A sea of scarlet and gray filled rooms Friday night as amigos at Fiesta Bowl parties gathered to cheer their team successfully to victory.
NANCY AND LARRY Metzger hosted a party in the living room of the Toledo Country Club. The club was the perfect Buckeye setting: gray carpet, red and green print couches, holiday d cor with a few scarlet and gray pompons, footballs here and there, and a giant Ohio State banner.
A taco buffet, Buckeye candy, and football-shaped cookies sated fans' appetites. The Metzgers wore their Buckeye necklaces made by Mr. Metzger many moons ago. Guests in football-casual attire — shades of red sweaters and jackets —included a stag Chris Lawless, since her husband Joe was in Tempe, Ariz., with other Toledo fans including Bob and Molly Mack and Rick and Mary Sabin. Also at the party were Nancy and Dan Lehmann, Lynn and Joyce Olman, Cynthia and Ned Hoffman, and Reg and Joanne Jackson, fourth generation Ohio State alumni fans.
GIANT INFLATABLE jalapeno peppers, citronella candles “to ward off the bugs,” strings of jalapeno-shaped lights, Fiesta banners, and cactus set the scene for a Fiesta Bowl party in the Maumee home of Amy and Greg “BigB” Brodbeck. Revelers crowded around the big screen TV cheering, singing fight songs, and munching on Mexican fare everyone had brought, including Kristy Martin's key lime squares and Rhonda Longs' secret citrus concoctions.
In addition, guests got a sneak peek of BigB's national championship painting, one of many Buckeye works he sells on the Internet.
The crowd was select, as invitations — in a Tostitos can — were delivered in person. ,
IT WAS EASY for guests to find Doug and Brenda Dymarkowski's home in Sylvania: It was the one with the giant “brutus” in the front yard. The Ohio State theme continued as guests entered, including an OSU tattoo for everyone to wear.
MEANWHILE, IN TEMPE, Toledoan Jim Conway, an Ohio State student, was cheering his team to victory over the University of Miami. He is a member of the block “O” cheering section at the home games. Donna and Bob Wolford, of Port Clinton, planned to watch the game on TV in a Tempe bar. Then Toledo friends Larry and Donna Statler came through with tickets for $200 each. Other friends bought seats valued at $150 for $500 each. The Wolfords were offered tickets on the 50-yard-line for $1,000. Mrs. Wolford said, “It's like one big pep rally for Ohio State.”
Karen Bowers flew first-class on New Year's Eve to Phoenix joking she could almost celebrate the New Year twice because of the time change. But the Buckeye fan said, “I'm packing the leftover Christmas food and a honey-baked ham in a cooler! I want something besides beer — I wanna see the game!” The single lady also took her power dating manual, just in case.
Ms. Bowers' brother, Tom, finagled the tickets for his family, including his wife, Annette, and son Eric, who celebrated his 11th birthday on Jan. 1. Parents Ken and Nancy Bowers met everyone at the Phoenix airport. The return was not quite as smooth. They missed their flights, but it just gave them more time in the sunshine to reminisce and brag about the game — they ran into a lot of Toledo area folks, including Jim Jackson.
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To the Colors! To the President of the United States! To the Joint Chiefs of Staff! To the Troops ... ”
Toasts were numerous during the Military Service Academies Ball Dec. 22 at The Pinnacle.
It was an impressive sight with midshipmen and cadets in dress uniforms using impeccable manners.
The dinner-dance, sponsored by the academies' parents' clubs, is a chance for proud parents and their sons and daughters to gather.
The Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine academies were represented.
Emcee Bob Ohlers, a U.S. Military Academy alumnus, kept the full evening on target with toasts, an invocation, dinner, presentations, and a silent auction. Guest speaker was Doug Datka, another Military Academy alumnus.
Chairmen of the event were Don and Anne Earnhart of the United States Military Academy Parents' Club, Joe and Sue Kahl and Jeff and Diane Stephens of the United States Naval Academy Parents' Club, and Dwight and Ruth Goossen of the Air Force Academy Parents' Club.
Parties continued after Christmas and into the New Year.
NEW YEAR'S DAY, Jim Jeffries and Neal Ward were hosts of a holiday brunch in their home, and while they were at it, they had a mini benefit for David's House, a group for AIDS victims. An ornament tree was for guests to hang dollars or larger bills, and Mr. Ward and Mr. Jeffries matched the total.
ELLEN CRITCHLEY held her annual New Year's Day open house again this year in her Ottawa Hills home. Longtime friends gathered, including Brit and Amy Eaton, Marcia Deeb, and Ms. Deeb's mother, Elizabeth, and brother Fred, and Ann Applegate and her fiance, Tim O'Brien. Stars of the party were baby Jack Gouttiere, son of John and LeeAnn, and baby Matthew Spiker, son of Rob and Larissa Spiker.
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JOHN SPITZER entertained guests in his Perrysburg home Dec. 27 with the assistance of friend Nancy Hummer. Longtime Perrysburg residents stopped by for chatter, including Kay and Steve Foster, Rudy Peckinpaugh, Shirley and Dick Smith, Walt Krueger, Sr., ... Mrs. Hummer's son and daughter -in-law, Mark and Laura Hummer and Hannah were there too, as were Mr. Spitzer's son and daughter-in-law Lyman and Patrice Spitzer.
PHIL AND DEBBIE Schmidt were hosts Dec. 27 of
the annual Cousins' party in their Whitehouse home. Mrs. Schmidt has more than 70 first cousins scattered throughout the country, and they remain close even though they are miles apart.
AN OPENING PARTY for the Diva Lounge on the second floor of Diva Restaurant Dec. 27 found guests dancing up a storm to the tunes of JT and the Clouds band. Former Toledoans Drew and Jeremy Lindsey brought their Chicago-based band back home for the celebration.
JULIE AND KIRK MIZEREK held a Between the Holidays party Dec. 28 in their Perrysburg home.
A “THANK GOD the Holidays Are Over” party Saturday in the Corey Woods home of Arlene McMaster rounded out the holiday parties. Co-host was Ms. McMaster's sweetheart of a guy, Chuck Bodette.
Some folks — mainly men — crowded around the television for football, while others crunched into the usual popular house party place — the kitchen. A conversation piece in the McMaster home, a feel-good place with bright colors, was the wall of empty picture frames, which Ms. McMaster joked “filled a blank space” and they are “my ancestors” since I was adopted.”
Annette Moriarity, whose birthday was that night, was catching up with friend Michelle Hills, who claimed it was her first party of the season. They were comparing features on the new refrigerators they received for Christmas.
Also seen were Lynne and David Wolf, Kathy and Ron Erdelyi, Patti and Emmett Boyle, Jacqueline and Rob Brown, Nancy and Randy Katz, Diane and Damian Carins, Brad and Mary Crown, Wendy and Michael Cooper, Marcia and Mike Diment, and Joni and Jim McGowan, who recently returned from a trip to Donald Trump's new golf course in West Palm Beach.33.40231 -112.6028