new chandeliers draw your eye to the ceiling and help
you quickly grasp why the room was named Parasol.
Marty McBride and her husband, Dale, mingled with the
crowd. They're at the niche that marks the entry to the
Parasol Room. She said it will have a table and artwork
as soon as the items arrive.
bar features a wood detail lit from within.
handsome set of carved doors separates the bar from the
rest of the building. The medium-tone brown of the wood
is echoed on all the doors.
Sunday, July 22, 2001
turned out Saturday afternoon for a celebration at the Rancho
Murieta Country Club marking the reopening of the Parasol
Room and the 19th Hole Lounge.
by a small band, members wandered between the bar and the
dining room snacking on sushi and salmon and admiring the
results of months of remodeling.
California influence is evident throughout the design, from
the rounded edges of walls and arches to tiled niches and
handmade, black iron light fixtures. Designer Marty McBride
drifted through the crowd with her husband, Dale, listening
to the members reacting with pleasure to the changes. Her
goal, she said, was to "make the building what it wanted
to be from the beginning" and she praised the craftsmen
who carried out the work.
wall punctuated with several sets of doors now separates
the two rooms. The wood tones of the doors and frames stand
out against the white of the wall. The subtle texture of
hand-planed door panels gives the connotation of age and
tradition. The retractable accordion partition that was
used previously to divide the two spaces has become a distant
welcome change is the entry to the two spaces. The perfunctory
hallway has become a foyer with a niche that's the focal
point for the entry to the Parasol Room.
handmade Turkish rug in muted tones sits on the dark, tile
floor. The rug, said McBride, "has the look of a really
fine antique without the price." Beyond
this entrance, an archway leads to the bar.
now readily apparent how the Parasol Room derived its name.
The new chandeliers draw your gaze to the intersecting ceiling
beams, which create the illusion of a huge market umbrella
opened over the entire room.
crowd grew, the noise level rose, and it took a bit of maneuvering
to get to the bar and the hors d'oeuvres tables. Undaunted,
one woman surveyed the scene happily and remarked, "This
is what we've needed."
Parasol Room will be open for business by noon Tuesday,
the club says, and Friday-night entertainment resumes at
the 19th Hole this week.