Seattle’s Space Needle and Downtown at Twilight
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 tuxes 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, several Seattlites
were rushing to get a glimpse of us as we paraded into the club with
all the pomp and circumstance of the Ellensburg stampede.
Those lucky ones to arrive early (some even as early as 5:00!) got one
of the rare parking spots under the building, climbing up the back
stairs, and missed being snapped by paparazzi lined up outside. The
rest of us ran the gauntlet and began lining up at the check-in table
to get our envelopes with our food assignments, badges, and tickets for
the drawing for door prizes. 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 the bar open by 5:00,
for the early arrivals.
But instead of taking my word for it, let’s go inside and see what’s
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