This year’s Presidents Day Gala outdid itself with more than 200 attendees, many of them in period costume, true to the Lake County Historical Society’s Valentine theme “scandal and romance. ” The occasion gave lots of folks a good excuse to dress up in garb from other times, including seven members of the local Chicago Black Sox , a 1919 over-55 softball team sponsored by Shannon Fence. BJ and Diana Kresnye were there along with Civil War reenacters Judy and Ken Cudnik of Wickliffe, who will be encamped Memorial Day weekend in Burton. (Here Judy shows us the beribboned snood she wore)
We caught Dee Aufuldish as Anna Harrison laughing it up with her “grandson” Benjamin Harrison (Don Arthur) and his wife Katy Arthur. President William Henry Harrison (county commissioner Bob Aufuldish) is not shown, above, but his character was soon to catch pneumonia and die in office at age 68, Dee explained.
Marilyn Church, attired as the late bag lady heiress Catherine Roddick of Painesville, again devised a devilishly difficult presidential trivia quiz for collaboration by each table. Example: “Which president kept a diary from age 12 to 70 in which the word ‘sex’ appeared three times and the word ‘love’ appeared 589 times?”
Church is shown here tapping her foot as she collects the pink quizzes for grading while county commissioner Dan Troy begs extra time to complete answers for his table.
LaMalfa, which also hosted a couple of simultaneous Valentine Day weddings in its Heisley Road party center, outdid itself from elegant hors d’oeuvres with cocktails, wines with dinner and extravagant desserts including a chocolate playground.
All eight Ohio presidents and their wives were on hand and were joined in a parade through the banquet room by others in costume. Lake County Historical Society board vice president, Wickliffe mayor Tom Ruffner made introductions from the podium. He played 25th President William McKinley.