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Decorator Show House opens By Jane Knoerle Almanac Lifestyles Editor
eninsula Volunteers are putting on their first Decorator Show House in 40 years and the first show house locally in almost 10 years. Nancy Greenbach of Atherton is chairman of the show, which opens Saturday, May 4, and continues to Friday, May 24. in Woodside. As a delegate to a recent national convention, Ms. Greenbach kept hearing that “everybody was doing show houses.” Returning home, Ms. Greenbach convinced fellow members that a show house would be a fitting way to mark the Peninsula Volunteers’ 65th anniversary as a pioneer in senior services. The Peninsula Decorator Show House is a “California Monterey Colonial,” built in 1938 and updated some 20 years ago. It is situated on 21 acres that include
gardens and stables. The land was originally part of a Spanish land grant given to Simon Mezes by the widow of Luis Arguello, an early governor of California. Mr. Mezes assisted in verifying her land grant claim through the U.S. Supreme Court. The Show House features 20 rooms styled by Bay Area designers. It is special for Woodside because of its size, around 11,000 square feet, according to Thalia Lubin of the Woodside History Committee. The largest house that can currently be built in Woodside is 6,000 square feet, with a maximum variance to 8,000 feet. Special events at the mansion will include meet-the-designer evenings to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the gardens, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Local designers that will be exhibiting in the house
include Miller Design of Woodside, By the Bay Design, Morgan Design Group, Coldiron Interiors, and RHI Interior Design, all of Menlo Park. Flegel’s of Menlo Park will be doing a patio design. Designer Chair is Jill Jerrehian. Plein air painters will be setting up their easels in the gardens and musical groups, including, Barbershoppers, will entertain. The Show House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, May 4 to 24 (closed Mondays). General admission is $35. Designer evenings on Thursday are $50. Reservations are required. Complimentary shuttles are available as is parking at The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road. The event is limited to adults and children ages 12 and up. Visit www.penvol.org or call 381-9933 for tickets and information. A
The Peninsula’s first Decorator Show House in nearly a decade will open May 4 in Woodside.
Singer Daryl Hall at Portola Valley LymeAid benefit The Bay Area Lyme Foundation will host its first LymeAid benefit concert, featuring singer and guitarist Daryl Hall, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at a private home in Portola Valley. The benefit will include a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, and live auction before the performance by Mr. Hall, who is, himself, battling the effects of Lyme disease. Tickets for individual seats are $1,000. “Our mission at Bay Area Lyme Foundation is to accelerate medical breakthroughs that will make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, “ says Ana Thompson, executive director at Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Although Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States, the search for solutions is underfunded, receiving only $1 per patient for every $910 spent on West Nile disease, according to Ms. Thompson. While Lyme disease can usually be treated with antibiotics if caught early, it is often misdiagnosed, leading to a much more debilitating illness, she said. Go to bayarealyme.org or call 530-2439 for more information
Filoli flower show Childhood stories will magi-
cally come to life in “Petal Tales, Once Upon a Time,” Filoli’s 25th anniversary flower show, to be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 through 12, at the historic Woodside estate. The show’s theme — interpreting children’s storybooks with flowers — will be reflected through flower arrangements, plant collections, table settings, children’s exhibits and garden landscapes. The four days of festivities will include Mother’s Day teas, champagne brunches, boxed lunches, flower-arranging demonstrations, and musical performances. The flower show begins with an opening night reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 9. In keeping with the theme and 25th anniversary, Mrs. Roth’s son, William, and twin daughters, Lurline Coonan and Berenice Spalding, will be guests. Visitors will be able to meet designers, while viewing their exhibits, and stroll through the gardens at dusk. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for others. The traditional Mother’s Day champagne buffet brunch is scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.