Inside this middle-aged (can’t believe I’m typing that!) body beats the heart of an old timey yet ridiculously festive granny. I love big band music and can sing/imitate the oboe for all of Glenn Miller’s tunes. Most of the movies I grew up loving involved either Humphrey Bogart or some reasonable facsimile, or a show-stopping ensemble of perky people washing that man right outta their hair/talking to the trees/being born under a wandering star.
I embraced my old timey self this past Friday, when I celebrated my birthday by attending a silver top convention. (Silver top convention : a function where I am definitely in the lower end of the age range. This is usually the case for the musical acts that I choose to enjoy.)
I just LOVED the fun and old timey show that Andrew MacDonald-Smith and Don Berner and his Big Band put on at the Club at the Citadel. I’ve heard Don Berner’s big band before at other shows, and they are always fun to watch and amazing to hear. There were so many classics, from Gershwin to West Side Story to a take on Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Yes, for real!
Two of my girls joined me! I’m always wary when asking friends to come along to my silver top conventions. But these two held up admirably, and even enjoyed it!
But the fast-paced, edgy, and somewhat dangerous fun did not stop there! Robert took me to the Royal Tea and Tour at the Hotel MacDonald. This particular Royal Tea included an invitation to wear a hat or fascinator. I was all in!
We started with a yummy sorbet. It was delightful when chased with a little sparkling wine.
Our 3 tiered tray of delights provided a festive frame for Robert to be his festive self.
He’s just so dang cute.
Of course, we went crazy over the teas. They had lovely loose teas for the Royal high tea.
I had the Buckingham Palace and the Hibiscus teas, while Robert had the super smoky Chinese something-or-other tea.
After the tea, we got to tour the hotel! I have spent quite a lot of time at the Hotel Macdonald, between our wedding and my lounge visits, but I was hoping to hear some stories behind the history of the hotel and maybe see the Queen Elizabeth suite. Yay on both counts!
I’m sitting in a window seat on which I’m quite sure the queen perched whilst pondering her subjects.
The queen was such a beauty. Agh, her whole look is so on point! I feel like Frumpy Fergie standing next to her likeness.
Robert is such a gem to attend these old timey events with me. And to look so dapper/festive/hawt doing so!
Now for my next event…Humphrey Bogart movie marathon, anyone?