Five Crowns For Dinner! Life Is Good! 12/16/10
We Finish The Evening At The Five Crowns... Tradition
Did you know? - In 1965, the Frank and Van de Kamp families, famous for their restaurant innovations of Lawry's The Prime Rib and Tam O'Shanter Inn, undertook the development of yet another enduring legend. Inspired by a love for English country inns, Richard N. Frank spearheaded the recreation of England's oldest country inn, Ye Olde Bell (est. 1135 A.D.), and named it Five Crowns. The magic of Five Crowns' English character is reflected in both its fine food and enchanting décor. Heavy wood paneling, antique furnishings, cozy fireplaces and attentive staff capture the romantic spirit of Olde England. The atmosphere is inviting, the service impeccable. From fine china, pristine linens and sparkling crystal, no detail is overlooked.
James, Vicky and Del begin the cavorting
Sue and the birthday boy
Greg and Carri
Becca and Zack
Louisa and Mitch
Linda and James
"Hey look... I got him to wear a tie"
"What did you order Vicky?"
It is working
Life through a glass of wine
Dinner Is Served
Stories begin to fly
The bell ringers were great
Did you know? - In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the sound of a bell could disperse thunder. A large number of bell-ringers were electrocuted as a result. For example, in France between the years 1753 and 1786, 103 bell-ringers were killed during thunderstorms as a result of holding on to wet bell ropes. The Parlement of Paris enforced an edict in 1786 to forbid the practice. Deaths likely continued until the 18th century, when the lightning rod came into general use.
Did you know? - The first tuned handbells were developed by brothers Robert and William Cor in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, between 1696 and 1724. The Cor brothers originally made latten bells for hame boxes, but for reasons unknown, they began tuning their bells more finely to have an accurate fundamental tone, and fitted them with hinged clappers that moved only in one plane.
Originally, tuned sets of handbells, such as the ones made by the Cor brothers, were used by change ringers to rehearse outside their towers. Tower bell ringers' enthusiasm for practicing the complicated algorithms of change ringing can easily exceed the neighbours' patience, so in the days before modern sound control handbells offered them a way to continue ringing without the aural assault. The handbell sets used by change ringers had the same number of bells as in the towers — generally six or 12 tuned to a diatonic scale.
Handbells were first brought to the United States from England by Margaret Shurcliff in 1902.
The Cake Arrives... Time For Some Fun
"What is this supposed to be? I want 66 candles because mu old hands are cold!"
Ol' Windy at work
No! All the wine glasses are NOT Paul's
"Where are my sunglasses??"
"I hope it doesn't go off!"
Amazing he did it
No Paul... Do not try to see if it will stick to the ceiling!
He he he... It stuck
Del is telling a story
We were in the Garden Room
Time To Head For Home
All of us!
If you can't see the camera then it cannot see you
Darn little blue pills... Or big blue guy
Del wants my tie
Oh oh... They are together again
Headed home... Great evening
Foodies going home
We made it