New Years Celebration 2013... One More Year!

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other!

Remember: New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions. - Mark Twain

What A Year..... We Ended 2012 At The Long Beach Marriott With Friends

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

It Began With An Invitation

He's back... After a two year hiatus, Tracy was asked to come back to the Marriott! Yeah for us! NO loud music for 20-somes this year... We get responsible adults who spend money and have fun!

We Gathered The Gang And Off We Went

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Some of us needed be home and some of us stayed overnight to avoid the traffic

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
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Where? The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel!

Explore a resort-like hotel near Long Beach Airport offering complimentary airport shuttle and complimentary parking in a secure suburban location.

Providing ideal freeway access to top attractions, this Long Beach Airport hotel is near major sports venues, Disneyland, and Aquarium of the Pacific .

The hotel staff were extremely friendly and arranged it so our entire group could all sit together.

The music by Tracy Wells was fantastic... It's great to hear real Big Band music again at the hotel.

Many of us took advantage of their great offer and stayed overnight and enjoyed waking up to a nice breakfast and a glass of champagne!

Thank you Marriott for a great evening!

Who Was Here?

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Hey there... Ready to dance?? Marianne and Craig

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Donna and Bob

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
The Newlyweds - Alfredo (Fred) and Mary

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Kathy and Ed

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Del and Vicky

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Greg and Carri

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
AJ and Laura

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Paul and Sue


Vince and Nancy (Vince was out dancing all evening)

Let The Fun Begin!

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
OMG.... Vicky already has a drink!

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Laura and AJ made it from Sun City ... For a while

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
The bandstand was setup and ready to go

Did You Know? - A bandstand is a circular or semicircular structure set in a park, garden, pier, or indoor space, designed to accommodate musical bands performing concerts. A simple construction, it both creates an ornamental focal point and also serves acoustic requirements while providing shelter for the changeable weather, if outdoors.

Many bandstands in the United Kingdom originated in the Victorian era as the British brass band movement gained popularity. Smaller bandstands are often not much more than gazebos. Much larger bandstands such as that at the Hollywood Bowl may be called bandshells and usually take a shape similar to a quarter sphere. Though many bandstands fell into disuse and disrepair in the post-war period, the cultural project the Bandstand Marathon has seen bandstands across the U.K utilized for free live concerts since 2008.

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Roy and Bernice from Alpine Village

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Drink #2... This is gonna be a great evening!!

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
It's OK... Del is driving... Oh oh!

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Ed was all smile this evening

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Nancy and Kathy

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Roy has a good listener....

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
"I'm keeping an eye on you!"

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Dr. Mary

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
The hall was beautifully decorated for the evening

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
It's OK.... Not a robbery.... Just Laura

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Marianne and Craig arrive

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Greg joined us this evening

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
"I'm ready for midnight!"

OK, Let's Dance

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
The music gets underway


Tracy and Paul go back to the 1960's when they worked together on Apollo! (Courtesy of the VickyCam)

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Time to dance

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Follow the fickle finger of fate

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
"If I close my eyes maybe he will stop!"

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
"Look... She is doing 33 1/3 RPM"

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
The Tracy Wells Band is simply great


Tracy also trips the light fantastic (Courtesy of the VickyCam)

Did You Know? - Tracy Wells – A Long Beach resident,Tracy is a transplanted Midwesterner from Quincy, Illinois. In earlier years he led big bands at the U.S. Naval Academy and at the University of Missouri. Later in Southern California he was featured with the Johnny Ricardo Latin band, free-lanced with jazz groups, vocal groups, and led other bands. Tracy is a trumpeter, vibraphonist, vocalist and arranger.

Ginger Berglund – Contributing her excellent voice to the band’s variety in programming and complementing the band’s swinging styles with her polished performances of ballads, swing, and jazz – even in foreign languages – Ginger reflects her extensive experience in theater, opera, other bands and jazz groups.

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Awaiting the stroke of midnight

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
"I'll just wait right here"

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
She has finished the glasses... Now using flask directly ... This is a bad sign

Did You Know? - The hip flask began to appear in the form recognized today in the 18th century, initially used by members of the gentry. However, less compact versions had been in production for several centuries. Notably, in the Middle Ages, there are several accounts of gutted fruit being used to store liquor. During the 18th century, women boarding docked British warships would smuggle gin into the ship via makeshift flasks, created from pig's bladders and hidden inside their petticoats. Following the act of prohibition in 1920s America, the state of Indiana banned the sale of cocktail shakers and hip flasks.

Antique hip flasks, particularly those made of silver, are now sought-after collector's items. The hip flask appears frequently in comedy, in part because it allows drinking in inappropriate situations where a bottle would not normally be found--for instance, in Two and a Half Men, where Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) drinks alcohol from a hip flask during a funeral.

In the Royal Air Force, "hip-flask" was used as code for a revolver.

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
" It's medicinal I tell you!!"

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel
Who me make noise???

New Years Eve 2013 At The Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel

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