The tables are set. The staff is ready.
Come on in and grab a seat! Well, wait a second ó 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
wonít 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.
Waiting for Their
Serving the Main
In years past, each table had a bottle of red and a bottle of white
wine. Some tables boozed through theirs in nothing flat and had to buy
an extra bottle, while other tables hardly touched their wine at all.
To even things out, this year the waiters and waitresses served out the
wine evenly, which worked much better.
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.
When everybody was served, the room suddenly got quiet. As you
can see, we all got busy with this tasty banquet meal.
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, donít you think?
Having enjoyed the excellent desserts, we turned toward the speakerís
podium for annuncements from President Bruce.
Note the empty wine bottles: Not a drop left!
As we digested our dinners, President Bruce made some announcements and
then introduced our master of ceremonies for the evening,
Vice-President Mike. We all turned toward the podium as Bruce talked
about upcoming events, mainly the plans for our next trips
Next, time came for Bruce to annouce the winners of the the Volunteer
of the Year and Legacy awards, followed by Mike who handed out the door