It was our second Christmas at the Feathers, and following on with the same formula as last year, the finger buffet was a roaring success.
Sandwiches and mince pies were supplied by the club, with the “Bring and Share” contributions adding plenty of variety to the buffet, with lots to go around.
Good food, good company and good music. What more could anyone ask? What…? Did I hear someone say Silly hats and illuminated Christmas jumpers? Well yes actually, we had those too – and in abundance 🙂
We have a few special mentions:
First of all Jayne, who put in such a lot of hard work in the planning of the evening. She single handedly made all the butties, provided the crackers, put up the decorations, and organised and wrapped the raffle prizes.
Best of all she became the pantomime cat, Puss in (illuminated) Boots!
And who couldn’t help but like the fabulous face-paint job done by local artist Judy Craig? Well… everyone it seems, except a certain ‘Bah Humbug’ couple who were downright rude to Jayne as they made their feelings about it known at the end of the evening. It was frankly astonishing, but we didn’t let it cloud the evening, because the rest of us had fun didn’t we, and that’s all that matters!
Glyn Hudson very kindly bought me a gift. It was a book of “Really Bad Jokes” – so you’ll know who to blame when we start back in January! She redeemed herself, however, by baking us all a beautifully decorated chocolate cake, which went down a treat.
Thanks too, to everyone for bringing goodies for the buffet, to Lynda Degney for the choccies and to those who donated extra prizes for the raffle.
Still on the subject of food, we were grateful to Mike who manned the oven and took charge of cooking some chicken wings, samosas and other hot nibbles.
Seventeen musicians in all, contributed a rich and varied catalogue of songs to the evening’s entertainment. And this week, instead of listing everybody who played or sang, we’ve done a pictorial roll-call (bottom of the page).
It was Harry, accompanied by Tom Degney and John Bass, who gave us a nice bluesy start to the proceedings. And at the finale we were delighted to hear from Gary Edward Jones accompanied by finger-style aficionado Skeet Williams.
In between we heard from a whole host of our regulars and also welcomed back Gary’s wife Elizabeth (aka Elfin Bow), Geoff Hollis from Rhyl and John Williams, wizard of the tenor guitar, from the Wirral.
All that remains is to thank you all for making 2016 a fabulous year for Ruthin AllStyles, and to wish you all a very merry and melodic Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you January 5th! 🙂
Jayne and Chris