COMES OF AGE IN THE GROVE
Photos by Mallory Wood & Jeannie
the birthday girl ,pretty as a picture holding a special bucket that not only
held 2 bottles of champagne (one of which was quickly consumed by the Nexxies)
but carefully chosen pictures inside and out, top to bottom, of friends and
family – it was a point of honor to be on it and I made the cut!
first noticed Gracie when she sang the National Anthem a few years ago a
capella in front of a huge crowd in Kismet’s July 4th celebration. I
thought that was really spunky (that song has taken down many veteran
performers). She then surfaced for me when her younger sister the model-esque,
mysterious Mallory, conducted a political election poll in the Obama/McCain
was born the Kronikle (a name I suggested) and my association with my “boss”
Gracie. It was a marvel and there are so many in Kismet who miss it this year
now that Gracie & Casey, whom I used to call “the ditzy duo”, are otherwise
Gracie asked me where she should celebrate her 21st Birthday I thought it was
time she went to the Grove. Sure enough the day and the event came.
route by special water taxi to Cherry Grove Sam pointed out some of his buildings
to Rusty. Later I showed them the Belvedere hotel, a gorgeous white antiquity
styled structure exclusively male.
proceeded toward the Ocean.
Grove visitor, I was the “tour guide” but met my first embarrassing snafu when
I insisted they all walk through the Ice Palace, a short cut to the restaurant,
and they were denied entrance on the grounds they had to be “carded” – Needless
to say that was a first for me - never ever think of them as kids – always as
to the Birthday Dinner at the Sand Castle, the Grove’s “only restaurant on the
we reached the restaurant a huge drag Queen Gusty Wind, (who was Tania Harding
in the Invasion – see related article) greeted me by my full name and gave me
an air kiss on both cheeks! (Queens in make-up never kiss and only sip fluids
through a straw to preserve their lipstick) This impressed the group!
asked my relationship to the Birthday girl – without pause I answered “my best
The celebrants: Dana
Kopenheffer, Sarah Baker, Mary Horton, Grace, Rob Gentile, Taryn Phelan and
Missing are some (boys) ran to
the edge to look at the beach and sure enough, there were a few nudies (male)
Queen/MaitresseD’ is Gusty Wind
just asked Gracie if Rob was her boyfriend – putting her on the spot – she said
“yes” Rob said “that’s the first I heard about it” When she discovered Casey
was celebrating her first job it turned out that “Gusty” works there and she
promised to mentor her – Win! Win!
know that look (what is she thinking???)
are glaringly missing from these pictures by Mallory are the grown-ups: Sam
& Amy Wood, Rusty & Judy Phelan. That is so like kids – it’s all about
& Amy surveying the endlessly amusing bucket.
picture is fuzzy due to the speed of financial negotiations buzzed when the
Amy concluded “Sam and I were happy to celebrate Grace’s 21st with
her close friends!”