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When life gives you lemons, make lemon drops

Splendor in the Grass: Marcy Schrieber was the winner of the most original flip flops, seen here.

Remember when lemon drops were a popular favorite candy? Fast forward to the 21st century, and the Lemon Drop is a sweet, pungent, intoxicating drink made from vodka, lemon juice and sugar. Flip Flops and Lemon Drops was the latest all-female fun event from the Queen of Hearts Womens Fund of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, a philanthropic sisterhood of local and second homeowner women.

Recently this worthy group of women expanded its membership at the fabulous West Shore lakefront home of fellow Queen Ginny Topol. Queens and prospective queens enjoyed sipping the famous lemon drops (and lemonade as well) and noshing on tasty appetizers, all compliments of Florians Fine Wines and Specialty Foods of Truckee.

The freshly pedicured lovely ladies slipped into their toniest flip flops (some customized just for the special event), and arrived ready to bid on bags and accessories in a Power Of The Purse silent auction, gaze at the inspiring lake views, sip and socialize, and recruit new members to its philanthropic sisterhood.

Nineteen new Queens joined the ranks of the generous royalty who have each donated a thousand dollars to the Queen of Hearts fund. These women will collectively make a tremendous impact on the Tahoe Truckee community by being able to vote on just how the endowment of the million-dollar-plus fund is spent every year. Judges bestowed a feast of fabulous finds for the feet (gift buckets overflowing with soaps, lotions and other pedicure accouterments) to the winners of the most creatively pedicured tootsies and most original flip flops.

Kudos to Flip Flops and Lemon Drops planning committee members Leah Butterworth, Patti Florian, Karyn Frazier and Mishka Willis who worked brilliantly and diligently to pull off such a successful event that was so thoroughly enjoyed by all those lucky enough to sign up before the event quickly sold out. Also, congratulations to the new members of the sisterhood of the Queen of Hearts Womens Fund: Amanda and Becky Andrews, Suzanne Bushnell, Mary Ellen Clifford, Krissy Commendatore, Susan Cordonnier, Nancy Costello, Kati Endris, Marjorie Gross, Katie Holley, Katherine Hollingsworth, Melanie Kauffman, Lisa Krueger, Trudi Lee, Christine Madden, Annette Means, Joan Richardson, Debbie Skawienski, and Kathy Whitlow. Others who were flipping and sipping included community foundation staff members CEO Lisa Dobey, Martha Simon, Phebe Bell, Kristi Darzynkiewicz, and grants volunteer Anne Beck, as well as fellow Queens Phyllis McConn, Judith Rolhf, Kim Parisi, Judi Roberts, Lois Skaff, Julie McGinley, Joan Sarlo, Lorna Tirman, Lisa Panziera, Marie Sluchak and Robin Cullen, Mayumi Elegado, Lisa Kelly, Wendy Hummer, Karen Iler, Maureen Horvath, Kimberlie Flowers, Susie Englesby, Marianne Porter, Yvette Durant, Leslie Silva, Joyce Bock, Sandy Combs, Sally Mars Carey and Linda Brown.

Tahoe Citys newest restaurant, Evergreen Restaurant, at the Cobblestone Center, has finally opened and to rave reviews. Pleasant outdoor seating offers up views not only of Big Blue, but also lots of people watching a `la Europes sidewalk cafes. Evergreen is open daily for lunch, and open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Chef David Lutz (formerly exec chef with Tahoe Mountain Resorts at Wild Goose and Coyote Moon) has prepared a menu of casual California-style dining featuring seasonal, simple fresh food that is also reasonably priced. Call 581-1401 for reservation.

In her spare time Vicki Kahn sells real estate with Prudential Realty in Tahoe City. She can be emailed at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net.

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