Monday, September 1, 2008

Going Away Party at Benjamin's Restaurant

Briana hosted a fabulous Going Away Party for me at Benjamin's Restaurant in Forest. Guests were greeted by "Chilly McMurdo" the inflatable penguin. Meris wrote on the message board her hopes for a great voyage.

Friends from all over came to see me off in style. There was barbecue chicken, pork, baked beans and cole slaw. Drinks of all kinds flowed. People enjoyed conversation indoors or sun and music outdoors on the deck. A number of cigar aficionados were present.

People enjoyed the late afternoon and early evening weather.

Tim tried to teach a penguin a new vice.

Benjamin's put a penguin with my name on it on their back bar until I return from the ice.

Everybody said they had a great time. There were over seventy people who came to help us celebrate and send me off in style. Many thanks to Briana for organizing and decorating this fabulous party, to Meris for driving in for the weekend, and to all our friends and family who joined us. I can now say that I'm ready to go.


Bubba's Sis said...

Looks like a great time - wish I could have been there! Have a safe trip and report in when you can!

Matt said...

The James River Cigar Club will miss you. We had a great time Sunday. Great people and alot of fun. Way to go Brianna.

Terry said...

We had a great time at the send off party. Briana did a great job! Stay safe and keep in touch when you can.