50 Retired Pro Volleyball Champs Enjoy Inaugural Reunion at ArtBeat on Main Street
Vista CA– ArtBeat on Main Street’s eclectic gallery and wine lounge in Vista may seem like an unlikely setting for a pro volleyball reunion. But surrounded by art in a welcoming facility both spacious and intimate, more than 50 male and female, indoor and beach, nationally and internationally recognized champs, primarily from the 1970s and ‘80s, had a ball on September 28, 2014. They reconnected with former competitors, reminisced over good food and drink, recounted exciting highlights of their successful careers and gathered outside the gallery for an iconic photo.
The star-studded event was hosted by ArtBeat artist Patty Waite and her volleyball standout husband Stu Waite. Among the professionals in attendance from around Southern California were Dennis Hare and George Stepanof, recently inductees of the new Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame; Jack Henn, coach of the 1973 Division I National Champion SDSU team, who also participated in the 1968 Olympics; Frank Kingery, 1966 member of the World Championship in Czechoslovakia; Duncan McFarland, MVP of SDSU’s 1973 championship team; and Mark Warner, indoor coach of the year for SDSU’s 1995 women’s team, which won the school’s first Western Athletic Conference Championship. Warner was also a 12-time USVBA All American player and masters division MVP at the USA Volleyball National Championship.
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ArtBeat on Main Street co-op gallery and wine lounge is located at 330 Main Street in downtown Vista. It is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00am-7:30pm; Thursday-Saturday, 11:00am-8:30pm; Sunday, Noon-7:00pm. For information, visit www.artbeatonmainstreet.com, www.facebook.com/artbeatonmainstreet or discover Vista’s creative vibe in person. To learn about gallery partnering opportunities, including space rentals, email email@example.com.