CHRISTMAS PARTY A LOVE FEST
makes the annual Kismet FD Xmas party so great? Hard to tell… is it the
generous hand that pours the drinks: this year Rudy, Rusty and Little Joe (now a probie of the KFD - can you believe it?) that loosens the
tongue and lightens the spirit - And
Licari better than ever
great food that Tom Licari brings in (he was prepared for the annual run on the
sushi platter this year…timing each “delivery” while people camped out at the
table) and.. later, platters of traditional Ham & Turkey and pasta and corn
pudding and… and… and.
the deserts – lavish , every version of cheese cake ever invented plus… plus…
plus with the sous
chef Lauren expert in creating coordination out of chaos
is it the ever earlier arriving Santa
Steve Stephano (don’t you love alliteration) who “flew” in special for the
event confiding “it is hot as … in this costume” but performed his duties with alacrity
and – poof – he was gone (on a KFD “sled”)
It is, finally, and incredulously, a meeting/melting
place where East meets West, people from Seabay can meet those from W Lighthouse,
and so with pleasure I introduced Seabay’s Jane Weisser to West Lighthouse’s Jeri & Bob Phillips,
where Johnny Thunder can get philosophical, before kissing all the girls.
And I (who couldn’t stand kids) just
love the new generation of "adults" Gracie & Casey, my partners
in literary crime, and the sweet Kiley (“really?” Rusty said incredulously) and
Rob & Nicholas, who blossomed beyond belief from les infants terribles to swashbuckling
cavaliers outshining their good looking dads, and the girls, budding beauties
all - the beautiful Lauren and Brianna -
if this be our future we are in good shape….
and see the competition camaraderie of Buddy,
Martin L with Sam generously hovering nearby - and our own Santa (Steve
Stephano & Cindy coming in just for these moments in one night only on and
off with the help of our fire dept making sure our cherished guests a can
- and the Lambies, Crawson/ Coles of
all generations – Kismet’s backbone,
The Leone's and Romanzies, what a pleasure
it have a chance to just chat - Carmine and his “bombshell” confiding about NYC
real-estate – travel buddies Skee & Barbara,
Debbie ‘n Dennis, the Liottas, Karen -
It doesn’t get better than this
As the song says “Love was in the Air”
Whatever tensions and conflicts there were
during the summer, it all gets blurred in a spirit of great feeling
- Rudy and the flower ladies and their gents convening
and confiding - newly weds "after 20 years" Arlene & Bob, Sam
chatting with Lou -
Of special note was the band of
Generation II – many in from college for the holidays: Casey, Gracie, Nick,
Robbie, Kiley, et al whose celebrations both preceded and postceded the official
party. And Jon Altieri sacrificing all dignity in the arms of a seductive
toddler - I guess that's what it is - everyone becomes Human…
Jane..ready to party
you want…girl power, early stage
am I doing here?
OK, a present
Hmmmmm, what do I really want……..
– I’m too old for this
did you get???
is Altieri asking for???
the Big Kids get into the act!
east meets west
important job well done
fisted drinker – no wonder she’s so happy
in casual chic
does Dennis always look caught in the act?
ever lovin’ Lambies
Thanks Tom (and Lauren)
to the Ladies (can Nick be far behind)
just love candid shots
pictures please…this conference is confidential
handsome Dom & Damsels
you hear this???
did he say???
Nicky is so blasé!
the Hellers came!!!
teeth are brightest???
KIDS KNOW HOW TO PARTY!!!
did a good job!!!
into the cold night… and Larry doesn’t even have to clean up!
for the road……..
Florida here we come!