|Santa Clause Spotted at ENCORE Party|
|December 17, 2003|
|By: Carla Zuber|
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|A winter storm didn't dampen spirits of the San Francisco Ballet's ENCORE which rang in the holiday season by hosting the third annual member night at the Nutcracker. Following a superb performance of this holiday favorite, ballet attendees adjourned to the Ovation at the Inn at the Opera where party chairs Heather Gunshor and Kathleen Noonan welcomed more than 150 guests to enjoy La Crema wines and beer from Pyramid Brewery along with a host of savory treats. |
Santa Clause (aka Howard Huberty, who took time off from organizing this year's opening gala event for ENCORE) made a quick stop to talk to the good boys and girls. Fredericka Drum and Melissa Geisler whispered their secret wishes to Santa. ENCORE president Anne-Marie Fowler chatted with La Crema winemaker Melissa Stackhouse. Also in attendance were V'Anne Singleton, Samara Diapoulos, John Hopkins, Jocelyn Ferguson, Elaine Mellis, Matt Stephen-Hassard, and Karin McKinnell.
The Spinsters of San Francisco held their annual holiday ball at the University Club. The cabaret-style evening took a French turn with the theme "Moulin Rouge". President Lisa Ligon and Ball chairs Elizabeth Spiering and Martina Sola organized a terrific evening for the ladies and their dates that included a yummy dinner complemented with French wines by Vintage '59 imports. The evening continued with dancing to Double Funk Crunch as guests overlooked the San Francisco skyline. Board members Dana Marie Sanchez, Elizabeth Conrady, Andrea Skor and Morgan Keller enjoyed the evening.
The St. Luke's Auxiliary recently held their 52nd Annual Musee de Noel at the Palace Hotel. Many of San Francisco's notable faces donned fashions for men, women and children before hitting the cat walk. Bidding got hot for the many silent auction items and even hotter for the live auction which included a luxurious Mediterranean cruise. Committee member Carol Engelbrecht had a fun table with a bird's eye view of the fashion show.
As you are making your list and checking it twice, please remember to cast your ballot for the 4th Annual Social Domain Party of the Year. Don't worry - we won't have the BCS decide #1 for us (a sore subject with your's truly). Readers are encouraged to review the archives to jog those fuzzy memories. Please tell me which party you think was #1 and why you think it deserves to win. Let the games begin ...