Members of the Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville, founded in 1901, traveled to Roby Lee’s in Newton Falls for their annual Spring Party to top off another successful year.
The party committee was composed of chairperson Patricia Amor, Jane Bell, Betty Clapp and Jane Hill, with decorating assistance from Gale Lane and Connie Crate. Tables sported festive spring flower centerpieces and gold-bagged favors, echoing the club colors of yellow and white. The blessing was offered by Jane Bell. A brief item, brought up as a piece of tabled old business, changed the time of meeting for the coming year to 7 p.m.
The program for the evening was presented by Barry Vancura, local raconteur and bon vivant.
He recounted his fascination with all things having to do with the stage and entertainment, commencing with the fourth grade and continuing through such productions as "Oliver," "Pippin," "Music Man," "Carnival," "Don’t Drink the Water" and others too numerous to mention.
Upon graduation, he went off to "the Big Apple" and thence to "the City of Angels," where he worked at a medical center and in high-end retail, as well as appearing in movies (Does "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" ring any bells?).
Returning to Garrettsville, he worked in interior design as well as retail and became a major force in many musical productions presented by James A. Garfield Schools, giving credit to Pat Amor, an outstanding accompanist and music director.
Throughout this time, he has maintained contact with friend and classmate Jeff Richmond, who, with his wife, Tina Fey, currently has a show — "Mean Girls" — on Broadway.
Bringing the evening to a close, there was a brief induction ceremony for incoming officers: secretary, Karen Miller; treasurer, Carol Torda; vice president, Mary Furillo; president, Iva Walker. Twenty-year member recognition went to Jane Bell and Betty Clapp. Gifts of appreciation went to outgoing officers — president, Leah Schultz; vice president, Bonnie Oliver; secretary, Karen Ziarko; treasurer, Jane Bell; publicity, Iva Walker; sunshine, Maureen See; historian, Pat Amor.
A new club year will launch with the "Summer Swarm."