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Carol Beule
"Tokyo Dome Show 2014, and Design Elements of Japan"
Monday, September 8, 2014

(Doors Open 6:30PM)

Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California

about our speaker

Carol Beule is an EMMY award winning Costume Designer with a Master of Fine Arts in both Costume and Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She has been a professional Costume Designer since 1974, when she joined United Scenic Artists, a NYC based entertainment union consisting of the creative personnel for designing film, TV commercials, theatre productions and TV shows.

Growing orchids in NYC was not considered a possibility at that time, so she has only grown orchids since moving to Southern California in 1992.  She grows outside (with no greenhouse) in Studio City at the edge of the San Fernando Valley with temperatures ranging from 28 - 111 Fahrenheit.  It has been a challenge to find out what will and will not bloom and prosper under these circumstances.

In her quest to find the perfect plant, Carol discovered the Japanese orchid once called Neofinetia falcata.  Now called Vanda falcata, it renewed her interest in all things Japanese (she once designed Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY with award winning results).  So in February of 2014, she spent 10 days in Tokyo at the Japanese Grand Prix Orchid Show.  Otherwise known as the Tokyo Dome Show, as it is held each year inside the domed baseball stadium that houses the local Tokyo team.

Carol’s presentation will be centered on the Tokyo Dome Orchid Show, both amateur and professional displays at the show and will showcase this year’s award winning plants.  But as she finds most things Japanese to be beautiful, she will present many aspects of the City of Tokyo and the countryside as well.

Carol is a Member of the Orchid Society of Southern California, serves on the Board of Orchid Digest and is an American Orchid Society Student Judge.  She is presently the 1st Vice President of the OSSC, and is on the committee that creates the Society’s display for the Huntington’s Annual October Orchid Show…. and she still works full time!.


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news in brief

  • A NOTE FROM THE OSSC SOUTHLAND DISPLAY COMMITTEE: [Submitted by OSSC 1st VP Carol Beule on July 30, 2014]. The OSSC Southland Display Committee has begun to meet and formulate ideas for the Show.  While things are in their infancy, when we know what help we might need this August/September, you will be sent an email asking for your time.  Until then, remember that we will need many people to help with the set up and take down at the Huntington, so please start grooming and cleaning your plants for their eventual display.  The small buds that are just beginning to develop now might be ready for the October show. There will be a quick lesson in how to prepare at the September meeting.  All healthy (no bugs) and blooming plants are welcome for the exhibit.
  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014]. Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society expresses sincere thanks to Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the prior offer from Rudvalis Orchids.
  • WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK!: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April 18, 2012] As of March 30, anyone visiting the OSSC Facebook page saw a new look, brought about by a new format standard introduced by Facebook. The new look features a beautiful, page-wide photo of a Cattleya taken by OSSC Member Charles B. Boco. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/orchidssc . In a related development, OSSC now has over 200 "likes" on Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add to that number by clicking the "Like " button found to the right of this story. Thanks!

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