Sunday, April 24, 2011

OUT TO DINNER WITH FRIENDS: A Seven Year Tradition

"OUT WITH FRIENDS FOR DINNER -2008"
Six couples in a dining group, calling themselves simply "Out To Dinner With Friends" had their first dinner tonight starting their eight year.  One couple, Ken and Sandy are absent from this picture.

Normally the first dinner, a Progressive Dinner from House-to-House, takes place in early January.  In early January of this year I was just home from the hospital with a total replacement of my left hip.  Before I got out of bed, part of the group had left for their winter sojourn.

The Hardville Kitchen
At the urging of the group I mailed each couple a letter picking out the only Saturday open for the group in the Month of April for a get together The Harville Kitchen, a well known and well liked restaurant by all was chosen.  Every body made it promptly at the selected hour. 

What a happy group.  Except for visits while I was under the weather, I have only seen the group once this year.  That we are all the best of friends was obvious and plans were made for our monthly outings for the rest of the year.

Ken and Sandy requested a summer month, and chose August.  The rest of the group drew months from out of a bread basket.  Julie and I got the first month, May.  We must choose an unusual restaurant, not a chain.  For our pick last year we all sat around a Japanese grill as a chef entertained and cooked our meals.  It was so much fun!

At each dinner we pick the date for the next dinner.  Whoever is responsible for the choice will make sure the food is good and reasonably priced, make reservations for the group and mail menus.  Over the years we have had Italian, Mexican, assorted Steak Houses, Blue Grass presentations, and Poloneisan Huts.  We have eaten near and far.  Couples usually pair up to drive. 
GOOD FRIENDS ENJOYING THE BEST OF TIMES

You know it is a success when no one wants to leave.  As you can see in this picture, we have closed up the place and everyone is still standing around talking, girls to girls and guys to guys.

This special program costs nothing.  There are no rules, other than picking the eating place and getting out the menus.  If you are not already doing something like this, consider it.  Why, even an old man gimping along on a cane can enjoy an outing like this. 

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

God Bless!







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