Thursday, December 7, 2006
December 22 is my friend Jane’s birthday and we celebrate every year at the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery Christmas Gala.
It’s a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday -- both for the birthday girl and the friend.
We’ve gone to this tea/lunch since its inception and have always had a wonderful time and wonderful food. This year was just as good!
We were talking at the table this past Saturday about some of the other teas -- my oldest granddaughter Meredith and Jane’s oldest grandson Dustin attended in the early years with us.
The year they first came, the Belles and Books offered a “children’s tea” with etiquette lessons.
I was so proud of Meredith and Dustin. Carolyn McCrosky gave them their “lesson” and the two followed instructions carefully.
Dustin very carefully didn’t say that he didn’t care for the “girly” food and Meredith only fell out of her chair one time.
By the time the Binkster was old enough to be in Mrs. McCrosky’s kindergarten class, “only falling out of the chair one time” was a running joke between the two of them.
It’s hard to say now who thinks it’s more of a treat -- Jane or Binky. The Binkster is in full Nutcracker mode at this time of year and she’s convinced that she is as adult as Jane and I (and all the other ladies there) and really considers herself our cohort instead of a “child.”
This past Saturday it was once again impossible to say which of the tables were the prettiest. Our table had a gold mesh package centerpiece with gold mesh deer and Christmas tree plates. It was stunning!
But the table across from us had Christmas birds -- chickadees and cardinals and such -- on their plates.
Then the table beside ours had fantastic butterfly napkin holders. And there was the table with the penguin plates and the Christmas cowboy table with a cactus as the centerpiece and sheepskin chair covers with bandannas as napkins.
Of course, you can’t not mention the table with the glass cylinder holding huge red Christmas balls.
I can safely say that Binky loved the ’60s retro table the most. The aluminum Christmas tree and pink and green Christmas decorations were, as Binky put it -- “way too cute!”
We can always tell it’s time for the Art Gallery gala by other events going on. The Saturday of the tea is always the Saturday of Jane’s youngest grandchild Sam’s birthday party.
Binky always has Nutcracker rehearsal.
Saturday was no different -- Jane left from the tea headed to Sam’s birthday party. Binky and I had been at rehearsal all morning, left Oxford, came to the tea and then headed back to Oxford for more rehearsal.
Christmas traditions are wonderful things! Long may they last!
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