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Happy Mardi Gras! I am feeling blessed today as the St. Mark's Mardi Gras party is in the rear view mirror! There are still some costumes to be put away, but as New Orleans is winding up tonight's Mardi Gras extravanza, we at St. Mark's are turning our attention to Lent. If you missed out on the fun, there is always next year!
The party, organized by Diane Reese and her incredible team, was a huge success and we raised quite a lot of money for our J2A (Journey to Adulthood) class to make a pilgrimage to New Orleans for Holy Week. Notice that we did NOT choose to take a group of teens to New Orleans for the iconic Mardi Gras!
|Maren and Fr. Christopher|
|Girls just wanna have fun!|
|Top Banana and Second Banana (which David is which?)|
|Margaret, Charles and Katrine|
|Nancy and Maren|
This is the first year that I was able to attend Mardi Gras, although it has become an annual fundraiser for St. Mark's.
|Norm as a Venetian Duke and me as Frida Kahlo |
Don't you love that faux lantern I found for $5.00 at Savor's? Tres francais?
|The real Frida|
Usually my husband and I are traveling out of the country in January and February for sailing, scuba diving, canoeing and rafting in Belize or Costa Rica. Some of our traveling "compadres" joined us in costume this year as well.
|Left-right in back row: Colin, Jim, JoAnne, Peter Front row, Brittany, Heather Norm, Vicki|
For a group of scruffy boaters, we dress up pretty well.
As part of the decorating committee (chaired by Angela Hearron), I designed and painted the photo booth (thanks Ken and Diane Reese for the construction help!), and hung faux draperies (really plastic table clothes in the green, yellow and purple that is typical of Mardi Gras decor) in the parish hall to create the illusion of many french doors.
Fr. Bob generously donated his professional photographer talents to begin to raise funds for the 2017 Pilgrimage group.
We decorated eighteen tables with purple cloths (sewn by Donna Aldrich in 2014) and centerpieces of beads, masks and metallic foil bursts to seat a total of 160 people for a dinner of gumbo, macaroni, salad, and bread pudding.
Hanging from the ceiling were large paper pinwheels in purple, green and yellow with feather masks centered on them.
|Gini looking fabulous!|
|Adam and Cleo|
|Jeff and Karen and Norm and Heather|
Many Nob Hill merchants were extremely generous with Silent Auction Items as were members of the parish who donated things like vacation time shares, a custom hoop house for the garden, a week in a casita, vintage Native American jewelry, a handmade afghan, catered gourmet items, etc.
|Ann and Ken tending bar|
|Dollie and Milo|
Entourage Jazz had us dancing the evening away to their smooth sounds!
|No one is too young or too old to love dancing.|