Lake Wildwood Music fills the air after clubs’ event |

Lake Wildwood Music fills the air after clubs’ event

Last Saturday morning, I stopped by the annual Flea Market/Crafts and Antiques sale at Gateway Center sponsored by the Penn Valley Rotary. Thanks to program organizer, Susan Gisler, this event seems to get bigger and better every year. There were lots of vendors, great food and a good opportunity to see all your neighbors. Proceeds from the event went toward local community programs.

Saturday afternoon, the LWW Ski Club and LWW Yacht Club had a joint event out at the lake. Following the ski show, Mark Trapani, Ski Club president, presented youth ski awards to Travis and Nicole Faker and Kevin Trapani. The presentation was followed by a great chowder dinner sponsored by the Yacht Club to mark the end of the boating season

Afterwards, some of us headed over to the clubhouse for an evening of Karaoke. LWW volunteers Cal and Kathleen Casey host the monthly event. They not only plan the evening and host the show but they are both very willing and talented participants.

The evening started out with a guest appearance by The Aquanettas. What a hoot! The foursome came dressed in retro ’60s prom dresses to perform parodies of many of the old song favorites. Three of the members are from the Bay Area, but Linda Kuester (her stage name is Bou Font) lives in LWW and works at LWW Security. The group can be reached at if you want to book them for a party. (In addition to prom queens, they can appear as mermaids, cowboys, astronauts, etc.)

Following The Aquanettas, LWW residents took to the stage for karaoke. What a fun evening. Sometimes, you think that you know someone, but when they get up and perform you see a whole different side to them.

Bonnie and Sam Cragle have been married 49 years and came along to support their kids and grandkids and to hum along. This is a large, extended family that lives, plays and sings together – and they have lots of fun. Their son, Tony Cagle, is in the Barefoot band and was one of the first ones up to sing. He got the place rockin’ with his performances of “Born to be Wild” and “Mustang Sally.” A single parent to Nicholas, Nichole and Natalie, Tony was very proud of 10-year-old Nichole Cragle when she got up and sang Old Fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll; you could really tell that he coaches her and that they have fun singing together. Tony’s sister Christina Cragle is a natural and spontaneous performer and dancer and took the audience by surprise with her unabashed performance of “Love Shack.”

Dick Green has a very strong voice and was a crowd pleaser with “That’s Life,” “New York New York” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Elmer Fairbanks is another strong male singer in LWW. He is part of the Barbershop Quartet, a frequent performer in the LWW Little Theatre, and did a wonderful job singing When I Fall in Love.

Mom, Ellen Sivertsen, and teen son, Paul, have lived in LWW for five years. Each of them got up to sing and it was nice to see them out having fun together. Laurie Painter works at the clubhouse and joined in the fun by singing “Johnny Angel.” Other brave participants included the impromptu trio of Sherry Leasure, Liz Alvarado, and Jerry Berger.

Paul Towne is an actor and currently the director of the LWW Little Theatre production of “My Fair Lady.” He also loves to sing karaoke and really let loose with “Caught in a Trap” and “My Sharona.” Kim Wellman has a beautiful voice and sang “Sunshiny Day” giving us a hint of what we can expect when we see her in the role of Eliza Doolittle.

I mentioned “My Fair Lady” in my last column. There will be 10 performances between Oct. 27 and Nov. 6. Tickets are selling fast and will be available to the public on Saturday in front of Raley’s.

The LWW Art Club is selling their “Calendar Girls” calendars and all proceeds go towards art programs in the local schools. At $15, this will be a tasteful and fun gift. You can order a copy by calling Diane Swensen at 432-7700. In case you missed it, several of the ladies were interviewed on the Channel 13 evening news on Sept. 13.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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