Retro Martini Party - February 24, 2012
At our 2012 Retro Martini Party guests were enthralled by the Leo S. & Ester Maranz House, also known as the “Gull Wing House,” designed by architect Val Powelson in 1960. Sited on the Tamarisk Country Club, the home’s three-pointed star floor plan is a midcentury architectural wonder rarely open to the public. The Maranz House appears on the cover of the book Palm Springs Weekend and became part of television history in 2003 when it served as the backdrop for the reality show “Boy Meets Boy.” More interestingly, in large part the home owes its creation to an icon of American pop culture: the Tastee Freez machine. In 1950 Leo Maranz invented a technically novel soft-serve ice cream pump and freezer. Leo formed a partnership with entrepreneur Harry Axene to market the revolutionary invention. Together Maranz and Axene formed Tastee Freez, one of the oldest franchise operations in the United States. We were pleased that current owner Judi Sheppard Missett, the founder and CEO of Jazzercise, joined in the event. This year the vintage evening attire worn by the guests was at pinnacle.