Hi All, We have lots of great news to report this week so let's get
right to it. The location of the dinner will be the Monsoon Cafe,
1212 Third Street Promenade, less than a five minute drive from the
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. For those of you not familiar with
the area, the Promenade is a three-block stretch which is closed to
vehicular traffic. There is ample public, private, valet and street
parking. Directions, including a map showing the various nearby
parking locations, will be up on the Ganoksin website shortly and a
link will be posted as soon as it's available.
At the Monsoon Cafe, we will have a lovely private room with
"Pacific Rim" cuisine in the form of a buffet featuring dishes from
various Asian countries (including Thailand, which seems quite
apropos considering Orchid's "home town"!). The basic space holds 80
but it can be expanded to accommodate a maximum of 120 if need be.
This means that those of you who already stated that you would or
might like to bring a guest may do so. Since we have to give the
restaurant sufficient notice if we're going to use the extra space,
however, we are now asking you to "put your money where your mouth
The per person cost of the dinner is $36.00. Checks should be made
out to Beth Rosengard and sent -- as soon as possible --
to Beth Rosengard,
857 S. Holt Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035.
If you would like confirmation that your check has been received,
please include a note to that effect along with your email address.
Attention vegetarians! If you are a no-red-meat vegan, there will
be sufficient seafood and chicken dishes from which you can choose.
If you are a no-meat-at-all vegan, please note that fact when you
send in your check. If there are just a few of you, the restaurant
will provide special meals (at no extra charge); if it turns out that
there are a whole lot of you, we will instead modify the main menu to
include at least one meatless entree.
Please note that you do not need to have RSVP'd previously; all you
have to do at this point is send in your check (and note your email
address). We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join
Next ... there is more great news to report about the Silent
Auction. The TBA donation from PM West can now be announced! It is
one admission to Kraftwerks 2004, a value of $640! If you're not
familiar with Kraftwerks, you can read about it at
http://www.thekraftwerks.com/. Briefly though, it is a jewelry
arts seminar held every summer in Ontario, CA, described as, "Two
full days of masterful presentations on specific crafts in jewelry
manufacture by the worlds best craftsmen and designers." Past
presenters have even included the odd Orchidian (such as Jim Binnion
Also, Steve Green of Rough & Ready Gems has donated a gorgeous pair
of drilled, lavender-pink rhodolites, including 18ky pin-caps for
mounting. Check here for a look at Steve's briolette line:
http://www.briolettes.com/. And, finally, Corliss & John Rose of
2Roses Studios (http://www.2rosesstudios.com/) have donated a piece
of their imaginative and unique, hand-made jewelry.
Thanks to all our donors!! If you would like to contribute an item
to help keep Orchid healthy (value at least $100), please get in
touch ASAP. The address for questions, comments, donations, good
jokes is <@Beth_Rosengard>. More next week.