Meet And Greet (Page One)
The Alta Vista Clubhouse is a great venue for parties
"OK, the party can start... I am here... The name tags, that's another story!"
Alta Vista did a great job setting up for the dance
Nick Pepper begins the setup...
Nick and MPG are getting ready to rock the house this evening
Somehow green seems to be a theme this evening!
Did You Know? - Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the col our green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day grew.
Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century.
Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day
In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention.
The phrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a song of the same name.
New Members Roger and Tessie are listening for the dance music
Sue, Jerry, and Roger prepare the plan of attack
The newlyweds are out again!
Great room this evening!
"Yo! What do you want to hear???"
Wes and Heidi found the wine.... This is a good thing!
Paul assures the band that he is not a Leprechaun in spite of the hat
Hans assures us he can tie a knot in the plastic sword AFTER the olives disappear
The horses doo vers have arrived... This gentleman is very popular
Looks like every one is here...
Dori and Roy arrive... Kerstein is frightened by the camera
The mini-iPad relives the last dance
Catching up - Bob tells Sue about his Polar Bear hunting trip.... He could not believe it!
It can't be... Can it???
"M-m-m-m-m, yes that is you!"
Someone go pinch them for not wearing green
Did You Know? - Why do you get pinched???
#1 - Forgot to wear green on St. Patty’s Day? Don’t be surprised if you get pinched. No surprise, it’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.
#2 - Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Green is traditionally worn on St. Patrick's day to honor the Emerald Isle. Tradition holds that on that day, people who do not wear green are pinched as a reminder to wear green to honor the Emerald Isle.
"Oh oh... Wrong dance!"
Bob is after Paul's bonnet
"If I had a beautiful hat, I would share it with you!"
Bob could wear it only because he has hair!!
Kathy O'Roberts and Leon O'Brander head for the dance floor
Now that there is an Irish hat
Did You Know? - The style can be traced back to the 14th century in Northern England and parts of Southern Italy, when it was more likely to be called a "bonnet", which term was replaced by "cap" before about 1700, ] except in Scotland, where it continues to be referred to as a "bunnet". When Irish and English immigrants came to the United States, they brought the flat cap with them.
A 1571 Act of Parliament to stimulate domestic wool consumption and general trade decreed that on Sundays and holidays, all males over 6 years of age, except for the nobility and persons of degree, were to wear caps of wool manufacture on force of a fine (3/4d (pence) per day). The Bill was not repealed until 1597, though by this time, the flat cap had become firmly entrenched in English psyche as a recognized mark of a non-noble subject; be it a burgher, a tradesman, or apprentice. The style survives as the Tudor bonnet in some styles of academic dress.
Flat caps were almost universally worn in the 19th century by working class men throughout Britain and Ireland, and versions in finer cloth were also considered to be suitable casual countryside wear for upper-class English men (hence the contemporary alternative name golf cap). Flat caps were worn by fashionable young men in the 1920s.
The stereotype of the flat cap as purely "working class" was never correct. They were frequently worn in the country, but not in town, by middle- and upper-class males for their practicality. Mather says: "A cloth cap is assumed in folk mythology to represent working class, but it also denotes upper class affecting casualness.
Cliff checks his notes... Little does he know what is about to happen
Comparing notes.... Popcorn shrimp??
"Yes... I needed a second one just to make sure"
"He is Irish!"
Donna, Kerstin, and Dori.... Dori is the one with the glass of Vodka... Glass? Mug!
"Gives a new meaning to the old term 'Green Weenie' !"
Donna and Sue
The music was wonderful this evening
Larry (a.k.a. Ralph - Not really, inside joke) is ready to celebrate
OK... The party can officially begin!
Visiting is an important part of the club and.... We do it well!
Donna and Hans
We are blessed this evening.... Hans forgot to wear his green lederhosen
Jerry, Roger and Tessie
Iris has the color green covered
The cameraman sneaks away from the camera
"We hear the dinner bell is about to ring!"
...and time to dance...