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Barnstorming tour Stables open doors in celebration of area’s horsey heritage Submitted by Lisa M. Krieger, a member of the Horse Park at Woodside and Portola Valley Pony Club, and a volunteer with Portola Valley Trails Association.
restored Folger Barn, have an air of grandiosity. Others are contemporary and more private, owned by Silicon Valley professionals. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a Olympic equespolo demonstration trienne Gina Miles, and performance by carriage rides, an art a 12-horse drill team, exhibit and seven of as well as a sale of the Peninsula’s most equestrian paintings, lovely barns are feabronze statues, and tured in a celebration other art. There also of our rural heriwill be a talk on trail tage on Sunday, Oct. etiquette. 24, in the “Day In On display at one the Country Stable barn is a children’s Tour” fundraiser. play structure by Miles, a 2008 Beithe esteemed North jing Silver Medalist, Carolina sculptor will sign autographs Patrick Doughand perform a jumperty, recently feaing demonstration tured in the New at the event, which York Times for his Photo property of Gina Miles supports the newly weaving of natuequestrienne created Portola Val- Olympic ral materials into Gina Miles ley Trails Association whirling, animated and the longtime Northern Cali- shapes. fornia hunt club, the Los Altos Tickets ($25 each, and free Hounds. to children under 5) and tour The featured barns — some his- and event information may be toric, others new — will open their picked up the morning of the doors for public tours, welcoming tour at the Portola Valley Town visitors with a fragrance of leather, Center, 765 Portola Road, Porgrain, and molasses as sweet as tola Valley. Call 650-851-2551 perfume. Some, such as the newly for more information.
Menlo Park woman fulfills dream to open art gallery in San Francisco By Samantha Bergeson Special to the Almanac
fter 20 years in medical start-up companies, including Intuitive Surgical and EndroGastric Solutions, Joan McLoughlin of Menlo Park is pursuing her dream to open an art gallery in San Francisco. An opening night celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary St., Suite 200. Opening in October is significant for her, since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ms. McLoughlin, who was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2008, plans to give 5 percent of her profits to Stanford Cancer Center, where she worked as a nurse, and San Francisco-based Glide Memorial Church, to fund children’s art programs.
“It has taken me this long to realize I need to follow my dream and open an art gallery,” she said. “It is a crazy idea in the midst of a depressed economy, but … it is what I am destined to do.” A resident of Menlo Park for 19 years, she is driven by her self-described “entrepreneurial spirit” and love for challenges. She began collecting art in her early 20s. The gallery will exhibit a variety of media, ranging from paintings to photography, primarily by established European artists, although works of San Francisco and Los Angeles artists will be sold as well, she said. For the gallery’s premiere evening, all of the artists housed will be showcased, and at least two artists will be in attendance, she said.
Photo by Mark Bowles
Among those in the cast are, from left, Matt Waters, Cheryl Ringman and Joseph Bresett.
Community theater tries something new By Kate Daly Special to The Almanac
oodside Community Theatre is trying something new when it presents the Bay Area premier of the Tony award-winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 and Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. The show has a smaller cast than usual — 25 performers — with no children under 17 and no large chorus. It’s also a departure from the classic musicals WCT has put on for years. Director Dan Demers calls “The Drowsy Chaperone” “the antithesis of Fiddler,” referring to last year’s production, “Fiddler on the Roof.” “We wanted something that was new, current and fresh, something that would take the audience away from what’s going on, so it can relax, have fun and enjoy the theater,” Mr. Demers said. This is his first time directing this group. In the past he has directed at Hillbarn Theatre and Serra School. A show within a show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” ran on Broadway, and earned five Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Book and Best Music. Bob Martin and Don McKellar wrote the book; Lisa Lambert and Greg
Morrison composed the music and lyrics. Set in the 1920s, the comedy starts with a man listening to show tunes in his living room when suddenly a full-blown musical springs to life centered around a Broadway starlet seeking love. Elizabeth Santana of San Jose plays that part, reined in at times by The Drowsy Chaperone, or Darlene Batchelder of Woodside. She describes her
On the cover Darlene Batchelder of Woodside plays the title role and Damian Marhefka is Aldolpho in the Bay Area premier of “The Drowsy Chaperone” running Oct. 29 through Nov. 7 at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. Photo by Mark Bowles. role as a “diva — she’s big and bold and does everything she wants to do.” This season is Ms. Batchelder’s fifth season with WCT. Her husband, Darrel, is in the ensemble after appearing in several WCT shows, as well. She launched her acting career when she was a student at Woodside High a few decades ago, and played Yenta in WCT’s production last year. Ms. Batchelder sees this year’s show as an entirely different experience. “It’s really an
ensemble cast of people who’ve had leads in shows,” she says. Ron Lopez, for example, who plays The Man in the Chair or narrator of this musical, had a big part in WCT’s “Guys N Dolls,” and so did Damian Marhefka who is appearing as Aldolpho. Cheryl Ringman plays another lead, Kitty, in her seventh WCT show. Mrs. Tottendale is portrayed by Brenda Harris who started her acting career at age 7 as Imogene Coca’s daughter on TV. Co-producer Claudia McCarley describes the music as “very upbeat; it takes off from the Golden Age of musicals and is a parody on all of those.” Ms. McCarley has appeared in many WCT productions since the group was revived in 2003, but this time around she’s taking a break from the stage to produce, and watch her daughter, Jacquie, perform in the ensemble. Co-producer Donna Losey is back producing and supporting her actress daughter, Brigitte. This is Brigitte’s eighth WCT show. The same holds true for fellow Woodside High senior LeeAnn Patrick. They’re both in the ensemble. Ms. Patrick’s family is glad to live in Woodside close to rehearsals because her father, Akio, is the set designer and See DROWSY, page 23
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Jonelle Grace Madsen of Atherton, recently celebrated 70th wedding anniversary Jonelle Grace Madsen, who resided in Atherton for the past 36 years, died Oct. 8, just a few weeks after she and her husband Thor Madsen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1923 and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. At the age of 14, while in high school, she met Thor, the â€œlove of her life,â€? say family members. Two years later, they married. She lived in San Carlos for 30 years before moving to Atherton. She was a member of Little House Activity Center (she always looked forward to Monday movies), the Atherlons, and an investment group. Throughout her life, say fam-