of Tangerine Travel and title sponsor of the event was there along with her team all arrayed in bright orange-tangerine shirts to welcome all the golfers as we arrived and give us an overview of what to expect.
The tournament format was a scramble so we were able to play best ball on each stroke.  Ken didn’t actually play but helped us keep score for the first nine holes.  The fourth golfer in our group was Ed Clark, who turned out to be the entire reason why our team was able to turn in a score of three under par.  See second photo above of Ed, Jimmy and Ken.  Though Patty and I each sank a couple of long putts, it was a stretch that we had to count two of each of our drives, but Ed was able to overcome that handicap as well!
The big sponsor of the event was Kevin Swett of KSC Freight Inc..  See top photo of Ken, Kevin and Mike Kunath above.  Kevin and his wife, Cindy, also raise beautiful dogs as companion animals and the proceeds of the golf tournament and dinner auction were split between Seattle Children’s Hospital and Canine Companions for IndependenceKevin, whose avocation is photography, included photos of gorgeous companion dogs at each sponsored hole on the golf course.
We saw other friends who were also involved in the tournament including Frank Dennis and Connie Blumenthal pictured with Ken and me in the third photo above, Moe & Suzy Krabbe and Erik Moris.  
We ended the day tired but very pleased that we had participated in such a fun event to raise money for children’s health and companion animals.

IslandWood Dinner in the Woods

Last night Ken and I made the trek on the Bainbridge Island ferry to IslandWood’s annual “Dinner in the Woods” Gala. IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship and this event is one of the primary fundraising opportunities each year. The really good news is that… Continue Reading

Lights Up! Wine, Dine & Shine at Seattle Rep

Friday evening, Ken and I attended the “Lights Up! Wine, Dine & Shine at Seattle Rep” fundraiser to benefit the Seattle Repertory Theatre. We followed a long red carpet to enter the festivities where almost every woman was wearing at least one flashing, lighted ring to denote the purchase of a raffle ticket. Our neighbor,… Continue Reading

YMCA Partners with Youth Campaign Results & Volunteer Celebration

On Tuesday evening, as Co-Chair of the YMCA Association Board Partners with Youth Campaign, I attended the 133rd Annual Meeting and Partners with Youth Volunteer Celebration at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle.  One of the evening highlight’s was recognition of Jane Lewis, outgoing Chair , YMCA Board of Directors.  Jane has done an incredible job… Continue Reading

Cathi and Marcelo win the Peoples’ Choice Award!

Oh! What a night! Last Saturday evening after months of preparation, I had the opportunity to participate in the new Plymouth Housing Group fundraiser, Seattle Dances! competition featuring local “celebrity” dancers paired with professional dancers. Though I had said “NO” five times before I finally said “YES”, I have to admit that it was so… Continue Reading

We are winners at Seattle Dances Competition!

Last night was an amazing fundraising event at the Fremont Studios to benefit Plymouth Housing Group!  The event was “Seattle Dances” and was a sell-out with 450 people in attendance.  The venue looked spectacular with giant screens, bright pink and black table clothes and napkins and mirror balls everywhere!  The guests came early to participate… Continue Reading