Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Good morning! I am trying using Notepad this morning, since i already accidentally deleted what i had written. okay--so last night was a lot of fun. Last summer an antique toy club came to our house to see rob's train, and we joined the club. our friends, cleo and larry, set this up, and we joined the club as a thank you to the group and to show support for their activities. Last night they had their Christmas party about an hour from here in a church hall. it was a potluck, along with a short business meeting, a raffle and a very generous door prize event.
this is a very eclectic group of people--cleo and larry are a most eccentric duo on appearance--but they are intelligent, fun and caring folks and when we entered larry spotted us right away and came over to say hello. rob and i are both a bit shy in groups, but we felt right at home in the company of these funloving, down to earth people. On the way to put my food contribution on the table i said hi to cleo, and she showed me where they were sitting so we could join them. We also put our toy donation on the toy table, which was overloaded with toys that will be divided up and sent to various charities.
a blessing followed by a meal featuring an epic buffet of all the carried in food ensued. A percentage of this group is amish or mennonite, so the food was hearty fare with a lot of home made and home grown elements. after meeting larry's mother in law from his first wife who passed away, an extraordinarily spry woman who astounded me when she said she was 92, we hit the buffet table. a couple late arrivals; two young amish men, one married (bearded) and one single joined us at our table. both were very sweet gentlemen, their wife and girlfriend had been tied up at school and couldn't come. Larry told us that they all belonged to the toy club but also an antique steam power club. he then began to tell us about the amazing things these two men built and collected. it was wonderful to listen to people who are so passionate about their interests.
it was also amazing to watch these two men eat. both were lean and fit--a lifetime of honest physical work--and both came back from the buffet table with plates that were groaning under the weight of the food! i had made some cupcakes at the last minute to supplement the salad contribution and to clean some frozen peanut butter frosting out of my freezer. it pleased me greatly to see both these young men had added a cupcake to their astonishing piles of dinner.
after a really fun meal, enjoying the food and the conversation and meeting different people who passed by the table and stopped to say hello, it was time for the activities.
a brief and wonderfully uncomplicated business meeting ensued--a new vice president was chosen by consensus and the other officers were all accepted to continue their offices for another year. interspersed with the business was a lengthy door prize drawing, whereby over half the room won a gift. i got a very nice long sleeved shirt that will be great for my running, and rob selected a pair of new work gloves.
then the raffle, which was something new and the highlight of the evening. this group always goes to a very large hallmark store in the area in November. The store owner stays late for them, and they have a museum there of hallmark ornaments and all sorts of things that are right up the alley for these toy enthusiasts. this year the store owner donated a new, limited edition ornament for a raffle--it was a small locomotive made with great detail--a replica of a specific type of american train. everyone really wanted this lovely item--and much to our astonishment, rob won the raffle! he was sort of dumbfounded--and the really nice part was, his ticket was drawn by the one other person we actually know in the group--the gentleman who sold us our yard tractor years ago.
as a "bonus" rob was allowed to stipulate where the money collected from the raffle would go, and a member suggested that the area red cross should receive the money, so that is what he did. he had to announce his decision to the group over the microphone, another challenge for my shy husband.
his prize was handed round for all to admire, and many people came up and congratulated him on his win. it was very nice indeed.
then we all wished each other a happy holiday and headed home.