Starting the New Year in style

New Cotillion members pictured left to right are Peter and Paula Gazzola, Kathy David and Ray Konkol, Julie Mills and Ralph Richardson, Linda and Wendell Harris, Cheri and Tom Zosel and Harvey and Carol Knudsen; not shown are Bob and Betty Raveret, Al and Sheila Stout, Barry Tomisch and Gail Nelson and Mike and Jackie Richey

New Cotillion members pictured left to right are Peter and Paula Gazzola, Kathy David and Ray Konkol, Julie Mills and Ralph Richardson, Linda and Wendell Harris, Cheri and Tom Zosel and Harvey and Carol Knudsen; not shown are Bob and Betty Raveret, Al and Sheila Stout, Barry Tomisch and Gail Nelson and Mike and Jackie Richey

Pat Wolfe

Members of the Cotillion Dance Club discovered the perfect way to celebrate the first dance of 2015; spend an elegant evening dining and dancing to an incredibly talented 19-piece orchestra with friends. The dance, held January 10, featured the Sonoran Serenade Big Band playing some the best music one could imagine.

This year’s traditional Black and White Ball was suitably themed the Moonlight Serenade. Black linens and chair bands were accented with the white chair covers along with candles and scattered crystals on the tables. The 178 members and guests dined on filet mignon, sage and rosemary chicken and vegetable quinoa stuffed peppers. If that did not satisfy the hunger or the palate, the tuxedo mousse cake dessert certainly did the trick.

A very sad and somber moment during the evening was the announcement of the recent loss of two members; Dwight Grotewald and Darcy Anderson. Dwight and his wife Lois had been very active in the Cotillion until this season. Darcy, who attended the November dance, was an original member and one of the founders of the Sun Lakes Cotillion. Our thoughts are certainly with their families and many, many friends.

On a lighter note, new members were proudly introduced; Peter and Paula Gazzola, Wendell and Linda Harris, Harvey and Carol Knudson, Ray Konkol and Cathy David, Bob and Betty Raveret, Mike and Jackie Richey, Al and Sheila Stout, Barry Tomisch and Gail Nelson, and Tom and Cheri Zosel.

The theme for the club’s next black tie event in celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 7 will be Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and dancing to the music of Route 66 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

There are still a few openings for memberships and members’ guests are always welcome. Dances are normally held on the second Saturday of each month from October to April with the exception of December. April and October are the only two dances that are not black tie events.

For more information on the club or membership please contact Larry and Pat Wolfe at 480-802-2748 or e-mail [email protected]