Saturday, August 25, 2007

Too good not to share...

Long before I met the Shepherd, I worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for a small company that sold telephones in the fledgling telecommunications field. I worked for my boss for 10 years and he became one of my very best friends. (A lot of companies in that field have come and gone, but after 28 years, he's still in business and is a leader in the community.)

Twenty years ago, I sang at my best friend's wedding.

Today, he and his lovely wife celebrated their 20th anniversary with a heck of a good party! The weather didn't quite cooperate at the start of the party, but by the end of the evening it was a quintesential PNW summer evening.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, they had the band Pearl Django play for their party. The best way to describe the group is this quote from - "The group's inception was as a trio in Tacoma, Washington in 1994. The focus of Pearl Django was, and is, to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. They quickly expanded to a quintet, adding a violinist and a third guitarist. An interview on NPR's All Things Considered in 2001 brought the group to national attention" Let me tell you - these guys rock. They do magical things with great old tunes and they are so very easy on the ears. They played three sets and we could have easily listened to them for three more. Great musicians and very friendly guys - (Want to hear what they sound like? Click on their name and their web site will pop up - go to the "CD Catalog and you can hear audio clips of some of their songs)

Did I mention there was plenty of food?

They had bought a catered dinner for 50 at a fundraiser auction - they make BBQ ribs (the meat just fell off the bones - yum) BBQ Salmon, potato salad, coleslaw, a Greek pasta salad, corn on the cob, garlic bread, baked beans AND pie & ice cream for desert - and as you can see, the clouds went away and the sun finally came out.

Lots of old friends were there - Curtis's friend Tom came all the way from Michigan!

Happy Anniversary kids - here's to another 20 (+) more great years!

Yup, the sun finally came out.


vlb5757 said...

What a lovely way to celebrate an anniversary! There is nothing better than celebrating with friends and family. I miss those get togethers from my childhood. So many of the ones who created those memories for me as a child have long since passed, but I hold those memories near and dear in my heart. Creating memories is such a wonderful gift to your friends and family!

Kathy L. said...

It sounds like it was a great party! Isn't it nice to have old friends like that?

And you can send th erainy weather here...we need some. :)

Sharon said...

How many people get to celebrate a 20th anniversary? What a wonderful event and what a wonderful thing to celebrate - lucky you, lucky them.

Leigh said...

What a wonderful way to honor them, by featuring them on your blog! Actually, it's unusual to have such good lifelong friends.

Maggie said...

Oh wow, wasn't that a party!!

It is so nice to see old friends together and sharing good times.