On a beautiful December afternoon, ESU members and their guests were invited to an historic venue, the ante-bellum Glenmore House, as the guests of members Ginna and Richard Kelly. Clearly, they had pulled out all the stops in readying their home with extensive Christmas decorations, outside and in, festive and welcoming. Their gracious hospitality was on display at every turn in what proved to be a memorable event for the members.
Faster than St. Nick can get down the chimney, members seem to get right into the spirits, I mean, spirit of the holiday, chatting up a storm. Ginna's niece, once or twice removed, Hanna in green is standing in front of her "signature" Christmas cake. Almost too pretty to eat – almost. One look at Jon below with his Christmas hat one – a veritable study in good cheer – says it. Richard's private tour of the "Dickens Library" was a standing room only interlude for a host of members. And Mr. Pickwick proved to be an irresistible back drop for photos.
A beautiful buffet luncheon was served in the dining room. Hard though to get people to leave the kitchen which held a bevy of lovely hors d'oeuvres.
Some we're chill'in – some were singing. It was later said that Five Golden Rings could be heard through the sub-division. Ginna sang O Holy Night in French. Cornelia and Veronika sang O Tannenbaum in German. Our hosts had cleverly hired a pianist, bringing his own 88-keyboard, and they armed us with great Carol booklets.
The merriment was palpable. So let us say thank you once again to the Lord and Lady of the manor, Ginna and Richard Kelly. The First Lady Marilyn and I wish you a Blessed Christmas and New Year.
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