Many attend Labor Day pancake breakfast


September 09, 2010|By Barbara Diamond
  • From left, Katelyn Ostrander, Danielle Gee, and Sabrina VonBogenburg were volunteers for the Labor Day Pancake Breakfast.
From left, Katelyn Ostrander, Danielle Gee, and Sabrina… (Courtesy Donna…)

Laguna says goodbye to the summer tourist season the same way it says hello — with a pancake breakfast at Heisler Park.

Lots goes on in between.

Katie Moss reported Monday that Cosima Qazi is the new owner of La Rue du Chocolat in Peppertree Lane, which Moss manages.

Realtor Patricia Truman said she had a wonderful summer.

"Business was good," she said. "In fact everything in my life is better than last year."

Barbara Painter had a really busy summer, starting with granddaughter, Samantha' s 18th birthday party at the White House restaurant. The birthday bash was followed by Samantha's graduation from Laguna Beach High School, from which her mother, Wendy Potter, had graduated in 1978.

"The following week my sister, who is 81, her 87-year-old husband, their son, children and grandchildren were here for a week, with lunch and dinner for 22 every day," Painter said.

The fourth of July brought more guests. Hey, that's the price we pay for living in Laguna.


Then, a week ago, Potter celebrated her 50th birthday at the Royal Hawaiian with friends from kindergartner to now and family.

"I loved every minute of it, but I am celebrated out," Painter said.

Breakfast organizer Sande St. John also had visitors. Her son, Todd (T. J.), and his fiancée, Alina Ilnicka, came from New Jersey to suss out locations for their wedding next year.

Bree Burgess Rosen, of course, spent some of her summer preparing for the 2010 "Lagunatics."

Look out, Ken Frank. You thought that gold lame jacket worn by someone playing you last year was over the top—just imagine what your retirement after more than 30 years at the helm of Laguna has inspired.

All Burgess Rosen would say is the number has taken a lot of rehearsal.

Also in crowd: former Mayor Wayne Peterson, arts patron and Realtor Bobbi Cox, Mark and past Laguna Beach Seniors Inc. President Pauline Walpin, Ginger Hatfield, Mike Lyon, Anthony Pica, Boutique Benefit's Evonne Kane and former resident Sandy Thornton, remembered by many as the founding executive director of SchoolPower, when its offices were in the Lumberyard Mall.

And: Diane Valentine and Mike Soto, Margaret Warder, Pam Wicks, 2010 Citizen of the Year Dr. Korey Jorgensen, Dr. Bill Anderson, Peggy and Assistant City Manager John Pietig, and Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman, who was celebrating her birthday.

Laguna Beach Live! founder Cindy Prewitt said she had been out walking before the breakfast so she could have pancakes. That's Cindy—always planning ahead.

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