Marianne's Birthday

Time to blow out the candles   

Time To Heat Up The Room From All The Birthday Candles

It's that time... Birthday time!   This evening we are celebrating Marianne's birthday!

 

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night


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Let The Cavorting Begin

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Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
It's Italian Night at the Elks

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Notice the table settings and the Italian Flag... Color coordinated

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
The buffet is emptying quickly

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
It's polka time   and our group is well represented

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
They are coming around the mountain when they come...

Wayne Pulcini is enjoying himself

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Kick step one.... Kick step two

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
All smiles

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"It's mine!"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
All four are celebrating their birthdays tonight
Marianne, Pat, Raeann, and Steve

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Meanwhile we are awaiting the arrival of the cake

The Cake Arrives...

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Craig is getting instructions

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
It's a beauty

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Opening the candles is difficult....
They came in a "child-proof" container

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
The ballerina came out pretty good thanks to Paul's help

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Paul posed for the cake decorator...

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Meanwhile across the room other cakes were unveiled

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Sam... The man with the camera


Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Hold it... Where are your Two-Two's?

Did You Know? - A tutu is a skirt worn as a costume in a ballet performance, often with attached bodice. It consists of a Basque (or waistband, as it can either be part of the bodice or a separate band) and the skirt itself might be single layer, hanging down, or multiple layers starched and jutting out.

The bell-shaped Romantic dress of the mid-1800s gave way to the tutu at the end of the 19th century. Connoisseurs of ballet, the Russians wanted to see the new technical feats and fancy footwork of their ballerinas.

The new long, floppy, 16 layer tutus reached to the knee and allowed the female dancers much greater mobility in such technically demanding ballets as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Stand way back... Loads of candles are coming

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"OK Craig... Light my fire"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Gentleman Craig placed a single candle on the cake thus saving the
other three boxes of candles for another day

Quotation To Remember: Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Vicky gets a kick out of watching the activities

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"We better turn off the fan! Keeps blowing the candle out!"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"No.... Just one candle!"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
She darned near blew the cake of the cart...

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"Hey... I did it!"

Quotation To Remember: The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
It's only a cake if it is dark chocolate... Says our cake connoisseur

Did You Know? - A connoisseur (French traditional (pre-1835) spelling of connaisseur, from Middle-French connoistre, then connaître meaning "to be acquainted with" or "to know somebody/something.") is a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines, or an expert judge in matters of taste.

In many areas the term now has an air of pretension, and may be used in a partly ironic sense, but in the art trade connoisseurship remains a crucial skill for the identification and attribution to individual artists of works, where documentary evidence of provenance is lacking. The situation in the wine trade is similar, for example in assessing the potential for ageing in a young wine through wine tasting.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Oh Oh.... Someone is in trouble!

We thinks it might be the polka connoisseur

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Del leads the ladies in the ten step polka


Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Careful... You are being followed

Quotation To Remember: There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.- Sofia Loren

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Wish we could have recorded this conversation

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
All is better now

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Free wine for the table!!! Life is good

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Marcia get here own carafe of wine

Did You Know? - The carafe /kəˈræf/, is a container without handles used for serving wine and other drinks. Unlike the related decanter, carafes do not include stoppers.

Coffee pots included in coffee makers are also referred to as carafes.

In France, carafes are commonly used to serve water. To order a carafe d'eau ("carafe of water") is to request to be served (free) tap water rather than bottled water at a cost.

Celerating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Marcia believes that if you drink wine through a straw
it filters out the alcohol!

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
So money was being passed at the table but we found a kink
in the flow....

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Donna tries to figure out the drawing instructions

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
It was NOT as easy as it looked

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"I will take four glasses of wine"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Marianne has been keeping a big secret from us

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
One hundred and sixty-three???

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Ah ha... This is better!

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Cake, cards, friends... It's a good life

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

Did You Know? - Italian (About this sound italiano (help·info) or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, as a second language in Malta, Slovenia and Croatia, by minorities in Albania, Eritrea, France, Libya, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania and Somalia, and by expatriate communities in Europe, in the Americas and in Australia. Many speakers are native bilinguals of both standardised Italian and other regional languages.

According to the Bologna statistics of the European Union, Italian is spoken as a native language by 59 million people in the EU (13% of the EU population), mainly in Italy, and as a second language by 14 million (3%). Including the Italian speakers in non-EU European countries (such as Switzerland and Albania) and on other continents, the total number of speakers is around 85 million.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
"We are going to do taste test with all the cakes this evening!"

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Must have wine to wash down the cake

Did You Know? - The earliest documentation of a "Chianti wine" dates back to the thirteenth century when viticulture was known to flourish in the "Chianti Mountains" around Florence.

The merchants in the nearby townships of Castellina, Gaiole and Radda formed the Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti) to produce and promote the local wine. In 1398, records note that the earliest incarnation of Chianti was as a white wine.

In 1716 Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany issued an edict legislating that the three villages of the Lega del Chianti (Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Radda in Chianti) as well as the village of Greve and a 3.2-kilometre-long stretch (2-mile) of hillside north of Greve near Spedaluzzo as the only officially recognized producers of Chianti.

This delineation existed until July 1932, when the Italian government expanded the Chianti zone to include the outlying areas of Barberino Val d'Elsa, Chiocchio, Robbiano, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Strada. Subsequent expansions in 1967 would eventually bring the Chianti zone to cover a very large area all over central Tuscany.

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Just helpin'

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
Just us ...checkout the shirt... We come coordinated

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night
We are ready to celebrate... Anything

Celebrating Marianne's birthday at the Santa Ana Elks on Italian Night

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