Thursday was a big day for the Junior League of C’ville (JLC). I started out the evening at our first new member interest event of the new League year. I love meeting all the potential applicants! Each year, I’m re-amazed at the smart, energetic women who are drawn to the JLC, and this year is no exception.
This is my favorite photo from the evening. I had to borrow it from Facebook as most of the photos I took had condensation on the lens. The venue was a little warm; it was a very hot day and the AC was having trouble keeping up with all of us.
I’m on the right, with two board member-friends. One of the things I love about the League is even when we’re hard at work, we usually manage to have fun!
I scooted out of that event early to make it to our first fundraiser of the year at Trump Winery’s Third Thursday Music Series.
(Yes, THAT Trump. Mr. Trump bought the old Kluge Winery and this was my first visit since it became Trump.)
The tasting room is a lovely building with an incredible view. From the first event of the night, I had to drive past Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland (home of James Monroe, whom one local history buff insists held the original land grant for my property as well) to get to the winery. I love living in history that people from around the world come to visit, but I don’t take it for granted.
I was soon sipping their incredible Sauvignon Blanc. I confess… a bottle came home with me. I didn’t know what I’d been handed, but when I described it to the winery employee as “clean and not too sweet” she nailed it – and granted me a taste to confirm. (Their chardonnay isn’t bad either; I had a taste of that to rule it out, as those were the two whites they were serving by the glass.)
It was a little hot and humid for hanging out on the patio with friends, but we did it anyway. I regret that I don’t have photos to share… or not. Did I mention it was hot and humid? We were all a little soggy and droopy, but it was great to chat with League members I didn’t know as well as I should!
I did pause on my way home to take a photo. I regret that I didn’t have my big, good camera with its zoom lens for this one. The sunset was an incredible PANK. You can see a hint of the pink in the middle of the photo, where the mountains meet the trees, but the intense colors got lost in transition. It was a just about perfect evening to have to be two places at once, even with the sweat running down my back.
I wish the events hadn’t been on the same night so that “everyone” could have experienced both of them, but we fell into the Trump opportunity after the invitations had gone out for the interest event. I kinda’ glossed over my thankfuls yesterday, but I am so very grateful for my past president friend who represented at Trump, and for the darlin’ Membership VP (far left, top photo) who not only represented at the interest event so I was free to leave, but took photos… so the past president could stay at the winery and avoid my double-duty.
Confused? Well… said past president is doing a double placement this year. She’s both past president and League historian, so she quickly agreed to stay at the winery if we’d take lots of photos for her at the other event. We really have some devoted, dedicated leaders in the JLC, and I’m so glad they’re also friends.
What simple joys have you overlooked today?