For the 10th year running, the Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department, under the auspices of event coordinator Angela Potts, pulled off the annual Father-Daughter Ball at Garrison Middle School in February, reported event creator Beth Rowlette, who also served as DJ.
Mostly dads, but also grandpas and uncles, brought their princesses to the event. Nearly 300 dressed for the dance and participated in games such as The Soda Sippin’, Limbo, Wild ’n’ Craziest and Balloon Bustin’ contests. Energetic dads competed for the titles of The Best Twist, Wild and Craziest Dancer and Best Country Dancer.
Awards also went to Tallest Dad, Dad with the Most Daughters, Dad with the Most/Least Hair, Oldest/Youngest Daughter and Dad who Drove the Farthest. Unfortunately, there was so much going on the names of the winners are only known by those who were there.
A number of local sponsors provided certificates for prizes: P.E. Bistro, Domino’s, Big Cheese, Pizza Hut, Ice Burg, Hot Mama’s, China Buffet, Mongolian BBQ, Super One, Smith’s, Blue Palm, Papa Murphy’s, Rosita’s, El Sombrero, La Casita, Clarette’s, Pepsi and Dairy Queen
For the first time, Amber Clark of Up, A Balloon Boutique, donated two balloon towers from her retail party-planning business.
Drinks.seriouseats.com tapped Corey Braunel with Dusted Valley Vintners and its Boomtown wines, for its “ask-a-winemakers-how-did-you-get-into-the-wine-business” slideshow. Simply put, Corey heard of a place called Walla Walla, Wash., and set out to learn more about the area that would become his home.
His entree into the field of wine came when he was tasting wines his business clients ordered on his expense account, and he “was blown away.”
While hanging out with brother- and sister-in-law Chad and Janet Johnson, his experience with wines broadened. “My interest and love of wine exploded” on a visit to Napa in 1999. “We would joke around about getting into the wine business.”
Chad put a bug in Corey’s ear in 2002 or so, talking up “this great little wine community called Walla Walla and the dream started turning into a living reality very quickly.”
“By September 2003 we had all moved to Walla Walla in pursuit of the dream!”
Corey and Chad are winegrowers and owners; Corey’s wife Cindy is responsible for administration, bookkeeping and wine club relations for the winery; and Janet is in national sales and an owner.
With five classes to go, Walla Walla native Eva Franco Morales is rapidly completing a three-year process to earn her bachelor’s degree.
The senior expects to complete her online studies in the management/health care program and graduate July 28 from Park University, Kansas City, Mo.
While working full time at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, she holds a 3.8 gpa and made the dean’s list, too.
She is an administrative officer for home and community-based services at the VA.
The eighth of eight children, her parents are longtime Walla Walla residents Linda Franco and the late Domingo Franco Jr.
She graduated in 1982 from Walla Walla High School and joined the U.S. Air Force that year. She was stationed in Southern California, Spain, Florida and Alaska prior to completing her service in 1991.
She returned to Walla Walla a few years ago to raise her daughter, Seidy Morales, who attends Garrison Middle School.
Rick Small, co-owner and founder of Woodward Canyon Winery in the Walla Walla Valley, will take part in a winemakers’ cabernet sauvignon panel at Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine, according to an item at www.GreatNorthwestwine.com by editor Andy Perdue.
Producers in the Walla Walla and Napa valleys will look at what’s similar and what’s different about the wines during the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine June 20-22.
The the name of the event is a rebranding of Vintage Walla Walla, which was staged during the previous 11 years and focused on tasting older wines, said Duane Wollmuth, executive director of Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.
Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine will rotate between cabernet, syrah and merlot, including vintage wines, but will feature a specific variety each year because Washington isn’t known for a particular variety.
Duane said top winemakers from regions around the world will be included who specialize in the varieties, such as Bordeaux, Napa Valley, both noted cabernet sauvignon producers.
Andy said Walla Walla Valley representatives include Chris Figgins, Leonetti Cellar; Rick Small, Woodward Canyon Winery; and Jean-François Pellet, Pepper Bridge Winery.
From the Napa Valley, Jeff Ames, TOR and Rudius; Phillip Corallo-Titus, Chappellet and Titus; and Landon Donley, Spottswoode Winery.
Also featured are Whitman College geology professor Kevin Pogue, a terroir consultant and expert on geology and the wine industry, and a couple of wine critics.
Attendees will be able to sample the wines with the experts. For more about the event, see www.wallawallawine.com/celebrate.
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