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The Brandes Halloween Ball....

A Night in 'The Dark Forest' of Tanya and Charles Brandes

'Crafted for the Most Daring Souls'

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"Tanya and Charles went all out and choreographed an event that was over the top. The evening was nothing short of a fairytale that came to life right before our eyes.” - Vince Heald

Proceeding to the multi-level Conservatory, a bar was on hand or rather, lots of hands were available to tend to drinks.

Upon entering the main room, there were Grimm Reminders' ... Vignettes were relived through oversized paintings, and detailed decorations.... yes that was Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread and Candy seen inside one clear table top....

The MASS Ensemble (that's Music, Architecture, Sight and Sound) performed, blending their visual art with music for a kinetic performance as guests dined on such Waters Fine Catering dishes as 'Sleeping Beauty,' heart shaped ravioli in heart shapes, filled with squash, with a saffron 'caviar' sauce and accented by a 23 Karat Painted Gold Needle....

Looking way up towards the ceiling, a 200 foot Earth Harp, the world's largest string instrument spanned the entire space. A time of revelry.... a time where no one could foresee what would happen next....


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The Tin Man and Dorothy.....Dave Oei and Deidre Brandes-Oei and Toto too!

Jeff Jacobs with Wolverine Charles Brandes and Hal Jacobs

Oksana Davis with Meaghan Hunt, Steve Finley, and Marina Phillips


Sleeping Beauty....


Hansel and Gretel

Snow White

Little Red Riding Hood

A Perfect Night for .... The Big Bad Wolf!

A Hansel and Gretel themed table

Bonnie Saldivar-Jones and Peter Jones

The one and only 'Frog'.... Bertrand Hug

The Russian Dynamic Duo, Marina Phillips and Oksana Davis!

Up high, MASS performed, wowing 'fairy tale' guests with their multi-artistic talents

Golden Maiden of the Forest Caroline Spliethoff with Dr. Hans Lemmers, looking Fierce!

Bonnie Saldivar-Jones with Marina Phillips and Oksana Davis

Bonnie Saldivar-Jones checking out the back of a Dark Forest gown

Phil Enzler and his Queen of Hearts

King Michael Flynn with Lady Rocio Bernal Flynn

Meaghan Hunt aka Lady Godiva and Steve Finley with Marina Phillips and one cute 'girl' ...Alex Baronjan


Tanya with Marina Phillips

Little Red Riding Hood with Guests

The Pan Seared Duarte Salmon enticing Forest Creatures to the table

David Copley, no mask now... in an elaborate costume from an L.A. Producer Friend

David Copley with mask as 'The Beast' with Colette Royston

Valerie Cooper... a Dark Forest 'Paparazzi' with Robert Singer, and Denise Hug

Gerry Parsky, headless no more, with his wife Robin Parsky

Guests of the Middle Ages Dr. Steve & Heather Reider

Forest Guests Ellie Cunningham & Jori Potiker-Brown

Oksana Davis with Deni Jacobs, Marina Phillips, and Jeff Jacobs

Above and below, Valerie Cooper (giving her traditional Halloween lick) with Andrew Shelton aka The Happy Prince, and Denise Hug

Ivor Royston and Bertrand Hug ** Bloody Fun Guests Ann and Richard Jaffe

Above and Below, Sheri Jamieson, Tatiana from Midsummer Nights Dream, falling to the charm of 'The Beast' of Beauty and The Beast..... David Copley

Joe and Tracy Conway ** Colette Royston

Lady Rocio Bernal Flynn ** Ice King and Queen Jeff and Deni Jacobs

King Michael Flynn with Lady Rocio Flynn ** Sprite Blair Harris with Samara Kline

Lynda Kerr with Maree and Michael Mossmer

Little Red Riding Hood

The Dark Forest's Harry Cooper with the Belle of the Forest, Little Red Riding Hood, Tanya Brandes

Meaghan Hunt with Steve Finley

Tanya enjoying a laugh with Pirate Robert Singer

Beware Little Red Riding Hood's hatchet

Pirate Robert Singer with Tanya Brandes, and Harry Cooper

Dracula Richard Jaffe and the Werewolf Charles Brandes catching up on 'dining' tips

Above and Below, Denise Hug with Tanya, and Valerie Cooper

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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 by way of Claremont Graduate School . 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.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego County, Country Friends, the San Diego American Heart Association, and the San Diego Humane Society.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are new members of the University Club.. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are also credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.



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