Hipppy Dippy Partying

Psychedelic '60s relived at Alley Theatre's totally groovy gala, think peace symbols, love beads

Psychedelic '60s relived at Alley Theatre's totally groovy gala

Alley Gala, 4/2016 Jesse Marion, Cathy Marion, Linda Calannio, Tom Calannio
Jessie Marion, Cathy Marion, Linda Calannio, Tom Calannio. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Peter Ragauss, Jennifer Smith
Peter Ragauss, Jennifer Smith. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Sarah Morgan, Oscar Brown
Sarah Morgan, Oscar Brown. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Todd Waite, Kathryn Ketelsen
Todd Waite, Kathryn Ketelsen. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Victoria Jamail, Randall Jamail
Victoria Jamail, Randall Jamail, Dean Gladden. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, table decor
Table decor enjoys an '80s vibe. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Gregory Boyd, Cynthia Petrello, Tony Petrello
Gregory Boyd, Cynthia Petrello, Tony Petrello. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar
Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, George Stark, Lois Stark
George Stark, Lois Stark.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Jim Ware, Dancie Ware
Jim Ware, Dancie Ware. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Ken Kades, Mady Kades
Ken Kades, Mady Kades. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Connie Plank, Roger Plank
Connie Plank, Roger Plank. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, Lisa Heide, Elliott Heide
Lisa Heide, Elliott Heide. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala 4/2016, namesake guitars
Namesake guitars centered the tables. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Gala, 4/2016 Jesse Marion, Cathy Marion, Linda Calannio, Tom Calannio
Alley Gala 4/2016, Peter Ragauss, Jennifer Smith
Alley Gala 4/2016, Sarah Morgan, Oscar Brown
Alley Gala 4/2016, Todd Waite, Kathryn Ketelsen
Alley Gala 4/2016, Victoria Jamail, Randall Jamail
Alley Gala 4/2016, table decor
Alley Gala 4/2016, Gregory Boyd, Cynthia Petrello, Tony Petrello
Alley Gala 4/2016, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar
Alley Gala 4/2016, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Alley Gala 4/2016, George Stark, Lois Stark
Alley Gala 4/2016, Jim Ware, Dancie Ware
Alley Gala 4/2016, Ken Kades, Mady Kades
Alley Gala 4/2016, Connie Plank, Roger Plank
Alley Gala 4/2016, Lisa Heide, Elliott Heide
Alley Gala 4/2016, namesake guitars

"Keep your pot smoking to the outside so you don't smoke up the room," intoned Alley Theatre board president Jesse Marion as he addressed the costumed crowd at Silver Street Studios. "And remember, you have to share."

And so the rocking Alley gala, typically something of an off-the-wall, rip-roaring good time, kicked off with a bang. The pot reference might have been rhetorical but the look and feel of the night echoed the musical genre of the Summer of Love band that completed the night's transportation to the late '60s.

With San Francisco's "Summer of Love" as inspiration for the fundraiser, Richard Flowers and The Events Co. created a pop music inspired backdrop for the 350 guests, many of whom were costumed to reveal their inner flower child.

Marion and his wife Cathy were among the leaders in the '60s fashion inspiration pack. Also among the wildly costumed guests were Lois and George Stark, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Kathryn Ketelsen with Alley actor Todd Waite, and Connie and Roger Plank. A few among Alley supporters including Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, and Dancie and Jim Ware opted for more cocktail-appropriate attire.

Roger Plank and Meredith Long were introduced as gala honorees by Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd.

In addition to the throw-back sounds of the Woodstock generation, delicious entertainment came with the. Tony's catered the party food which began  with mini gourmet nachos and tiny corn dogs and continued with passed treats including cheeseburger, grilled chicken, caprese, and chicken fried steak sliders, two kinds of hot dogs, and three varieties of fries (truffle, sweet potato and classic French fries).

The party food fun continued with malt and mini-donut roadies, cotton candy and a sundae bar. Lots of sugar for the night of dancing to the tunes of the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and more.

Making the scene were Alley managing director Dean Gladden and wife Jane, Carmen and Butch Mach, Jennifer Smith and Peter Ragaus, Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Pat Breen, Christy and Lou Cushman, and Kathy and John Orton. 

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