Starlighters Are Not Afraid Of The Cold... We Dance (Page One)
It's Time To Get Together Again Before The Holidays
One good thing about California, the weather!
Did you know? - Meteorological winter is the season having the shortest days and the lowest average temperatures, which have the coldest weather. This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere, and June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere. The coldest average temperatures of the season are typically experienced in January in the Northern hemisphere and in June or July in the Southern hemisphere. Nighttime predominates the winter season, and in some regions it has the highest rate of precipitation as well as prolonged dampness because of permanent snow cover or high precipitation rates coupled with low temperatures, precluding evaporation.
Everybody Begins To Show Up.... 84 People This Evening!
Street Corner Symphony unpacks and gets ready to go!
The tables are ready for the crowd... A sea of white
"I know I brought the tickets"
Bob, Cahy, Ed, and Donna got here early so like good dancers... They headed for the bar!
Bob and Sue sharing stories
Kristen Powell wins the "Smile Of The Evening" award
Marilyn visits with Dan and Carole Green
The most popular line in the house!
Did you know? - The term "bar" is derived from the specialized counter on which drinks are served. The "back bar" is a set of shelves of glasses and bottles behind that counter. In some establishments, the back bar is elaborately decorated with woodwork, etched glass, mirrors, and lights.
Mikelle Watson greets the members and guests
The Serve Staff Did An Excellent Job This Evening
Did you know? - Waiting staff, wait staff, or waitstaff are those who work at a restaurant or a bar attending customers — supplying them with food and drink as requested. Traditionally, a male waiting tables is called a "waiter" and a female a "waitress" with the gender-neutral version being a "server". Other gender-neutral versions include using "waiter" indiscriminately for males and females, "waitperson", or the Americanism "waitron", which was coined in the 1980s.
Waiting on tables is (along with nursing and teaching) part of the service sector, and among the most common occupations in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as of May 2008, there were over 2.2 million persons employed as servers in the U.S.
Donna knows how to get the goodies!
Holly and Ed Hencke - Note how Ed holds the wine glass by the stem!
Did you know? - White wine glasses vary enormously in size and shape, from the delicately tapered Champagne flute, to the wide and shallow glasses used to drink Chardonnay. Different shaped glasses are used to accentuate the unique characteristics of different styles of wine. Wide mouthed glasses function similarly to red wine glasses discussed above, promoting rapid oxidization which alters the flavor of the wine.
White wines which are best served slightly oxidized are generally full flavored wines, such as oaked chardonnay. For lighter, fresher styles of white wine, oxidization is less desirable as it is seen to mask the delicate nuances of the wine. To preserve a crisp, clean flavor, many white wine glasses will have a smaller mouth, which reduces surface area and in turn, the rate of oxidization. In the case of sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Asti Spumante, an even smaller mouth is used to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass
OK, this is a test! Which one is Curly Joe? Psssst, it is NOT Leon
Donna, Cathy, Guy, Sue and Ed pose for a snapshot
Guest Linda Grear stops for directions while Gary checks in
Sue has spotted Linda's table for her
Bob can drink the wine without the cork removed.... It's magic
Our waiter was a bit of a ham but VERY nice!
The groups gather and chat about the events of the past month
"Hey... It was me that was supposed to wear the red bowtie this time!"
Dean and Lori Fronk
Jim and Jan Mongell arrive... Jan want to pin it on! But Jan, it is sticky!
"So.... What's up?"
Gary, Elsa, Ralph and Linda
"Hey Jim! Look, it's a camera!"
Holly is looking over your shoulders
Holiday wine is the best!
Black in a sea of white or.... White in a sea of black... I'm so confused
Sue, Ralph, Elsa, and Paul
Guest Ken White and Paul
Paul likes his port wine
They all entered the bowtie contest
Did you know? - The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croats used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from the French for "Croat") by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. The French novelist Honoré de Balzac even wrote a book on the subject. It is uncertain whether the cravat then evolved into the bow tie and necktie, or whether the cravat gave rise to the bow tie, which in turn led to the necktie.
The most traditional bow ties are usually of a fixed length and are made for a specific size neck. Sizes can vary between approximately 14 and 20 inches just like a comparable shirt collar. Fixed-length bow ties are preferred when worn with the most formal wing collar shirts, so as not to expose the adjusting buckle of the bow tie. Adjustable bow ties are the standard when the tie is to be worn with less formal turn-down collar shirts which obscure the neckband of the tie. "One-size-fits-all" adjustable bow ties are a later invention that help to moderate production costs.
The noise level keeps rising... Thank goodness dinner is about to begin
Mirror mirror on the wall
Looks like Donna is between two matching bookends!
Did you know? - A bookend is an object that is designed to buttress, or support, an upright row of books. It is placed on either end to prevent books from falling over, such as in a half-filled bookshelf. Bookends are both utilitarian and, often, decorative. They are common in libraries and in homes. Heavy bookends have been used for centuries; the simple sheetmetal bookend was originally patented in the 1870s, and uses the weight of the books themselves to make an anchor.
Bookends can be an important consideration in home decor. Some bookends are made of bronze, marble, wood and even large geodes. Elaborate and decorative bookends are not uncommon.
PS: Jim and Paul can be rented for short gigs
Bess is belting out the tunes tonight
"Are you sure???"
Youth iis a wonderful thing!
Ken and Amy White meet Don Bailey
"Sign on the dotted line"
Smiles abound this evening
Remember: A smile confuses an approaching frown. ~Author Unknown
The photographer escapes
Getting ready for dinn
"Whadya mean we have to stop drinking to eat???"