spring, you all know that high schools put on their proms, formal
graduation ceremonies take place, and Broadway awards its Tonys. What
about Mature Friends? Well, we give a new meaning to “high tony” with
our formal Annual Banquet. This over-the-top affair takes place in an
elegant setting, and we all dress up in our finery for a delicious
catered meal. This year our banquet was held once again in beautiful
downtown Seattle at the Women’s University Club of Seattle.
As in years past, the members arrived dressed to the nines (some to the
tens) in their coats and ties or formal gowns (some with
plunging necklines). The festivities were supposed to take off off at
6:00 p.m., but as you will see, Mature Friends always arrive early.
Although the club didn’t roll out the red carpet, the department of
transportation decided to tear up the street instead. No spectators
watching us arrive as in years past, and no pomp and circumstance as
the workers ground on with their equipment. Those in the know usually
arrived early (some even as early as 5:00!)
of the rare free parking spots under the building. But because of the
mess out front, the parking lot was inaccessible. So we got stuck
forking over the extortionate city parking rate of $4.00 per hour. But
people still began arriving early.
Wending our way thorugh the debris in the street, hoping not to get
dust all over our finery, we finally made it and stumbled up the stairs
of the club. Because of the mess outside, no onlookers came to observe
our indecorous entry, ... thank goodness!
So, before 6:00, the party began
sputtering to life as thirsty Mature Friends continued to pour in.
Fortunately, a riot was averted because the bar had already opened!
In fact, knowing who was coming, the staff had a separate wine bar open
for the early arrivals.
Checking on the Wine Bar
Everything is ready. Let’s peek at the guests as they arrive.
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