Monday, June 11, 2007
The Garden Party
This past Friday The Huntsville Community Ballet Association held the Annual Antebellum Garden Party at the home of Mark and Henri McDaniel in Huntsville, Ala. Michael and I attended.
The Garden Party is a tradition in my family. My late Grandmother, Manya Marcus, help start the event over 30 years ago. Manya was known for her culinary genius in Huntsville. She would prepare food weeks in advance to get ready for the Garden Party.
This year there was a silent auction with some very nice items. Michael and I bid on two lamps from a local boutique. We stayed close to the table so we could stalk out those trying to out bid. It was entertaining standing off to the side like detectives. We noticed many people pondering over the lamps, but in the end we rode home with our prize. All proceeds went to the Ballet of course.
After the auction we sat at candle lit tables, ate dinner and watched members of the Huntsville Ballet Company perform on stage. The dancers looked beautiful and the music and choreography added culture and happiness to the humid June night.
I saw many people I have not seen in years. My beautiful friend Susie joined us with her mother Lynn and we watched my mother scurrying around taking pictures and talking with local media. Some people did not want their picture taken, but my mom shot them anyway. She is a great Publicity Chairman for the Ballet and loved by many, even those who did not want their picture taken.
Maybe one day I can help out with the party. These days they hire catering companies to provide food for the event. I think it would be nice to do what my grandmother did years ago and hold large meetings where ladies sit and roll cheese balls, bake piecrusts and gossip about past garden parties and events around town.
This was the Dinner Menu: Chicken, Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Herb Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Bean and Corn Salad. Also included were Buttermilk Tarts, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Brownies.
If you would like to find out more about Community Ballet Association, please check out the website, http://www.communityballet.org/