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MUSE/IQUE – July 28

Rachael Worby, Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder of MUSE/IQUE, graciously invited eight Trusteeship members to share a table at the performance of MOVEMENT/ALOUD on July 28! The fabulous show took place on the beautiful grounds of the The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens at the Dorothy C. Brown Garden Lawn in San Marino.

The doors opened at 6:00 pm where our members picked up their specially prepared boxed dinners and and joined their Trusteeship friends at our special table. The performance began at 8:00 pm.

Karen Caplan shared: “What a fantastic way to spend a summer evening – outdoors at The Huntington attending friend Rachel Worby’s MUSE/IQUE. It’s like the Hollywood Bowl, but more chill and casual.”

Judy Frank Dine-Around – June 20

Judy Frank hosted another one of her Dine-Arounds and from what we hear, it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for always being willing to host Judy! If anyone of our members would like to host a monthly Dine-Around, please contact Julie Edwards at Thanks.

IWF Oregon & Western Region Retreat – June 22-24

Trusteeship Board member, Susan Rose, along with members Ruth Galanter and Sara Miller McCune, were fortunate enough to attend the IWF Oregon and Western Region Retreat hosted by the Oregon IWF chapter. This was the second time Oregon organized a regional retreat and approximately fifty women participated from six states and Canada including Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

The focal point of the weekend was the Willamette Valley Wine Country where all stayed and participated in various events. Several of the Oregon members own vineyards or are involved in some aspect of the industry. On both Friday and Saturday night, dinner was held in a winery. Friday night all were feted at the Sokol Blosser Winery owned by Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry. On Saturday night all dined at the Red Ridge Nursery that grows grapes and olives. Penny Durant, the owner, created the first commercial olive oil mill in Oregon where all walked the vineyards and tasted both wine and olive oil.

During the weekend the group toured historic McMinnville and learned about their restoration efforts; listened to a panel discussion of the wine industry; and, spent time in a beautiful art gallery, Art Elements, where members created their own art projects. Throughout the weekend the group learned a great deal about Oregon’s premier wine – pinot noir.

The weather in the Willamette Valley was gorgeous and not too far off Mt Hood could be seen. The Oregon women were great hosts and The Trusteeship group met several women from Sun Valley, Idaho. All and all it was a glorious weekend.

At the farewell brunch on Sunday at the beautiful Allison Inn and Spa suggestions were made for the next retreat. Southern California was high on everyone’s list!

LA84 – June 12

Trusteeship members and Founding LA84 Foundation Board Members Yvonne Burke and Maureen Kindel and Trusteeship member and President & CEO LA84, Renata Simril, invited their Trusteeship sisters to a great panel conversation at LA84 in Los Angeles.  Much was discussed but specifically the legacy of the Olympics in Los Angeles and the future 2028 Olympics.

We began our evening enjoying a summer cocktail in the courtyard of the historic Brett House with lovely music playing in the background. After cocktails we then dined in the Olympic Lounge (formerly known as the library) and took a peek at their vast Olympic collection. 

After dinner we met Olympians, Gary Hall, Jr. and Trusteeship member Anita L. DeFrantz, who were interviewed by noted Olympic journalist, Alan Abrahamson, about their ties to LA84, their Olympic lives and their involvement in bringing the Olympics back to Los Angeles in 2028.  This was a fascinating summer conversation program and all there enjoyed it immensely.

Topics discussed by the panel:

Play equity gap — The playing field is not currently equal for young people to play sports. The immense costs to parents and families to facilitate their child to play sport is extraordinary and way beyond a normal household’s income. That is where LA84 steps in for the youth of Los Angeles, they help fund youth sport where it is needed.

Anita touched on the Olympics boycott in 1980 that was held in Russia and she’s still mad that she couldn’t go.

1984 Olympics were a huge inspiration to Gary in laying the foundation of his Olympic goals.

Anita: What did you remember the most: Opening ceremony. Equestrian. Soccer. Spending the whole day with Tom Bradly and walking around the entire Olympic Village. Torch relay.

5 rings are the most recognizable on earth.

Gary: When did you know you’d be good at swimming: The summer after his 16th year. Had to do it by himself and his father was a big deal but he had to do it himself.

Anita: Shared about living in the Olympic Village and respecting one another and Everyone there is special and not everyone is going to win. The dining room was more of an equal playing field. North and South Korea dinned together in the dining room everyday in the Village and no one saw that. It is very very special in the Village.

Gary: In 2000 he was in a tie with Anthony (Tony) Irvin in the 50 freestyle. 16 years later Tony comes back as the oldest man on the swim team and won a gold medal in Rio. Amazing.

Alan, who co-authored a book with Michael Phelps: Michael didn’t think he’d beat Mark Spitz record in Beijing.

Anita:  1 of 4 women on the 15 person executive committee.

47 % women in Rio.

LA84 started with $93 million.

88% of LA wanted the Olympics. 15,000 Olympians live in SoCal.

‘32 and ‘84 were LA Olympics. Peter Ueberroth changed how Olympics we’re produced as far as obtaining funding.

What should the legacy of 2028 games be?  Olympic Blvd was named after the 1932 Olympics. Currently, LA doesn’t have to build anything here for the 2028 Olympics because our infrastructure is already built. Legacy will be human and not just the buildings.

Bordertown Now – Pasadena Playhouse – June 1

The Trusteeship enjoyed a special dinner and talk at The Valley Hunt Club followed by a performance of “Bordertown Now” at the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse!

Danny Feldman, the Pasadena Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director joined The Trusteeship at the lovely Valley Hunt Club where we were hosted by Trusteeship member The Hon. Lee Edmon and her husband, The Hon. Dick Burdge who are members of this special club. Danny shared his history with us, his background is quit extensive and how he is putting his stamp on Pasadena and the Playhouse there. He was a breath of fresh air with an affable disposition that I’m sure no one could object to. He really walked us through the process of producing the show we were about to see and sprinkled it with insider info that made us all feel very special and included in the making of the production.

The show itself was a fun expression on a very tough topic and warmed the audience to it’s point….that the border issue with Mexico and the United States is very dimensional and the answers are tough to figure out. It was fun, compassionate, telling and inspirational!

Bordertown Now: An Interview With Culture Clash

About Bordertown Now: Twenty years after their searing hit Bordertown premiered, LA’s very own Culture Clash returns to the southern border to investigate the state of affairs once again. Re-imagined, remixed and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent look at the people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button controversial issues, and the walls that divide us all. Infused with their trademark comedic approach, the nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio joins Obie Award-winning director Diane Rodriguez to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down the divisions between cultures.

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