Merry Post-Christmas & Happy Pre-New Years, my friends!
Parties…it’s beginning to look A LOT like Christmas! An increase in partying, and shopping, Christmas tree lightings, etc, are common signs we’re getting closer to Christmas: the day we should actually be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. And after Christmas we still have the biggest party night to look forward to: New Years Eve!
I’m no party animal but you can bet I’m gonna attend a few parties! Just a few. Three so far for Christmas with the last coming up tonite to welcome 2015.
The great majority of these party invites result from some affiliation with the party host, usually your employer or some association – you’re kinda expected to party with them! I’ll write about my 2015 party season in 2016.
What follows are just a few photos from one of my favorite Christmas parties, last years (hey, I’ll tell you about 2015 in 2016!) Pasadena Tournament of Roses (PTOR) member appreciation Christmas party.
You heard me correctly. Like everyone else in December, the PTOR holds it’s own Christmas party. It kinda plays Santa Claus in appreciation of the hard work and sacrifice of its 935 members (white-suiters) and families. It happens just days before Christmas and New Years. I consider it the last day off besides Christmas that the members will have before the Rose Parade. Crunch time is definitely this period.
WELCOME to OUR HOME! The 2014 Chairman/President & the 1st Lady of the PTOR are the official hosts/greeters of their special guests at the front door of “their” home – The Wrigley House aka Tournament House. I’ve met them on several occasions and I can say how fortunate Pasadena and the PTOR were to have them representing us for this 2014 year. It was the 125th anniversary of the parade, 100th Rose Bowl game, and (as I constantly had remind my friends) the 100th anniversary of the Wrigley House/Tournament House HQ of the PTOR since the late 1950s.
FOOD. A mark of a good party, and a requirement in my party book, is Food! Here we are in the Dining room, or as we could’ve called it that evening – the Bakery Café! Along with me, one of the only two married Rose Queens looks on approvingly.
MORE FOOD. The Rose Room, largest room in the house, was turned into something more akin to a Vegas buffet. And outside in the park, more food met the guests, including a special guest from the North Pole! (upper right) The Wrigley House aka Tournament House was filled with people inside and out.
A major draw to get me to attend any event is the availability of Food & Drink. But with this PTOR party I’ve always left hungry. My fault. It’s just that I’m capturing memories (photography), chatting with the people I know, and greeting those who I don’t, while munching here & there in between. Well, at the end of the evening, the people have left, the food is mostly gone, and I’m left…still hungry! Like I said. I’m to blame.
What’s a major factor to get you to attend an event?
HONOR & ADMIRATION. Back inside the Wrigley House, I caught a couple of the Queen & Royal Court committee members admiring their selection of the beautiful Ana Acosta as Queen of the 2014, and 125th, Tournament of Roses.
The PT0R performs its operations through many committees. “White-suiters” typically spend a couple of years on a committee and move on to another, and then another, and so on. A lucky, hard-working few get to be the Chairperson & President of the PTOR for a year. Major benefits to counter the supreme responsibilities of such a position is they get to wear the symbolic “red jacket” of Presidential authority/responsibility, and chose the theme & Grand Marshall of the parade.
You recall Dodger Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was 2014 Grand Marshall! I remember congratulating the PTOR President on his GM by saying, “Congratulations on getting Vin Scully as Grand Marshall. Finally!. Darn it!, we finally found a President who could make it happen!!!” We both smiled & laughed.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Along with food aplenty, what’s a party in December without a Christmas Tree. And Christmas carolers! Trust me when I say they could’ve put even a Scrooge into the spirit of the season.
THANKS, HOSTS! We should always thank the host of a party – the PTOR, in this case. So, I think I’d give thanks 1st to the Queen & her Royal Court as represented below by Queen Ana & one of her princesses’, Elyssia. (A story detour on the photo below: Whenever I take photos of people I usually ask what kind of background do they want. Usually the subject will leave it up to me, of all people! So we started in the park, but too many around. Then, I thought of going inside. My mind was drawing blanks. Finally, I told the girls, we should just walk around for a minute until we see some “good background”. When we got to the front of the house and saw the front entry, it became clear to all of us! So, this photo is to the side of the front door. A good position for a host and away from the “crowds.”)
As I mentioned in the beginning, the 2014 PTOR was a milestone year. The Chairman/President, the First Lady, and their Royal Court, were up to the challenge. That’s also one reason why they are my favorites of all Rose Parades I’ve witnessed.
The PTOR is always need of some new members, and a Royal Court, each year. Hopefully this will give you – YOU – a bit of motivation to consider getting involved with the PTOR by applying to be a member, or perhaps you meet the criteria for applying for Royal Court? It’s work, but there are some benefits as you can see from this article. And one thing I can say if you’re associated with the PTOR: you’re good, giving, caring people!
Now, what about your parties, my readers: How many parties you attended? What makes a great party? Have you been a host? Or, do you think you’re good “White-Suiter” material?
Taking Off the Rest of the Year! Stay Thirsty My Friends.