Cloudwalk, Sunshine, and Moon River!

Today was the “Celebration of Pam” — an Open House gala event presented by her husband, Sturges, and their four daughters — a fabulous, festive occasion to commemorate her remarkable life.  Friends and loved ones gathered from 2:00 to 5:30 at Cloudwalk — the Ocean Park beach house that she and Sturges designed not so many years ago.

The guests arrived by the scores, guided to the magical property by balloon bouquets to mark the way and by helpful, handsome parking attendants.  At the beginning of the driveway, we were greeted by a sign-in table and a copy of “The Book of Pam” for each of us.  This is our love letter to Pam, from her daughters, Elizabeth, Sarah, Meredith, Jennifer, her family and her many friends — and most especially from Sturges.  The book is a unique telling, complete with pictures, of Pam’s remarkable life.

The sun shone and but for the gentle breeze off the ocean, it might have been almost too hot.  There was music on the deck.  And a banquet to die for — served by a white aproned crew under the direction of Chef Nanci Main.  Bartender Pamela Jewell served white wine and, later, champagne for a toast following heartfelt words by Sturges.  And then “their song”– “Moon River” sung by Fred Carter with all of us joining in the second time through.  There wasn’t a dry eye.

We admired Pam’s gardens, now lovingly tended by Todd Wiegardt who worked closely with Pam during her last years at Cloudwalk.  And we were invited to roam through the house and to go up to the balcony for the best view of the Pacific Ocean anyone could desire!

I loved it all.  And the best part?  The best part was knowing that Pam had not only created this piece of paradise, she had enjoyed it to the max!  She was house-proud and garden-proud and reveled in sharing her domain with those she cared about.  She would have loved today’s “Celebration of Pam!”

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