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Published: Thursday, 6/14/2007

Classic cars were sleek backdrop for flower show

According to John Denver's famous song, "Saturday Night In Toledo, Ohio," there's nothing to do here in Toledo. Well, he was mistaken.

CLASSIC cars and flowers go together well. The West Toledo Garden Club presented "A Trip Down Memory Lane," a juried flower show, Saturday night at Cauffiel's Classic Car Museum in Toledo. It was the perfect setting because the club is a classic, too, at 76 years of age. The co-founder of the club was Elda Cauffiel, mother of Ford Cauffiel, who is the owner of the car museum. He was only 4 months old when the club began; it met at the West Toledo Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library on Sylvania Avenue.

Phyllis and Ford Cauffi el with one of the floral arrangements displayed in a classic car for the West Toledo Garden Club show.
Phyllis and Ford Cauffi el with one of the floral arrangements displayed in a classic car for the West Toledo Garden Club show.
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The Toledo Symphony Jazz Quartet played peppy tunes for cruising the scene while sipping and supping. Among the some 120 guests were Linda and Craig Boehk, Renay and Tom Conlin, Jack and Sophia Hart, John Van Dielen, Jim and Sandy Fritch, James and Dorothy Bartish, Irja and Dennis Huston, James Caldwell, Ralph Becker, Refayet Amin, Ben McGilvery, Lisa McAfee, Liz and Bill Perry, Mary Ann and Lanny Laritz, Gwen and Jerry Ames, Craig Findley, Thomas and Margie Shinkle, Michael and Barbara Bonner, Tom and Jerri Jardine, and Barbara Levinson.

And what a hot rod of a show! Themes included Vintage Marquis, Hollywood, Route 66, Picnic/Running Boards, and Flair for Fashion. Great American classic cars such as an Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, Packard, Pierce Arrow, and Cadillac were the backdrop for the floral arrangements exhibited on the running boards, under engine hoods, in trunks, on seats, and other places inside and outside the cars.

The engines roared in the imagination of contestants as certified judges scrutinized the flower show. It was a good evening for Mr. Cauffiel, who entered his first flower show that night and won a blue ribbon for his orchid. His parents, the late Elda and Lowell Cauffiel, won many awards for flowers over the years.

So far, $4,000 was raised, but donations are still cruising in. Proceeds benefit the garden club plus the Students for Other Students (SOS) tutorial reading program in public schools. "That's not bad for 13 ladies," said Phyllis Cauffiel, wife of the owner and event chairman. Assisting Mrs. Cauffiel was Kim Partin, club president and event co-chairman.

Bill and Marnie Ammann at Belmont Country Club s party during the Belmont Stakes.
Bill and Marnie Ammann at Belmont Country Club s party during the Belmont Stakes.
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Club members include Ruth Greenberg, Mary Sue Hornyak, Beverly Marsh, Dolores Slomka, Adrienne Styszko, Julie Delano, Laura Kaiser, and Elizabeth Hull, all in attendance, plus Mary Campell, Corinne Colthorpe, and Ruth Meeker, who were not able to attend.

ONE didn't have to be at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., to enjoy a day at the races Saturday - Belmont Country Club hosted its annual Belmont Stakes and Steaks event. After a winners' celebration a steak dinner was served outside on the patio. Bill Ammann, board president, was there with his wife, Marnie. Also chatting about the Belmont fun were Elaine and John Bachey, event chairmen.

A RECEPTION for the Toledo Artists' Club Show was held Saturday at Johnson's Art and Interiors Design Studio and Showroom. The show, judged by Chuck Johnson and Liz Koster, featured 133 works by TAC members.

More than 160 art aficionados enjoyed appetizers from Diva restaurant as they perused the show. Seen were Margy and Scott Trumble, Don and Virginia Strayer, Bill and Leta Coyle, Gloria Adams, Terry Burton, Paul and Lynn Brand, and Don Bacigalupi and Dan Feder.

First prize went to Salvatore Schiciano for his "Adding Self-Importance," a trompe l'oeil self-portrait of artists reaching out of the painting to touch up the paint on Schiciano's own frame. Among the other awards, an honorable mention went to an acrylic still life by one of the club's youngest members, Timmy Beale, 8, of Lambertville. TAC president Ron Gosses said 30 percent of all art sales support the club's scholarship fund. The exhibit runs through July 6.

A HOUSE walk to benefit Diabetes Youth Services and Flower Hospital Cancer Care Center is in the home of Raquel Bravo and builder Steve Scarvelis. The walk, which was kicked off Saturday with a party, will run daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m at 5136 Corey Rd., Sylvania, through June 17. Entrance is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Enjoying a sneak peek were Jalna and Ken MacLaren, Mary Dawson, Dave and Bonnie Zaruca, Mike and Pam Zibierjewski, and Mary and Tom Zraik.


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