Monday, December 11, 2006

Parties, Parties, Parties

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Santa AT NPA Party in WLA
We had a hectic and fun-filled weekend. The holiday party season is upon us. Friday we were invited to a party at NPA (National Promotions and Marketing) on Overland near Palms. Some of our friends from the Modern Committee of the L.A. Conservancy put the word out about this gala. It seems that the owners of this promotion company are collectors. They have old neon signs, various fantastic sculptures, vehicles, memorabilia and a 1950's Greyhound Bus in the compound. If fact, the Greyhound is actually the lobby of their office. You walk thru the bus to get into the building. The bus driver is a grey hound, of course.

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'Lobby' of NPA

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Grey Hound Bus Driver

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NPA Neon Sign Collection

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My worlds collided at this party. There were people there from a few of my old entertainment jobs (Henson, Castle Rock, 20th Century Fox); people from the ModCom; people from my blues radio days and more. There were losts of celebs and sho-biz types at this fete. One of my fave bands, The Dave and Deke Combo were performing. The food and drink were flowing. There was all kinds of alternative entertainment. It was truly an extravaganza!
Saturday night we attended a private party at a home in Santa Monica. Great group...faboo party. Thanks, Nancy!
Sunday, we drove over to Echo Park for Peter Shire's Pottery Sale and Christmas Party.

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Echo Park

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Peter Shire Outdoor Sculpture

This event was mentioned in the L.A. Times today. In addition to this being a pottery sale of Peter's work, it was a benefit for Echo Park Animal Alliance. Lots of well-behaved dogs were standing in line to have their photos taken with Santa.

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Unidentified Lady, Santa and Peter Shire

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Peter's EXP Studio

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Mr. Larry at Peter Shire's EXP Studio

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Ellen in the Kiln Area - Shire Studio

Peter's studio complex is another whimsical and fun place, filled with his gorgeous pottery, teapots and constructions. I picked up a few hostess gifts for the season and took lots and lots of colourful photos. They had a table of sweets and savories. My personal favorites were the Cheese Trees with crackers.

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Incredible Cheese Trees

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4 Comments:

At 4:03 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellen --

Looks like another fun filled and hectic weekend for you. I love the bus. Have not been to Peter Shires in many years but I do drink out of a mug of his from time to time. I actually once walked all the way from Beverly Hills to his studio! He remembered us for years for that.

-- Jo Anne

 
At 4:26 PM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Thems some big-a$$ blobs (I typed "blogs"!!) o' cheese! Sounds like a great weekend.

 
At 5:32 PM PST, Blogger sappmama said...

Okay. I have to take this post in installments. Whew!

Love the blog reno by the way. We finally got our orange. :)

 
At 6:03 AM PST, Blogger ana said...

Wow! You are the party girl!
As usual your pictures are great I wish I was with you it looked like a lot of fun.

 

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