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Updated: 04/08/2012 08:00:04AM

Happy 81st Birthday to Chalet Suzanne

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Eric and Dee Hinshaw light the candles on Chalet Suzanne's 81st birthday cake.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Preparation and attention to details are those things for which the Chalet has gained an extensive following. The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce held their Tuesday evening business after hours at Chalet Suzanne, in honor of the resort's 81st birthday.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

This is an example of one of the Chalet's special features: European style decorating.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Dee Hinshaw, owner of Chalet Suzanne with her husband, Eric Hinshaw, stops for a very quick photo with Mary Jane Delestang.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Janice Snell and Sharron Joseph are enjoying the evening.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Jim Way (left) of Capernaum Inn Ministries joins Eric Hinshaw and Diane Stoupa for a picture. The Chamber's Business After Hours event is a great way to network with other business people.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Eric Hinshaw gives Martha Sehi a hug, which Sehi seems to be delighted to return.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Georgia Davis and Mike Morrow are enjoying themselves. Attached to the back of her head is a birthday hat in honor of the Chalet's 81st birthday.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Nancy Hoyt and Ellis Hunt enjoy a laugh together as people continued to pour in the doors for Tuesday night's event.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Debbie Deknes and Michelle Rivers, Chalet Suzanne hostesses, pour glasses of wine and punch.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Eric and Dee Hinshaw share a little of Chalet Suzanne's history and thank everyone for coming to their 81st Birthday Celebration.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Not everyone stayed inside for the Business After Hours. A few people meandered outside, finding a comfortable seat away from the bustle, nestled next to the wrought iron gates which line the walkway.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Artist Ann Rosenvald Moore flashes her ever-captivating smile.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Special events are a chance for special photos, as evidenced by this cheerful group of chums (from left): former Miss Universe Sylvia Hitchcock Carson, Mary Jane Delestang, Shirley Oliver Tyler, and Mimi Reid Hardman.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Food, friends, and fun were the hallmarks of the Chalet's party.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Licensed massage therapist John Walldorf (right) was on hand to give short neck massages, summoned to the event by Chalet Suzanne. When Hinshaw made the announcement of a short massage, "ooohs" went through the crowd.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Brian Marbut, president-elect of the Chamber of Commerce, visits with Dave Winters.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Eric Hinshaw (left) takes time to visit before he tells a little about Chalet's history.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The Chamber event, having started at 5:30 Tuesday evening, was well attended, with people continuing to arrive for nearly an hour.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Balloons and a punch bowl add to the decorations for the Chalet birthday party.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The Chamber's Business After Hours event is a great way to catch up on the latest news.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Velma Henry of the Green and Gold Foundation found a quiet tapestry chair in the midst of the festivities.

Photos by Kathy Leigh Berkowitz

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The Chalet seemed it would burst at the seams as people from the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce packed the house in honor of Chalet Suzanne’s 81st Birthday Celebration held during the Chamber’s most recent Tuesday night Business After Hours. The warm after-hours crowd enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and birthday cake in honor of the occasion. Dee and Eric Hinshaw, owners of the Chalet, welcomed the Chamber guests, noting that the Chalet heavily supports the local economy and has many meals that are not priced at typical resort prices. New Chamber members were honored and announcements were made of various upcoming community events. The Hinshaws then led the group in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” and lit the candles on the birthday cake.


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