Rose Queen Shares Hope, Gratitude for New Year

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Special to the Outlook Valley Sun

At 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 — while our neighbors were fast asleep in the homes all around us — the Royal Court and I were excitedly waking up for the day.
I heard the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ van pull up to my house and jumped in, joining Princesses Ava Feldman and Jaeda Walden. In our matching Christmas pajamas, we immediately huddled up together and laughed through the cold of the morning.
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Queen Nadia Holds New Year Traditions Dear

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Although Rose Queen Nadia Chung has never physically attended the Tournament of Roses Parade, it is a tradition closely held to her heart.
As a young girl growing up in La Cañada Flintridge, she would watch the parade on the television with her family every single New Year’s Day — a pastime that she fondly remembers melding her Korean roots with being American.
The longstanding tradition originated from her grandparents, who emigrated from Korea and found a sense of belonging through the parade.
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Wine & Roses Celebration Is Saturday

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host its annual Wine & Roses Celebration this Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flintridge Riding Club at 4 p.m.
The reception will have food, beverages and wine tasting in a casual setting.
The event will raise funds to support the design, construction and decoration of the LCFTRA’s 44th annual Rose Parade float entry, “Who Says We Can’t?” The organization’s entry has been a frequent award-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979.
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Wine & Roses Celebration Is Nov. 6

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host its annual Wine & Roses Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flintridge Riding Club at 4 p.m.
The reception will have food, beverages and wine tasting in a casual setting.
The event will raise funds to support the design, construction and decoration of the LCFTRA’s 44th annual Rose Parade float entry, “Who Says We Can’t?” The organization’s entry has been a frequent award-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979.
“We are proud to be a part of America’s New Year’s celebration that brings worldwide recognition to our community,” the organization said in a statement.
The float that the LCFTRA has budgeted this year is $130,000.
The cost of the Wine & Roses Celebration is $85, and the LCFTRA expects to raise $30,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships along with the live and silent auctions.
The Wine & Roses Celebration event will also introduce the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Queen and the Royal Court as the LCFTRA honors the foresight and leadership of its founding members from 1979.
To learn more about LCFTRA or become a sponsor, visit lcftra.org.
LCFTRA will be following COVID-19 guidelines at the event.

Shakespeare Club Hosts Rose Queen’s Luncheon

Photos courtesy Shakespeare Club of Pasadena Rose Princesses Georgia Cervenka and Sydney Pickering, Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny, Trina Freeny, Shakespeare Club Vice President Anne David, Rose Queen Isabella Marez, and Princesses Julianne Lauenstein and Savannah Bradley attended the Shakespeare Club’s luncheon.
Photos courtesy Shakespeare Club of Pasadena
Rose Princesses Georgia Cervenka and Sydney Pickering, Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny, Trina Freeny, Shakespeare Club Vice President Anne David, Rose Queen Isabella Marez, and Princesses Julianne Lauenstein and Savannah Bradley attended the Shakespeare Club’s luncheon.

The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena recently welcomed the 100th Rose Queen Isabella Marez and the Royal Court to the villa for the annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon held in their honor. There were 100 guests in attendance. As guests arrived, they were greeted by distinguished members of the Shakespeare Club and Tournament Officials. During the reception hour, attendees were offered a glass of champagne or rose-scented lemonade and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while listening to live piano music and conversing with the Royal Court and tournament officials. Continue reading “Shakespeare Club Hosts Rose Queen’s Luncheon”

100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.

If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”

LCHS Princesses ‘Make a Difference’ on Royal Court

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
La Cañada High School seniors Georgia Cervenka and Julianne Lauenstein have embraced their role on the Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

The whole princess thing takes some getting used to, but by now Julianne Lauenstein is comfortable with it. Her La Cañada High School classmate Georgia Cervenka is getting close.
Both young women were named to the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court in October and have since attended dozens of functions, serving enthusiastically with five others on the court as ambassadors for the organization and for the Pasadena area.
Lauenstein, who’s eyeing a career in medicine, had some practice. She’s also spent 2017 as a member of the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court, attending dozens of local functions and serving as an ambassador for her hometown and its Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “LCHS Princesses ‘Make a Difference’ on Royal Court”

Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition

Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.
Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann
Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.

When the Pasadena Museum of History began piecing together its “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit, curators felt they were on a bit of a fishing expedition, cautiously dipping into a century of archives that revealed bits and pieces of former royals, as well as years reflecting war, celebration and social change.
They reached out to all the former royals they could locate, asking for memorabilia and photos.
In return, they received a flood of loaned items and, more importantly, memories that tied all the pieces together. More than 70 former queens and princesses responded to the outreach, many personally bringing back the items to the museum. Continue reading “Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition”

LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.

In Pasadena on Monday, seven Rose princesses — including two from La Cañada High School — and 30 other finalists were celebrated for their goodness, just hours after horror transpired in Las Vegas.
“These young women have shown they believe in the power of kindness, of selfless service, and now they stand ready to make an even greater difference,” said Dave Link, chair of the Tournament of Roses Royal Queen and Court Committee, with a nod this this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Making a Difference.”
“We’re all reading the news about the tragedy in Las Vegas, the senseless deaths,” Link continued, asking his audience to contribute funds or blood to help victims in the nation’s deadliest shooting. “It seems odd having a celebration in the wake of that news, but we have 37 young ladies who have looked forward to this for a very long time and who have worked hard for the past few months. It doesn’t seem right not to celebrate.” Continue reading “LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court”

Miss LCF Paints Picture of a Dream Come True

The crown fits.
Sarah Ann Settles celebrated her 17th birthday last month with great fanfare: At the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce’s 105th Installation and Awards Gala, she was named 2017 Miss LCF — a dream come true for a girl who grew up being inspired by members of past LCF Royal Courts.

OUTLOOK photo Miss La Cañada Flintridge Sarah Ann Settles (center) is flanked by her family: Megan Spitler, Ian Smith, and Carol, Jim and Shannon Settles.
OUTLOOK photo
Miss La Cañada Flintridge Sarah Ann Settles (center) is flanked by her family: Megan Spitler, Ian Smith, and Carol, Jim and Shannon Settles.

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