Hard to believe another year has gone by.
Maybe it went so quickly because we were having so much fun!
Here a few highlights of events at the
McCarty/Fickel house 2014
Our January Fannie Palmer luncheon kicked off the year in style. And with Christmas decorations still in place from 2013,
the festive mood continued.
The next thing we knew,
it was February and love was in the air.
I was kindly invited to speak about the history of Romance,
and had my spicy historical romance novels available for those in need of a romance fix.
St. Patrick's day arrived with barely a skiff of snow on the ground. To be sure, we had the luck of the Irish that day.
April brought thoughts of bunnies.....
...and baskets of colorful eggs.
A joyous occasion with the sun shining bright.
June arrived bringing guests of various sizes.....
...and an even greater bounty of beautiful flowers.
On the 4th of July we honored "Old Glory".
And the wonderful Red Hat Ladies joined in the celebration.
In between luncheons, we had two house tours. We just love it when people come to visit. Don't be shy, come on in!
Virginia, Gini, Janice, Sandy, & Meda
The lovely Sandy, dressed in black lace, chats with Dorothy Almquist our guest of honor as they enjoy a moment beside the beautiful garden.
The serving wenches were ready with a joke and a smile
as they served wine and beer and good cheer.
And there was great toe tapping music to enjoy
as we ate a resplendent meal.
Then as the light faded the fun began
with the live auction portion of the night.
We also hosted two Victorian Teas.
One of our favorite activities.
This year's Springtime Victorian Tea included a teapot judging contest with prizes awarded to the top three winners.
In October we enjoyed a fall season ablaze with color.
Books and apples for teacher awaited on the table as memories of back to school, wool skirts and knee socks came to mind.
November included another delightful Victorian Tea.
We were so excited when a little angel and her harp dropped by making the occasion magical indeed.
Then before we knew it Christmas Time was here.
Another open house was in full swing.
John, usually our behind the scenes hero,
is front and center today,
greeting and guiding our guests.
Our final Fannie Palmer Luncheon of 2014 saw us hosting a packed house, filled with true joy and the Christmas spirit.
The Lovely Ladies of Sweet Adeline were on our guest list, and they graciously treated us to several songs. What a delightful way to end the year.
We hope to see you walk through the door in 2015
"Three little maids from school are we"...
We'll be waiting for you.......