Sorry for the blurry photograph, I must learn to take pictures at night!
...Well, that made me feel really proud to be a New Yorker." This is what our son Ian said about Friday night.
Friday night my son and husband and I attended the graduation party of one of his former classmates aboard The "Romantica". As we left the port of Port Washington Marina the beautiful storm cloud just above let loose a wicked blanket of rain forcing everyone from the deck to go inside. Don't feel sorry for us though. Inside there was a bar with delish appetizers about to be transformed into a dance floor with not too loud music with another lovely dining room below us. Then the rain stopped and we got to go back outside and enjoy sailing by the spectacular views of Manhattan. I felt completely indulged by this party. There were leis put around our necks from Hawaii and a magician traveling around the boat entertaining us. We had delicious cappuccino with Creme Brulee for dessert and lobster and salmon for dinner. It was beautiful. Everything inside was decorated as if we were attending a wedding. The large round tables in the dining room had sheer shimmery tablecloths with tiny silver and gold glittery stars draped over white fabric. Candles were lit all around emitting a perfectly soft glow lighting the room just so we could see the descending evening skyline of our beloved New York City. As we dined we were treated to live music playing Jimi Hendix. This was the artist the parents of the graduating celebrant slow danced together too. The way they danced and looked into each others eyes, you could just tell they were really feeling the music. Our hosts clearly were celebrating their daughters graduation but they were also quite generous to their friends and family in the process.
Most people seemed like they were enjoying themselves. It was a great party. It's funny though, because when I asked one of the parents how they liked it, she replied that the first two hours were OK but being stuck on a boat for four hours was a little much. I guess you have to be in the mood for this kind of thing, or at least well rested.
My favorite part of the evening was seeing The Statue of Liberty. I know, my photo does not do her justice! I have never seen her so close all lit up at night like she was. She was a lovely sight to behold. I could have easily stayed there gazing up at her until the sun came up.