La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Party on the Beach


The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club threw quite a beach bash for members and their guests September 26th, 2009. It was one of those rare, casual-dress parties where guests could be barefoot in the sand and party among friends while the sun set over the ocean.

Joerg Kruse and Tahnee McKellar with John Campbell and Ingeborg and Adolf Kruse at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club 'Beach Bash'

Guests came to enjoy cocktails from the drinks palapas and south of the border cuisine served buffet style, and to mingle among sets of palm trees on the beach, and dance on the sand to The Xceptions Band.

Among the many there were Jim and Heather Skeen. Jim started the beach party idea back in 1994. Tahnee McKellar and Joerg Kruse, Natasha Reiss and Eric Johnson, Leanne MacDougall and Don Dalessio, Colleen and Augusto Angelucci, Michelle and Ted Guernee, Beth Carter, Lisa Araiza, John Campbell, Martin Mosier, Mac Canty, and Kathryn Murphy and Lance Peto were also in attendance.

Kathryn and Lance were tanned and relaxed. They had just returned from a romantic trip to Venice, Italy, the South of France, and Monte Carlo. They were bummed to have missed MCASD’s Club Monte Carlo, but they didn’t miss this party.

Neither did Connie and Ed Basterasche. The event wasn’t just a beach party for them; it was also Ed’s birthday celebration.

What a perfect way to celebrate … and eat!

There were buffet tables laden with beautifully displayed food for the enjoying. The menu by Chef Brian Freerksen included smoked tomato tortilla soup with avocado, tortilla crunch and aromatic herbs; salad with Romaine lettuce, papaya, Serrano chiles, tomato, smoked chicken, avocado, jack cheese, bacon and a cilantro ranch dressing; a taco station featuring fresh off the grill Mahi Mahi, carne asada, and chicken; refried beans, Spanish rice, and some very tempting desserts like tres leches cake and cinnamon-sugar-crusted churros.

Dancing ranged from funky, to boogie woogie to the classic Tom Cruise “low, low, low down” by Scott Johnston.

Tom Cruise, by the way, frequently visited the club years back when he was filming “Top Gun.” Others celebs that have visited include Christie Brinkley, and a plethora of tennis players including Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

This night everyone felt like a star under the stars. As John Campbell said, “It was perfect. The whole evening was just good fun!”

The club and its owners have their philanthropic side too. They have been proud contributors to many San Diego organizations including local tennis organizations, the Salk Institute, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (which is named after the club owners’ families), and the prestigious Jewel Ball which they host.

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Alex Guss and Kristin Link

Eric Johnson and Natasha Reiss

Jim and Heather Skeen with Guests

Leann MacDougal and Don Dalessio ** John Campbell with Kathryn Murphy

Ted and Michelle Guernee ** Scott Johnston

Augusto Angelucci ** Michelle Guernee with Tahnee McKellar

Tahnee McKellar and Joerg Kruse

Bob and Karen Flynn

Augusto and Colleen Angelucci

Joerg Kruse with his parents

Eric Johnson and Natasha Reiss with Bob and Karen Flynn, and Alex and Chip Rome

Connie and Ed Basterasche with Mac Canty

The Exceptional Xceptions Band

The Dance Scene

Phillipe Feune de Colombi being Phillipe with Tahnee McKellar

Scott Johnston showing his masterful low, low, low, low down....

Sing it Girl!

Natasha Reiss and the Girls Getting Down

Margarete Boucher and Guests

The Table Decorations

Kathryn Murphy and Lance Peto

Chef Brian Freerksen with his Culinary Team!

'Hang Loose' Scott Johnston holding the 'sunset'

Phillipe Feune de Colombi rockin' it with Scott Johnston

Karen Flynn, Scott Johnston, Natasha Reiss, Robin Seay, and Alex Rome

A funny sand surfer at sunset


reported by Margo Schwab


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Yummy Romance at Tapenade with the San Diego Opera


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Tapenade, La Jolla
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM, 7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla.
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Looking good - and thank g*d that Scott's not tucking his shirt into his shorts -

He's wayyyyyyyyyyy too young for the tuck-in. - Bill Andrews

Just the best site--LOVE IT--you are so wonderful....THANKS SO VERY MUCH!!!! XOX Ann Campbell

Thanks Margo...this is a great article, - Pierrette Featherby

Thanks for sending all of the great pictures! Joerg’s parents were thrilled! - Tahnee McKellar

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Yes, the photos from beach party were great.  It really captured how fun it was for everyone. - Lisa Araiza


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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

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