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High-altitude ‘glam’ at haute trash show

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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Please be advised that the Washington Welcoming Committee is on hiatus at present because it’s too danged cold in the morning to be a-settin’ at the table on the porch of the Washington General Store.

When the weather warms up, the daily meetings will start up again so we can get back to solving the world’s problems. The WWC members thank you for your patience and hope to see you soon.

Reminder: the Washington Hotel’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza is scheduled for this very day, starting at 6 p.m. This is not a dining experience for those on the Atkins diet, but gee whiz, it’s just once a year.



All the hotel rooms have been taken, although there’s a standby list, and the Foo-Foo Room was reserved months ago. Dinner reservations are pretty well booked up, too, but I talked to Chef Wil and Su DeCorte and they said if you’ll call 265-1990, they’ll do everything in the world to make room for you.

The Haute Trash Show and Baked Potato Bar was a complete success; I don’t remember ever having so much fun at a school function. Mr. Pete was the emcee, resplendent in a tasteful paper tie. Janet Romero, Kim Lee and Corina Loving were the kitchen slaves, turning out endless plates of salad and baked taters for an appreciative crowd.




Sandi Scott started the show by bringing on the kids from preschool, kindergarten and first grade; in order to include them in the activities, she personally provided completed outfits for each child, and yes, they were adorable. The moment they appeared I was practically blown off my chair by the entire crowd breathing “awww” all at once. It always amazes me that the guys, mostly big and bearded galoots who look so rough ‘n’ tough, are instantly reduced to unashamed sentimental mush when the tiniest children are trotted out.

The students were absolutely tops in creating clothing from Christmas wrap, aluminum foil, paper and plastic grocery bags, even discarded plastic flowers. Rebecca was stunning in pie plates, Ryan modeled a jacket studded with 812 bottle caps, little Bella wore sandals of bottle corks and Amy Lee was ready for the prom in a white evening dress made of 50-gallon drum liners set off by red hearts cut from Christmas ribbon.

An unexpected delight were two beautiful, elegant ladies who graduated from school a long time ago but wanted to be in the show anyway, and we were glad they were!

Dolores Guetebier (Lola) was delightful in a froth of fashion by the House of StyroFoama, a delicious combination of mylar sheeting, plastic bags and clear stretchy tape. The showstopper was her eye-catching bustier made of two shiny hubcaps that Justin Timberlake couldn’t rip off with a crowbar.

Mickey Stefan strutted her stuff in a smart little number mostly made up of bathroom tissue and paper towel tubes, simply outstanding and very today. Mr. Pete mentioned that she had to depend on the generosity of Washington’s residents to supply enough of those tubes to ” oh, never mind. It takes a certain amount of self-esteem and a devil-may-care attitude to walk the runway at the Washington School Haute Trash Show, and these supermodels showed us just how to do it.

I haven’t even mentioned our Bigtown visitors who so kindly drove to Littletown to share a very special evening with us, but that’s next time.

Meanwhile, dear ones, accept my fondest wishes for a Valentine’s Day full of kisses, hugs and loving thoughts.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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