A Party among the Stars – whoops make that Cars – and then my battery died!

Aug 30, 2015 | 4 comments

 Host, Birthday Boy, and Admirers

Host, Birthday Boy, and Admirers

Wouldn’t you know! Just when we had finally Arrived – yes with a capital A – my camera announced “change battery pack.” Here we were among the beautiful people, surrounded by never-ending eye-candy and I was dead in proverbial waters of documentation.

Appetizer

Appetizer

We were at Bradley’s other house – the not-in-Oysterville one – to celebrate Dan’s 60th. It was “Cocktails, Dinner and Music.” Dress Code: jacket-no-jeans for men and cocktail-outfits for women. The Cocktail Part: completely stocked bar right down to V-8 juice for me and appetizers-to-die-for. The Dinner Part: a buffet extravaganza including Nyel’s favorite crab legs. The Music Part: after-dinner show tunes (Bradley’s favorite off-beat and unknown ones mostly) presented by our amazing host and company (long time singing partner Gwen, her husband Guy, Brad’s business partner, Jessica and Seattle/Oysterville neighbor Katherine).

But the true star of the evening, at least to this Country Bumpkin, was the setting. I had long heard that Bradley’s house was one-of-a-kind. He had it built for his cars – he collects classic Cadillacs – and he shares his elegant home with a half dozen or more of them. Never mind the garage(s?) on the property. There are actually gorgeous automobiles sharing his living space – right there in the same room with his Steinway piano, his chandeliers, his gorgeously upholstered furniture and his state-of-the-art kitchen. One big room housing all the things he loves. Well, maybe not all – but at least an eclectic sampling.

Living Room

Living Room

He had moved three or four of the cars out to make room for the party – a half dozen or so tables set for eight plus some café tables for four. There was candlelight, supplemented by the subtle glow of electricity. People were dressed to the nines (or not…depending on whether they ‘got the memo’) and the mood was festive. Seating was ‘anywhere you liked’ and I was pleased that the Birthday Boy chose a place at our table.

It was a memorable evening, indeed. After all, it’s not every day that you attend a party among glittering stars and gleaming cars!  And it’s not every day that we could wish “Happy Birthday” to a guy as nice as Dan!  Thanks for including us, Bradley!

 

4 Comments

  1. Claudette Ferriter

    What an exciting evening! You, Sydney, helped me “be” there!

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  2. Stephanie Frieze

    Thank you for taking us to such an elegant affair!

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  3. Bradley Huson

    I think the lights must have been really dim when you were here Sydney…. I love all of the comments, especially regarding my state of the art kitchen. My refrigerator is a 1951 Crosley shelvador. Every time my mother comes to visit she says, “why don’t you get some new appliances???”. it’s a good refrigerator though, and you probably just didn’t notice it very much because it’s black. It would probably be more at home in Oysterville, except at this point, my house there threatens to become a refrigerator museum, since I have three different vintages from 1927 to modern. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself at the party. Thank you for coming such a long way to celebrate Dan’s birthday. Bradley

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    • sydney

      Yes, I did take all that in, Bradley. I guess I mis-spoke myself when I said “state of the art.” I really should have said “cutting edge” instead. I was thinking in an artistic way not in an age-of-the-appliances way. Thanks for clarifying for the readers who were probably misled by me. I hope they were not misled, however, about my enthusiastic admiration! I love that you live your sense of style from the inside out!

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