Many groups have missions such as supporting the arts, mentoring young people and improving education in schools.
The Pantaloon Maverick Society (PMS) Bettys, however, are organized to have fun with friends.
In the last 20 years, the Bettys have traveled to Red River, N.M., for a weekend of fun and frivolity. They laugh, they dress up and they enjoy a bit of pampering. This year, only eight Bettys participated, but in some years there have been as many as 34.
The three-day weekend
started Sept. 11. The fun began with the small, but energy-charged bevy of beauties going on a high-mountain Jeep ride complete with live music.
Then the gang was back at the Motherlode for the Control Top Pantyhose Pro Rodeo. Events included barrel racing (doing a shot), sheer wrestling (getting the eponymous pantyhose over boots and jeans), and pole dancing. Regarding the latter, I'm told it's impossible to describe - one of those "you-had-to-be-there" activities - but hilarious both to attempt and observe. The winner and champion of the rodeo was Karen Rose, who is a Betty Beginner.
The women greatly enjoyed a day at the spa, with all kinds of treatments and pedicures.
Saturday's theme was Wild Women of the West, with the Bettys dressed as saloon girls. The day was replete with
watermelon margaritas, a
one-Jeep parade on Red River's Main Street and the awards banquet, which concluded with dancing.
Sunday was brunch at the Taos Inn before the exhausted and exhilarated ladies got on the road home. Was it fun? "You Betty believe it!" is their response.
The other Bettys lucky enough to go were Suzan Lane, Linda Mannix, Peg Ochsenreiter, Adele Nielsen, Candye Sauer, Darlene Redmond and Debbie Farrell.
I'm going to break out the pantyhose and start practicing for next year's adventure.
Talking about the Bettys, you may have seen the photo of the Colorado Grand classic car group that was in town Sept. 16. The Bettys also participated in making those visitors feel welcome to Durango in their saloon-girl garb. They "woo-hooed" their way into the hearts of the participants and found themselves posing for hundreds of photos. Members said it felt like they were under an onslaught from the paparazzi, in the best possible way.
The Bettys were only a
small part of the hospitable Durangoan group that welcomed the Colorado Grand and the members' more than 100 classic cars, valued at more than $10 million. Bob Kunkel and city staff blocked the 500 block of Main Avenue and set up tents in front of the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad Depot. Durango's Over-the-Hill Car Club directed the cars to their parking spots.
Mrs. Camp's Town Ladies were gracious hostesses. The Durango a Capella barbershoppers sang their hearts out. Durango High Noon Rotary arranged for lunch through 1887 Catering and member Emily Spencer, with 22 other members pitching in to make sure things went smoothly. For their good-spirited work, the Colorado Grand donated $3,500 toward the club's
The Colorado Grand also donated $5,000 to local philanthropy, making this a generous group long before they added dollars to our economy when they hit downtown merchants.
Eddie O'Brien, who serves as the Colorado Grand Community Liaison, said the group was overwhelmed by the party Durango put on.
"What a Ball!" his thank-you note read. "Your group made a lotta fun happen! We loved the quality of your lunch stop. It was way over the top. Thank you all!"
Way to put our best foot
Warming their hands over their birthday candles are Tim Biggert, Joan Southcotte,
Brian Borge, Leanne Moore, Steve Clay, Danielle Warwick, William Cooper, Betty Capen, Gary Goold, Stephanie Ogier, Cassaundra Hall, Michael Hert, Christian Lindler, Sunny Ketchum, Jim Burpee and Kim Eisner.
Special greetings go out to my friend and colleague Judith Reynolds.
The Adaptive Sports
Association continues to have as much fun raising money as it does providing outdoor
recreation activities for people of all ages who have cognitive or physical disabilities.
On Sept.17, the organization held its ninth annual Harvest Gala at Ken and Sue's. Always gracious hosts, Ken and Sue Fusco provided another memorable meal and a lot of hospitality.
While cruising the wide variety of silent-auction items, guests enjoyed shrimp satays with orange-honey dipping sauce, fontina-risotto balls, sirloin flatbread with roast-garlic aioli, oysters Rockefeller and sweet-and-sour Thai chicken wings
There were fewer guests in previous years, and they actually enjoyed a little extra room for meandering through the
inside booths; but it also meant the organization brought in about $13,000 less, raising about $37,000 compared with last year's $50,000.
That doesn't mean that businesses and individuals weren't as generous as always, as the ASA had great stuff on both the silent and live auction items.
After the cocktail hour, everyone moved out to the heated patio for a three-course dinner. It began with a salad with baby red Romaine, shaved pecorino, toasted pinenuts, pear chutney and lemon-basil vinaigrette.
For the entr`E9e, there was a choice of cornmeal-encrusted mahi-mahi served with asparagus spears, lobster dirty rice with tarragon hollandaise sauce or sliced roasted beef tenderloin accompanied by basil-Yukon smashers, saut`E9ed greens and crispy leeks with portobello bordelaise sauce.
Anyone who had room left in their stomach enjoyed homemade sweet-potato pie on a graham-cracker crust, maple anglaise with homemade vanilla whipped cream. Republic National Distributing and Murphy-Goode Vineyard
donated the delightful wines and Ska Brewing Co. contributed its Pinstripe for the beer connoisseurs.
Calvin and Pat Story donated what was probably the 100th evening this year of their auctioneering skills.
Kudos go to Event Chairwoman Lee Hagar and her crew of volunteers, who included Susan Tait and Carol House. (I misplaced my
program, so please don't take it personally that I didn't name the rest of you.)
Believe it or not, next week is October, the pink month.
Unless you've been living in a cave, you've noticed that pink ribbons proliferate like Tribbles during the 10th month of the year as everyone - women, men and children, companies and individuals - focus on providing treatment to women (and men) battling breast cancer and on funding research to eradicate the disease. In Durango, the first activity in a month full of them is the Journey of Hope, a 5K Family Run/Walk to raise money for women who cannot afford to get mammograms. And mammograms are still our best front line of diagnosis.
Journey of Hope was founded by Joanne Spina, in memory of her mother, who died of the disease. This year's journey, the 15th, will take place Oct. 3 at the playground by the softball fields at Fort Lewis College with registration at 8 a.m., walkers taking off at 9 a.m. and runners starting at 9:15 a.m.
Spina tells me that pre-
registration is the easiest, with applications available at the Women's Resource Center, Brown's Sport Shoe and Your Running Store, or by visiting the Durango Motorless Transit Web site at http://go-dmt.org. This year, for the first time, registration is also available online at www.active.com.
Protecting their gardens from the freezing nights for their anniversaries are Eric and Janelle Meyer and Robb and Amy Bourdon.
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