Monday, August 26, 2013

Summers End 1959

Well Readers, The "Summers Season" of the Casablanca's social calendar has come to a close.
Friends- James, John, Joy, Kate, Josh, Jenn, Jonathan, Larry, Cindy, Kelcie, Zack, Wes, Andrew (via photo), J.T., Terrace, David, Emily, Jaquelin, Lee, Emily, Mary, Sheldon, Jordan, Utah, Matt, Philip, Audrey, Margaret, Rachel, Joseph, Patricia and Corabelle!

"It's Summers End Here at Mick's!"

 It was quite the event this year! Each year 'Summers End' get a little bigger and this year we had a total of 34 guests in attendance. I was so excited because it meant we'd have our biggest table scape yet! It was a hot Texas summer day, right up until 4:30P.M.  when out of NOWHERE the Sky turned black, the wind started blowing and we had heavy rain for about 20 minuets. Then as quickly as it had appeared the rain was gone.  Now trust me, our area is in a serious drought and we'll take rain anyway we can get it! However the sudden down pour left the back yard a muddy swamp... so for the first time on record Summers End became an indoor affair.
(Jonathan, Josh, James, Audrey (Miss Casablanca 1959),
Kate, Rachel and Joseph.)
Even in close quarters we didn't let the damp, dampen our spirits! Soon paper lanterns were hung through out the house, records were thrown on the player and everyone was have a good time in close quarters.
(Wes, Kelcie (Miss Casablanca 1957), and JT passing out horderves.)
 (Ham and turkey, cheese croissants prepared by Patricia and Wes!)
 (Joy and Terrace)
The only real downer to the unexpected down pour, is that there was no way we could all fit in one room to eat. But you do it all the time at Thanksmass! I hear you shout. (well yes but that takes planning and serious furniture moving!)  So because of the seating arrangements we were not able to take a "postcard" picture this year.
 (Some were on the porch...)
(Some were in the Den...)
(others were in the living room)
(With just a few on the floor!)
("I'm on the floor, whats a matter with that?!")
Brings a whole new meaning to "a causal gathering, you know. just sitting on the floor..." It was truly a packed house!  We used everyone of our "every day dishes" and all the Tupperware tumblers to feed out guests, It was such fun and luckily the food and refreshments held out. After dinner there were lots of entertainments to partake in, there was a sing along in the livingr oom (with Joy on the Piano!).
(The Oscar Mayer Song)
(I'm A Pepper)
(This Evening brought to you in part by- Product Placement! Haha.)

There were cards in the Den, and a game of charades in the Lounge. Everyone was having a jovial time! Around 9:00 we tried to set up the Drive-In for our feature presentation, but the humidity and unexpected arrival of bloody thirsty mosquitoes hindered our viewing. Until I remembered we had an old white sheet and with a little re-arranging
(Welcome to the Palace Theater- a la the living room!)
We settled in as pop corn popped, and awaited our double feature. Normally, we watch some kind of old movie (Doris Day, or some big splashy MGM musical) this year however, with the passing of our dear friend Andrew we decided to show home movies of theatre shows he had been in. Our double feature included, our production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat. It was a (minor tearful and) happy way to remember our friend and sing along.

Kudos to friends Terrace and Wes in this picture, In a moment of brilliance Terrace had friend Zack run into the house and grab the new 5x7 picture of Andrew and held it up during the group photo, So Andrew did make it to Summers End after all!

Now begins the Fall Season at the Casablanca. Lots to look forward to- Labor Day, the "West Side Story" cast party, the 1959 Halloween Costume ball! It's going to be swell...



ThrifterSisters said...

Looks to me like you sent off Summer right! What a great group of friends. You guys sure didn't let the rain ruin your party, did you? And what a great way to honor Andrew by having his picture in the group photo and watching his performances. I'll bet there wasn't a dry eye in the house:-)


Melissa said...

You guys always look like you're having the time of your life. That's so great! I'm sure your buddy Andrew will be with you guys through what is going to be a great fall season.

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

That was a wonderful way to celebrate Andrew's life and end the summer.