Santa came to town on December 15—docking at PBC for our annual Holiday Party co-hosted by the Open Scullers.
Led by Joe Ledvina, the Open Scullers prepared for Santa’s arrival in advance, setting off on an enthusiastic spree of holiday decorating until every corner of the house was sparkled and shone with the spirit of the season.
On the day of the party, the elite rowers set a new standard for holiday hospitality at the house. Helen kept kids (big and small) busy in the Belly Button Bakery decorating gingerbread men until it was time to lead them all out onto the porch for Santa’s arrival. Greg A. donned a flashy set of antlers and was a strong and steady stroke for Santa. Morgan M. and Emily got everywhere doing whatever needed to be done to keep the party running smoothly. Willy, Sam, alumnus Bill G., and Joe made sure the spiked eggnog kept flowing. Open Scullers alumna Morgan W. deserves credit for the ambient holiday music. John, Emily, and Helen worked wizardry in our tiny kitchen to prep and plate gorgeous platters of food. Peter fastidiously ensured that tables were set with everything in its place. Matt, Christian, and Jamison were excellent utility infielders–doing whatever else was needed. Devery and Morgan M. helped a wobbly Santa disembark from his 4x sleigh and led him up to the ballroom where children lined up to make his list. And behind the scenes, were two of Santa’s biggest helpers ever. Social Committee veterans and hostesses with the mostest, Susan Trice and Camilla Durfee together procured all of the “ever-greenery” decking our halls and also make all the Costco runs to feed so many hungry rowers!
Eternal gratitude goes out as well to our Beer Wench (her preferred honorific) Lorea Wetten for her unimpeachable selection and provision of party kegs for so many thirsty rowers. And hat is doffed to Greg Van der Vink–who not only played the role of Santa but masterminded PBC’s signature “Santa’s sleigh” row.
A big thank you as well goes to Ed Ryan, for gamely agreeing to row Santa’s “sleigh” into the dock. And last–but never least–our own Branding Queen Sylvia Frayne set up a cornucopia of PBC-wear to the delight of many PBC holiday shoppers. (Word has it that there is a move afoot to pressure Sylvia into offering an official red velvet winter uni with faux ermine trim at next year’s Holiday Party.)
The Social Committee thanks Reilly Dampeer and her Open Scullers as well as the stellar (get it?) supporting cast of helpers for their energy and imagination. A great big thank you to you all for a tremendous PBC team effort.