Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas at Carey's

A Holiday get-together and Christmas Tree viewing was hosted for the Tubman Staff past and present by former Director Carey Pickard at his home. Shown (L to R) are: Adra Dudley, Rashonda Welch, Keith Moffet, Renita Patterson, Travis Blackwell, Jeffrey Bruce, Nancy Willis, and Carey Pickard.

World's cutest co-workers

Travis and Rashonda love working together at the Tubman Museum.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Season's Greetings From Millie, Pierre and Basil

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Lost Weekend Continues with "Gay" Tree Trimming Party

Friends Mary and Bob Mathis hosted a Tree Trimming party on Sunday, December 11th. The party brought together new friends and old who enjoyed delicious food, exciting conversation, Christmas music, and the fun of collaborating on the decorating of the tree. Pictured are Travis, Chris, Crystal, James, and Jason. Not shown are hosts Bob and Mary (and children Mandi and Robby). Door prizes were given.
See Crystal's blog!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Annual Christmas party turns "Wild"

Drew and Jennifer Moss hosted the annual St. Paul's 'Food and Friends' group Christmas party at their lovely home on Desoto Place last night. While attendance was mild, the holiday spirit was abundant as guests enjoyed a potluck dinner and a "dirty" Santa gift exchange. In the gift exchange, guests drew numbers for a random gift. Recipients then had the opportunity to "steal" a gift that had already been opened in lieu of the one they had drawn. A bottle of Irish Cream was highly sought after and passed through many hands until finally resting with the Brices'. In an unexpected turn, Chris and Travis ended up with the same gift they brought, a DVD of the classic 60's Christmas film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

The event was all the more special this year as the Mosses have recently announced Jennifer's pregnancy.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Dinner Party 'Smashing' Success

A wonderful wine tasting dinner party was held last night at the home of dear friends Swan and Crystal. The company numbered around 14. Everyone was asked to bring a bottle of wine about which they could give a description, or some history or background. As each bottle was opened, the "bringer" gave the description and a sample was had by all. It was a wonderful way to learn about a variety of wines, as well as to introduce the interesting mix of guests to eachother. Despite the many bottles consumed, none seemed worse the wear for their indulgence.

The tasting continued over dinner, a delighful meal of salad, bread, chicken, pasta, and asparagus, prepared by Crystal and daughter Marion. Dinner was followed by a selection of two desserts and coffee.

The dutiful hostess was asked to make a list of all the wines we enjoyed so that we may all remember, savor, and serve them in the future. Here follows a list of the selections (and a note from Crystal), which I can heartily recommend to everyone:

Dear Wine Enthusiasts and Funny, Kind People,
Thanks so much for bringing your sophisticated palates and equally
sophisticated (and delightful) wines and conversation to our home last
evening. There is nothing more delightful than sharing good food, wine and conversation with lovely souls such as yourselves. As promised, here is a list of the wines that we drank, and the names of the people who brought them.

Nicolas Ealy
Beaujolais Villages/ Louis Jadot (2004)

Roz & Marion McMillan
St. Urbans-Hoff Reisling (2004)

Dee Russell
Prospero Cabernet Sauvignon (2000)

Sue Thornton & Agon Kabashi
Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot (2003)

Nash and Jenny Mayfield
Trimbach Reisling (Alsace) 2002

Toni&Guy Lachine
Barton &Guestier Vouvray (2004)

Travis Blackwell
Justin Cabernet Sav. (2003)**

Crystal & Swan
Crane Lake Merlot (California) 2003

I think that most of you said that you found your selections at "The Depot"
on Pio Nono. I hope that we get to see some of you over the holidays. Thanks for getting me, literally, "in the spirit".



P.S. Susan D. and John Mark I hope that you can join us the next time.

**This wine probably can't be had as the private warehouse in which it was
housed burned down. We had one of the bottles from the few remaining cases that were salvaged.(I just love this kind of interesting tidbit, don't you?)

**Editor's Note: Actually, there are a few bottles to be had at Vineville Beverage and Cigar

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