View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


SCV Scene: Homes for the holidays

Posted: December 13, 2008 9:02 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 4:59 a.m.
I love the rainy, gloomy weather this weekend. It almost "feels" like the holidays, doesn't it?

Holiday Light Tour 15
It was an honor to be part of the wonderful judging crew who gave up a full evening during the holiday season to spend nearly seven hours crisscrossing the SCV to judge the many, many fantastic holiday lightening displays. The hospitality of the entrants made us all realize how lucky we are to live in the SCV.

All of the judges remarked how much they enjoyed the many generous offerings of Kahlua, hot cocoa, cookies and in particular, chili. It was an honor to visit with so many great subscribers. In addition, there were a couple of entries that got lost in the Internet soup, so please take the time to visit the homes of Doug Swaim, 26819 Kendall Lane, Stevenson Ranch (take Poe to Brooks Circle to Kendall) and Thad and Karen Kleszcz, 23258 Chervil Court, Valencia. Also, visit to see the Light Tour judges in action on video.

Henry Mayo Home Tour is fab
Nothing puts me in the mood for the holidays more than the Henry Mayo Home Tour. This year's event, scaled back to a single home and a gala, was a fabulous treat for the senses, from Greg Amsler's Salt Creek Grille "Winter Wonderland Martini" (can we have that added permanently to the Salt Creek Grille drink menu?) to Jeanna Crawford's amazing decorating talent to Tamra Levine's (and Salt Creek Grille's) awesome hors d'oeuvres, this year's Home Tour Gala was an evening to treasure and remember.

The hospitality of Dianne and Wayne Crawford in opening their home for this cherished event will be long remembered.

Seen at Home Tour Gala
Valerie and Ed Masterson, Clyde and Sue Smyth, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and wife Lena Smyth, Cheri Fleming, Lina and Roger Seaver, Diana Vose and Ernest Guaderrama, Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Julia and Jim Hicken, Jim Walker and Kim Altobello, Jeff and Linda Seaton, Tim and Debbie Burkhart, John Schleif, Bob and Margo Hudson, Bob and Diane Benjamin, Greg and Chell Amsler, Marlee Lauffer, Shelley Hann, Tracy McWilliams, City Councilwoman Laurie Ender with hubby Chris Ender, Dianne and Wayne Crawford, Jeanna and Kyle Crawford and Sheryl and John Geraci.

Are you ready for the New Year?
Help ring in the New Year at the LETMESAIL New Year's Eve "Bon Voyage Ball" at the Hyatt Valencia. The full dinner party, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature hors d'oeuvres, a four-course dinner and dessert bar. There will be magic in the air as a professional Magic Castle magician will provide entertainment. There will also be music, dancing and casino game tables with a chance to win raffle prizes. For those wanting to enjoy the after-dinner experience tickets are $30 per person. Info: or (661) 702-8555.

...also for the New Year
The Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St., Newhall, will host a New Year's Eve party, Carnivale di Venezia, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31. Space limited; RSVP required by Dec. 22. Dancing, meet the winemaker Bret Engelman of Engelmann Cellars. Tickets: $60 per person advance, $100 per couple advance, $75 per person at the door (21 and older). Info: (661) 288-0000 or

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...