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'Downton Abbey' replicated for Los Altos fundraiser


Courtesy of Nomi Trapnell
Doris and Kristen Fuller, from left, flank Lord Grantham, who graces the 7-foot-by-30-foot backdrop featuring other “Downton Abbey” characters at the Los Altos History Museum fundraiser.

Fans of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” turned out by the dozens for the July 19 Los Altos History Museum fundraiser held at the home of Nomi and Fritz Trapnell.

“We had about 80 people, almost all in costume,” said Nomi, president of the museum’s board of directors. “They really got into the history and had fun with it.”

Elaborate backdrops set the tone – Jan Fong, former museum board member and retired Boston Bank vice president, loaned the 7-foot-by-30-foot panel that featured the Downton estate, staff and family.

Echoing the show’s storyline when opera diva Nellie Melba visits Downton Abbey, Los Altos resident Mady Kahn took the stage and performed arias. Community School of Music and Arts piano student and recent Los Altos Live! headliner Justin Read, provided musical accompaniment.

“He studied the music from this period (1912-1922) and did a marvelous job with it,” said Trapnell of Read. “Then he cut loose with his incredible rendition of ‘Amazing Grace,’ which he played at Los Altos Live! and brought down the house.”

Later, the group sang along to old-time favorites from the period, led by Fritz Trapnell and Sally Ricci.

The Trapnells, Diane Claypool and Laura and Doug Debs hosted the event. Volunteers included current and past board members Dan Haley, Barbara Mordo, Karen Purtich, Ginger Summit, Sande Stuart, Virginia Farthing and Pat Reed.

Proceeds support the museum’s programs.

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