Last night I was honored and delighted to be invited to particpate in a Pasadena History Museum members’ event. Tom Coston and Patricia Hurley of the Light Bringer Project were presenting a historical look at the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade with appearances by Count Smokula, Roobie Breastnut and myself, the reigning Queen. Also in attendance was the third Doo Dah queen Suzy Wilson.
The event was held at a beautiful home in Pasadena. The house was transitional, meaning it is a mix of Victorian and Craftsman architecture. It had bold lines and lots of gorgeous wood- oak, cedar and redwood, and was decorated as it may have looked in the past.
We all gathered by the pergola outside, which was awash with a lush wisteria vine. Just steps away there was a rose garden, mostly in bloom, and made extra special because of the little plaques at each bush stating the name of the rose for visitors. The rose garden paths all converged on a fountain filled with lillies. It was all-serenity and a zen moment for me with the sun setting slowly as I wandered the grounds.
The hostess served up a scrumptious offering of appetizers, fruits, cheeses and more. And red and white wine, as well as soft drinks, poured freely.
As dusk settled into evening, we took our places for Tom’s lecture. Count Smokula opened the talk with some tunes on his accordion and played musical ditties to highlight the lecture. We looked at slides and listened to Tom’s comments, snippets of history and a few bad jokes.
During intermission the Count played again, this time Roobie joined him. She danced and handed out flowers to the crowd. Then it was my turn. I did a short dance to “Put a Spell on You,” using my veil and three swords. The audience seemed to enjoy it and had fun with me.
I also took to the podium to share my thoughts about how much being Doo Dah Queen means to me and how we all need to reach out and support the different causes we like, as this is one way to spread what the world needs most- love.
Please enjoy these photos of my evening by Terry Miller (aka Sir Terence of the Camera Obscura).