Karl and I wanted to shake off the blahs after a long winter and we could not have done it without our friends! We hosted our first Ceilidh- (thats Gaelic for house party)- and while the music tended more towards Bluegrass- the spirit of fun and fellowship made for a great time.
The gang was treated by Karl and Andy doing their renditions of Lord of the Dance. Andy's performance was a spirited, uninhibited example of how flexible and energetic youth can be. Karls dance- well it can best be described as a beer -induced -mockery of Irish Step Dancing. Both performances were appreciated as well as lending artistic authenticity to the Irish theme of the evening. We are also so lucky to have so many folks who love to play and who tolerated my 3 chord Mandolin playing.
I am proud to say everyone was responsible and had fun- no grabbing the electric fence while bending over to puke- (you know who you are). The only real chaos encountered was when Daisy got out of the dog lot. You might imagine the havoc her happily wagging Great Dane tail caused on all of the beverage bottles in the pickin' circle. Her doggie brain does not register that the whip at the other end of her body is responsible for such destruction. Good thing we had the pickin' in the garage where the floor can be hosed down!
I must also celebrate the creative way our guests took the Irish theme for the potluck. Man- what a way to eat! We had the expected and yummy traditionals- sausages, potato soup, corned beef. Judy brought an amazing Baileys Irish Creme pudding. Marty got very creative and brought a box of Lucky Charms Cereal.
In keeping with our efforts to support local business- John and Michelle contributed local Ale from Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva. Walter and Wendy brought some AMAZING ice cream from Ultimate Ice Cream Co in Asheville- who used their berries from Imladris. Blackberry Ice Cream and Fresh Beer are the perfect pairing to cure the winter blahs! We also enjoyed other home brews but the donators will not be mentioned to shield their identity in hopes they will continue to contribute quart jars of shine to the cause.
Reflecting back on our evening it makes me think- before TV, facebook and internet- friends and family kept up by face -to -face contact. No matter how technology propels us forward (some may argue backwards), it cannot replace the gratification one has in sharing a meal, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and enjoying music.
We are truly blessed for our friends and family and feel grateful that so many would travel out in dreary weather to spend some time with us.
STAY TUNED ! I hope to soon publish my moms much requested Lemon Iced Currant Cream Tea Scone Recipe.