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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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"We’ve had the pleasure of attending several of the Brandes’ parties and the experience never ceases to amaze us. This is a labor of love for Tanya. An artistic expression as if she were painting it on a canvas. We were particularly stunned by the vignettes. One perfectly executed story after another. It was Grimm's’–alive " - Bonnie Saldivar-Jones


"This party was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. There are simply not enough words to describe the event; only by experiencing it is one truly able to appreciate it. Every detail was carefully thought through. There was even a headless horseman guarding the front gate!

After making it past the headless horseman, and the vigilant security team checking in guests for the night, you begin to crest the hill and approaching the top of the property. Smoke and lights set the mood, along with a body hanging from the tree, twitching randomly, telling us there was something magical awaiting us. There certainly was: The Dark Forest. 

What stood out most for me was how well everything was put together; everything just flowed together. The theme, the actors, costumes, and decorations all created a mystical and magical experience!

The haunted house could never be expected. The quality of the visual experience and the level of production were amazing. But, if anything was to take my breath away, it was the Grand Ballroom. Simply Amazing! The Dark Forest was not dark any more. It was eloquently lit and the mood was set welcoming you to a world you don’t normally get to visit. The furniture, lighting and arrangement detailing every nuance of the night was highlighted in the Grand Ballroom. Simply put the Grand Ballroom was comfortable, beautiful and even magical....."

"But there can only be one truly “best costume” and that would have to go to Tanya Brandes as Little Red Riding Hood. There were a few of them but hers was the best. She looked very elegant. I wouldn't’t want Charles Brandes to feel left out, he came in as my runner up as the Werewolf!" - Marina Phillips


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Regina Victoria Vanderwerff with Sarah Nicole Dolgen ** The Sea Nymph Marina Phillips

Lady Godiva Meaghan Hunt

Margo with Denise Hug, Tanya Brandes, and Valerie Cooper

Tracy Conway with Tanya, and Joe Conway

Lynda Kerr with Scott the Warrior, and Maree Mossmer


Oksana Davis with Meaghan Hunt, Tanya Brandes, Steve Finley, and one sweet 'gal,' Alex Baronjan!

Feelin' Frosty, Jeff and Deni Jacobs

Debby and Hal Jacobs

Colette Carson Royston with The 'True Wiz,' Ivor Royston!

Pretty Witch Lee Clark

The Jacobs Family - Jeff and Deni Jacobs with Debby and Hal Jacobs

The Party Scene

The smartest 'nymphs' around, Attorney 'River Nymph' with Bank 'Sea Nymph' Oksana Davis and Marina Phillips

Charles Brandes with Bonnie Saldivar-Jones

Three Fair Maidens - Dr. Sharon Clancy,  Dr. Mytien Goldberg and Marina Phillips

The Forest Warrior with Rocio Bernal Flynn

Meaghan Hunt and Marina Phillips

Caroline Spliethoff and Dr. Hans Lemmers

The Halloween Bash scene with Colette Carson Royston in a cape of roses

More coming ....

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reported by Margo Schwab

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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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