Spokane Lilac Festival 2018 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

The Divaz are always happy to support our military so we were honored to participate in the 80th anniversary of Spokane Washington's Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. This ear, their theme was "Swing into Spokane" with a mission of "honoring our military, empowering our youth and showcasing our region". 

The DIvaz were also honored to receive 3rd place Torchlight Award for best lighting

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The Rosies of the Blazen DIvaz - We can do it!

The Rosies of the Blazen DIvaz - We can do it!

Choreographer Chris Anderson

Choreographer Chris Anderson

A couple of our Divaz Dudez - ready to help keep us safe.

A couple of our Divaz Dudez - ready to help keep us safe.

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The Blazen Divaz light up the night!

The Blazen Divaz light up the night!

A-10 Warthog Display at the Coeur d'Alene Airport

An invitation to participate in our own community events is always a happy "Yes" for us. On Septmeber 9th, the Divaz had a great time performing (and posing) at The Coeur d'Alene Airport's "Airplanes, Boats and Hot Rod" event, featuring 2 A-10 Warthogs.

 

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Divaz member and Pilot Tonya, brought out her plane for the event. Here she is posing with our choreographer, Chris Anderson, and the other DIvaz.

Divaz member and Pilot Tonya, brought out her plane for the event. Here she is posing with our choreographer, Chris Anderson, and the other DIvaz.

Here's proof that the Blazen Divaz can do more than just dance!  Here, they assist Diva and Pilot, Tonya Rutan to take her airplane, a 1965 Cherokee, out of the hangar.

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The A-10 Warthogs prepare to leave.

The A-10 Warthogs prepare to leave.

Pausing to pray for those affected by the recent hurricanes, flooding and forest fires.

Pausing to pray for those affected by the recent hurricanes, flooding and forest fires.

"The A-10/OA-10C Thunderbolt II, or "Warthogs" have excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms."

"The A-10/OA-10C Thunderbolt II, or "Warthogs" have excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms."

St. Marie's Paul Bunyan Days Celebration Parade

The DIvaz were invited to participate in the Paul Bunyan Days Celebration Parade for the 3rd year in a row. A member of their Chamber of Commerce confided to John that she received no fewer than fifty calls from residents who wanted to be sure that The Blazen DIvaz were performing.

The 4-day celebration also includes a carnival in city park, a Junior Olympic skills competition, logging events, a quilt show, a 5K fun run, pool events, a "Topless Bar" (which is, in reality, a bar without a roof; therefore, topless) and a stunning fireworks display after the sun goes down.

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A quick run-through before the parade.

A quick run-through before the parade.

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The Dudez

The Dudez

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2017 Coeur d'Alene American Hero's Parade

The Divaz are always excited to participate in the 4th of July festivities here in Coeur d'Alene and this year was no different.   The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. — an hour earlier than in previous years. It wound its way along Sherman Avenue beginning at 15th Street and ending at Government Way.  We were excited to learn that we won a First Place award for Drill/Marching unit!  

We're ready to rock and roll!

We're ready to rock and roll!

The sailor hat topper was created by Linda Camp, one of our very own Divaz.

The sailor hat topper was created by Linda Camp, one of our very own Divaz.

Forever remembered.

Forever remembered.

Grateful to live in such a beautiful area.

Grateful to live in such a beautiful area.

First Place award in the category Drill/Marching Unit

First Place award in the category Drill/Marching Unit

Welcome William Ross Wallace Back to Wallace, Idaho

The Blazen Divas were invited to participate in a historic event in Wallace, Idaho today.  This year's Founder's Day Parade was organized to welcome back the tombstone of William Ross Wallace, the founder of the town of Wallace.  The tombstone had been missing for quite some time.

Per the Wallace Founder's Day website "Col. William Ross Wallace purchased land where the town now sits in the 1880s. Unbeknownst to him the cash he used was counterfeit.  After the funny money was discovered, the then Mayor Wallace left town under a cloud of suspicion.  Fast forward to today and the community seeks to redeem Col. Wallace’s reputation in addition to his grave marker."


Wallace died in Whittier, California, where his tombstone was placed.  Later the town turned the cemetery into a park and moved "some" of the bodies and stacked many tombstones somewhere on city property (apparently that was okay?)  At some point, the city gave the tombstone along with 4 truckloads of other grave markers to a collector in Acton, California.  In 2016, researchers found the tombstone and brought it back to Wallace.  

Today, it was positioned in a place of honor by the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum. Thank you, CIty of Wallace, for inviting us to your celebration.


Today, it was positioned in a place of honor by the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum. Thank you, CIty of Wallace, for inviting us to your celebration.


For more information on William R. Wallace, visit the Wallace Founder's Day Website.

Carousel Returns to Coeur d'Alene

The Blazen Divaz participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new (old) carousel today and took one of the inaugural ride! The carousel was built by the Spillman Engineering Co. in 1922. In 1974, the carousel was sold and left the area to locations unknown.

In 2011, John and Pat purchased the carousel and donated it to the CDA Carousel Foundation. In 2015, Bud Ford (seen cutting the ribbon) offered a matching fund and pledged $200,000 to the building project.

It is now restored and operating again. Free rides were given today, courtesy of Idaho Central Credit Union. The carousel will be open for rides again starting the weekend of Car d'Alene.

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Diva Diane enjoying her carousel ride.

Diva Diane enjoying her carousel ride.

Divaz Raise Funds for “Women of World War II” Exhibit at Farragut State Park



From the Idaho Parks and recreation page: "ATHOL, ID (Sunday, May 28, 2017):
 
"Farragut State Park’s Museum at the Brig will be joining with a Coeur D’ Alene Idaho women’s organization, the Blazin’ Divas, to present an all new exhibit called “Women of World War II” on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Each year, the Blazin’ Diva’s raise funds to support a cause or action that will benefit the women of our area. Last year they worked with Farragut Park Ranger Errin Bair to come up with an idea for the Museum at the Brig. They wanted something that would honor the women who volunteered their time and served our country during the war.
 

["Being able to help with a display that brings that history forward and for the community to appreciate, it's a value to young and old alike," Parmann said. "We're extremely excited."

Bair has been working at Farragut for 14 years and is in charge of the museum exhibits. She was excited to accept the donation to get this project off the ground.

“Putting together this exhibit led us to change multiple exhibits at the museum and basically give the whole place a freshening up”, Bair said, “We love the fact that each year we are able to have new exhibits and displays for our visitors to see; nothing stays stagnant. This year, with the help of the Blazin’ Divas, we are able to honor those women who worked at Farragut in the hospital, administration, and many other jobs and we are also able to show people just how much this country came together in a time of need.”"

 

The new Women of World War II Exhibit - John, and Julia with Park Ranger Errin Bair
Diva Diane, who coordinated efforts between the Blazen Divaz and Farragut Park

Diva Diane, who coordinated efforts between the Blazen Divaz and Farragut Park