ETCETERA - Whitman alum goes green on Broadway

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Whitman College alumnus Patrick Page has gone green on stage twice now: first as the Grinch in 2006-07 and currently as the villain Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Now in his late 40s, the Spokane native grabbed at the chance to play Spider-Man's nemesis on Broadway, giving up a prior commitment in a San Diego production of "The Madness of George III."

In his audition, the bass/baritone sang "Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" as the character Norman Osborn transforms into the Goblin.

He told writer Ellen Gamerman in a 2010 interview in The Wall Street Journal, that his first singing number is a waltz. "It's a wonderful rock waltz, but it's a waltz, and I've never really learned how to waltz. So the other day we were rehearsing and … Julie jumped up and was showing me how to waltz … I look out the window down to 42nd Street where ... there's an enormous sign for ‘The Lion King,' and I have the woman who made it in my arms and I'm waltzing around to this music that was written by Bono and Edge and I really thought, ‘I have to be dreaming.'"

His acting experiences range from films and TV shows to regional, off-Broadway and Broadway roles.

Born in 1962 to Bob and Geri Page who live in Monmouth, Ore., where he was raised, Patrick earned his bachelor's degree from Whitman. The cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate delivered the class commencement address and later was named Pete Reid Young Alumni of the Year.

While at Whitman he was twice named the nation's outstanding competitive speaker by The National Forensics Association.

He followed in his father's thespian footsteps. Bob acted in Shakespeare plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Patrick lives in Manhattan with wife Paige Davis, an actress who hosted the TV show, "Trading Spaces."

He has directed several Shakespeare plays and directed and wrote the play "Swansong." He's been honored with the Helen Hayes Award, Princess Grace Award in Theatre, Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award, and the Utah Governor's Medal for the Arts.

He can be seen at www.playbill.com/playblog/2011/06/the-green-goblin-patrick-page-gives-a-dramatic-reading-of-spider-man-video/

And, as reported recently in the U-B, his play will be produced in a two-week run here at the Power House Theatre.

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Out of a meeting between one who tats, another who crochets and others who like lace of all kinds came the Walla Walla Lacy Lacers.

Five of the handiwork enthusiasts gathered in fall 2009 and worked on their preferred lace-making crafts while the remaining participants learned to make bobbin lace.

"As word of our group spread, more lace enthusiasts joined and by early 2011 the group organized into Walla Walla Lacy Lacers Guild," said Ann Glassey,

vice president.

They elected officers, wrote bylaws and scheduled official meetings and other activities; including Lace Days and program nights for special guest lecturers and receive instruction in particular lace-making techniques. The non-profit group is 16 members strong these days..

It is "for those who are enchanted by the many facets of lace. Our goal is to promote interest in the study, history, collections and instruction in the making of all varieties of lace," Ann added.

The Guild is a charter chapter of International Old Lacers, Inc. All lace makers are encouraged to attend Current membership creates bobbin, knitted, tatted and crocheted laces. For additional Information contact WallaWallaLacyLacer@gmail.com .

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Local longtime professional photographer Ken Nicoles retired around 2009 after 35 years of fulltime work shooting weddings, engagements, anniversaries, families, seniors, commercials and aerials.

Coming from the age of film, that adds up to a huge collection of negatives, which Ken has safely stored. He's so organized that from about 1980 onward he can go right to each assignment, he said.

He is making the sets of negatives available to the subjects of his work for $10. For more details, call him at 525-4057 or 520-1196 or email nicolesk@charter.net.

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Walla Walla High School Class of 1991 alumni will be able to participate in several events during the group's 20th reunion, said classmate Becky Waggoner-Schwartz.

The weekend kicks off with a meet-and-greet at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Mill Creek Brew Pub. The crowd will convene for food and dancing to the DJ stylings of Wade Shane at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Elks Lodge. And a family picnic will be 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at Fort Walla Walla Park. Those attending can bring their own food and Andrea's will also be on site for hot food

Registered alumni will receive a discount card during the meet-and-greet to use at local merchants for free tastings at area wineries and discounts at some of Walla Walla's retail spots.

To register for events or for more details, online see www.wallawallabluedevilsclassof91.myevent.com

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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