The Stage Is Set

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The tables are set. The staff is ready. Come on in and grab a seat! Well, wait a second — itís not quite 7:00. Nevertheless, we lined up in front of the doors to the dining room when suddenly, BOOM! They opened. The hungry hoard took off as though racing out of the chutes at the Kentucky Derby. But the only triple crown winner here drank three glasses of Crown Royal before dinner. And no, I won’t rat anybody out.

Before dinnertime, guests scrambled to reserve their tables. At 7:00 sharp, we all flooded into the dining room. Happily, we found the usual bottles of red and white wine, one each per table, included in the $60.00 per person price.

In the photo above, the room looks empty. So letís fill it up. The hungry hoard charge in to find their places, and then need to check their envelopes to remind themselves what they ordered.

Dinner Table Set

Tables Are Set As the Hoards Rush in

Once everybody settled down, we looked around at the sumptuous surroundings, which matched the outer rooms in elegance, as you can see in the pictures on this and following pages.

Soon the rest of the guests filed in and found their places as the waiters and waitresses brought out our first course, a healthy green salad and baskets of steaming hot rolls.

Seated at Dinner

As you can see from the first two pictures, red and white wines were already on the table for us to enjoy, and enjoy them we did! Some of us enjoyed them too much and had to order another bottle, which we paid for ourselves. But shhhh! don’t tell anybody, and I surely wonít give out any names.

But whatís missing from the previous pictures? The main course, of course!

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Ah, finally the main course. Instead of the salmon you saw on the Grand Entrance page, some people chose the prime rib! As in the past both main courses were excellently prepared, tender, and full of flavor.

For dessert, the staff offered a choice between a delicious hunk of lemon layer cake or chocolate decadence, along with freshly brewed and heartily welcomed coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated.

Lemon Cake

Lemon Layer Cake

Chocolate Decadence

Chocolate Decadence

Both desserts came beautifully decorated, don’t you think?

And with that, dinner was over But before everybody left, a few hung around for a bit, and I snapped some pictures.

John and Dale

Note the empty wine bottles: Not a drop left!

John and Dale

Dr. John Wott and Dale Johnson, Leaders of the Garden Tours and the Walk/Hike

See you all again in June of next year, and see many of you others who couldnít make it this year, now that you see what you missed!

But wait! Dinner is over, but the night isnít over yet. Itís time for to pass out this yearís awards.

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