12/10/17 COTV Holiday Party
WE DIDN’T GET TO SEE THE PREZ SHOW OFF HIS MOVES!
BUT WE STILL HAD A GREAT TIME!
Jingle Bell Rock
December 10, 2017
It was the last, but certainly not least, social event of the COTV year. It was the last time to EAT together. It was the last time to catch up, even though many of the members had seen each other each of the last 3 Sundays, so there wasn’t too much to catch up on…..except of course the Lilac Fire and evacuation orders obeyed and not obeyed. It was the last time to see everyone all dressed up for the holidays. Every year, it is amazing to see how different everyone looks in their Sunday best.
The official head count was 94 according to outgoing Events guy, Jim Sommars, and incoming President, John McDermott. Unfortunately, illness had felled the current President, Glenn Crowther, but John and Jim ably held down the fort.
Journey at Pechanga looked its usual festive self, with decorations and a warm fire in the fireplace, once you managed the obstacle course to get to the parking lot through the various Pechanga construction projects. As with all COTV events, there was a crowd in place before the 6pm starting time. People arrived early to stake out the best table for easy access to the buffet line and for what they thought would be the best view of the evening’s entertainment. More about that failed idea later! Jason and Joe Marshall wore their best red holiday shoes. Curt Stevens and Hans Boers sported festive ties. Some of the guys were unrecognizable in their seldom worn formal wear.
Cynthia Lee sang ballads in the bar area to get us all in the mellow mood. The bartenders kept the drinks coming while people arrived and chatted as they moved from table to table. With such a large group, it was a mix of old-timers and first-timers. When the dinner bell rang (when announced that the buffet line was open), it didn’t matter how long you had been a member, just how fast you could get to the head of the line. The buffet had several salads, potato leek soup, and a variety of entrees including chicken, salmon, lamb chops and steak, along with whipped potatoes and vegetables and a variety of breads. Some folks dropped off their plates and then checked out the dessert selections before they started in on their first courses.
After the food was downed and the coffee poured, Chef Anton, the headlining magician, changed all those best laid plans and moved his act from the central area everyone had focused on, back to the bar area where he could ask everyone to gather round in order to see his act close-up. Magicians are always better seen from a few feet away, so you can try to figure out how they can even do anything.
All in all, it was another successful ending to another successful year for COTV. John McDermott, in his short remarks, promised more of the same in 2018 and we will hold him to it! Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season with friends and family. See you in 2018.
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