1964 Chickens’ Ball – A Thirteenth Toast to the Barbary Coast

Says Rosemary Bishop, General Chairman in ’64 of her experiences with A Thirteenth Toast to the Barbary Coast, “I loved everyone, from my Assistant Chairman, Doris Nelson, to the man who sat for hours on the hard bleachers to see the show. The Chickens’ Ball is well established in the City of San Carlos and the people are terrific.”

It seems that everyone who has ever worked closely with the Ball says the same thing over and over again – the Ball is great fun and the people are tremendous – and perhaps our readers are becoming a little tired of the repetition. However, that’s what everyone keeps telling us and with so many people praising the Ball and our town so highly, perhaps their statements deserve repeating.

In 1964, a pair of cupids – the brain-children of Production Manager, Jean McGann – introduced the various acts. Garbed in long undies, wings and white make up  with Topsy-like wigs, Doris Tonsager and Ginny Grant were their usual incomparable selves.

Theme for the flip-card commercials was Why Should You Roam When You Can Shop at Home? Traditional Ball favorites, Gina Nelson and Tina Ferem contributed their equally stunning, if somewhat divergent talents to the occasion, along with Hugh Malley, Lois Foll, Phyllis Ricklefs, Gerry Einarsson, Web Bateman, Jackie Hynes, Ruth Roland, and many others who shared entr’acte honors.

Some of the more memorable skits included A Toast to the Barbary Coast, presented by the San Carlos Newcomers and starring Jain DeAngeles, Kathryn Dunn, Ruth Lorvick, Pat Sully, and Susan Keyes.

Don Ellington, Bob Wallace, Bill Wallace, John Grant, Ed Vanderslice, Betty Koger, Carrie Ellington, Leroy Smith and other members of the Swingin’ Y’ers gave us Thru a Gilded Frame.

Then there was the Biggest Aspidistra song, tenderly rendered by Eleanor Dietz, Bedelia, by Gordon and Helen Craig, and a Tick in Time, presented by the San Carlos Education Association.

With Rosemary Bishop, Doris Nelson, Jean McGann and Gay Harding in command, the Ball continued to skyrocket as nearly 700 people helped stage the ’64 production.

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