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.

Local Royalty: Tournament of Roses Chooses 2022 Court

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After a yearlong pandemic hiatus, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses returned to an iconic tradition to announce the seven members of the 2022 Royal Court this week, including two La Cañada Flintridge princesses.
Amid much fanfare from a masked crowd, Stephen Perry, chair of the Tournament’s Queen and Court Committee, welcomed parents and supporters as he called the 29 court finalists to the stage. Noting “what a two years it has been,” Perry gave a nod to the slew of previous cancellations, including those of the 2021 Royal Court, local Rose Bowl Game and Rose Parade, that were caused by the coronavirus and resulting public health measures.
“They will not be the first Royal Court to deal and navigate through interesting times in our history, and they won’t be the last,” he said of the girls. “But having met them, I know they will meet each and every challenge with grace and positive thinking to make their world a better place.”
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LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade

Photo courtesy Risha family
LCF resident and Tournament of Roses Royal Court member Emilie Risha enjoys the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge again gained national attention during the Dodoas a local float won a special award and a student from LCF was prominently featured as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member.
The LCF Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School,” which drolly depicted playful, colorful birds, received the Bob Hope Humor Award. Meanwhile, city resident Emilie Risha could be seen at the televised parade with her fellow Rose Princesses and the Rose Queen.
Television coverage host Leeza Gibbons had kind words about “Dodo Bird Flight School” as it made its way on the 5.5-mile journey on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The bright yellow and red float featured a number of avian characters, including one on a separate auxiliary float. The float proceeded along the route as Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” boomed in the background. Continue reading “LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade”

Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float

Photo courtesy Randy Shulman
“Cultivating Curiosity,” Huntington Library’s first float in 50 years, won the Golden State Award for the “most outstanding depiction of life in California.”

The Huntington Library struck gold in Pasadena last week.
The centenarian institution joined forces with a fellow California hallmark — the Rose Parade — on New Year’s Day, making its first appearance in float form in the last half-century. Its return was well received: the library earned the Golden State Award from the Tournament of Roses, bestowed on the float for “most outstanding depiction of life in California.” Continue reading “Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float”

Pandas, Princesses, Floats: The Perfect Rose Parade

Photos by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge’s float, “Panda-monium,” was a hit with spectators and judges, adding a sixth Bob Hope Humor Award to the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s collection.

If the millions of television viewers who tune into the Rose Parade each year know anything about La Cañada Flintridge, it’s that the town has a healthy sense of humor — and, apparently, a soft spot for pandas.
For the third consecutive year and fifth time in the past seven years, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Float Association produced an entry — “Panda-monium” — worthy of the Bob Hope Humor Award. LCF’s entry has earned an award for seven consecutive years, and 29 times in its 40-year history.
“When we had the judging, we made the judges laugh, and that’s the whole point of the La Cañada float,” said Chuck Terhune, LCFTRA president. “We’re whimsical and funny and surprising.” Continue reading “Pandas, Princesses, Floats: The Perfect Rose Parade”

No Yawns With Jann of Sweden

Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.
Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.

As a barber, cowboy, storyteller, Santa Claus and parade rider, Jann Eldnor certainly qualifies as one of the most interesting men in San Marino.
He is not normally called by his surname, but rather Jann of Sweden. It’s how he answers the telephone at his barbershop on Huntington Drive, which essentially doubles as a museum of his adventures, displaying the various knickknacks of Americana he’s collected since he immigrated here 47 years ago. Continue reading “No Yawns With Jann of Sweden”