Sunday, January 29, 2017

Way back . . . to December 2016

I have been waiting more than a month to write comments about a memorable experience I had before Christmas. Reason? Photographs ordered, but not delivered until yesterday.

On December 18, 2016, I was a guest at the Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park, compliments of my California son and daughter-in-law. Just how lucky can one old woman get? Being in the park in winter was enchanting in, and of, itself; attending the dinner was magical.

One of the preliminary (and optional) activities before dinner (we were called by trumpets when the doors to the hall were opened) was to pose for a professional photographer in one of many small alcoves off the large public sitting room in the Majestic Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel). The photographs took six weeks to be ready, but finally, they are here.

Unfortunately, the pictures of the three of us convey none of the theatricality of the evening. (FYI, the photographer released rights, so there is no disregarding of copyright here.)

To give you an idea of the theatricality, I’m including a YouTube link to a marketing video made in 2016 about the Bracebridge Dinner, which does a great job of conveying the pageantry and fun of the event. Take five minutes to enjoy it. Because cell phones were forbidden during the evening (and what a wise decision to make), the video is an effective means of  transmitting a sense of ambience. The event was truly wonderful—extremely well executed with beautiful food and accoutrements.

So . . . before February arrives, revel in a little look back to Christmas 2016. Life was simpler then, huh.

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