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
wont 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.
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.
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! dont tell anybody, and I surely wonít give
out any names.
But whatís missing from the previous pictures? The main course, of
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 Layer Cake
Both desserts came beautifully decorated, dont you think?
And with that, dinner was over But before everybody left, a few hung
around for a bit, and I snapped some pictures.
Note the empty wine bottles: Not a drop left!
Dr. John Wott and Dale Johnson, Leaders of the Garden
Tours and the
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!
Dinner is over, but the
night isnít over yet. Itís time for to pass out this yearís awards.