January 23, 2004


Del Mar Foundation salutes "First Thursdays" organizers

By Lynn Gaylord

Back, from left: Susan Tipton, Barbara Krystoff-Scott, Lynn Gaylord
Front, from left: Wendy Rollo, Martha Brooks, Claire McGreal.
Missing from pictures: Pat JaCoby, Hannah Hurd, Shirley Stratman, Bev Booher.

The Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation was formed in late 1999 coinciding with the opening of our beautiful Powerhouse Community Center. The dream of the organizers was to fill the Powerhouse with wonderful music and great lecturers. So was born the idea of "First Thursdays."

Diligently working 10 months of the year to bring a variety of programs to the community, this committee has achieved much more than expected. Besides the 10 - 12 events from September - June, they have also organized evenings at the Summer Pops, Shakespeare in the Plaza, evenings at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Mainly Mozart concerts, and last Sunday's historic Bluegrass Concert with Grammy-award winning quartet Phillips, Greer & Flinner.


Back, from left: Jo Ann Kilty, Charlotte Aladjem, Don Terwilliger, Mai-Lon Gittelsohn, Dick Raack, Chuck Freebern
Front, from left: Helen Glaser, Bill Michalsky, Lois Lundgren, Ann Simons.

"It's just wonderful to be able to do this for the community," commented Chairman Chuck Freebern. "We have quality live entertainment right here in our own little town." And as one committee member was overheard to say, "The waves rolling in, a glass of wine, classical music, stimulating lectures. It just doesn't get better than this."

Back, from left: Stephanie Strauss, Susan Pituch
Front, from left: Kyle Belding, Faye Perdoni.


Three cheers to this hard-working committee! If you would like to join this committee and share in the hard work and good fun, contact the Del Mar Foundation at (858) 404-0580 or log onto www.DelMarFoundation.org