Originally Published: April 14, 2009 9:49 a.m.
Once again the Spring Ladies Luncheon was overwhelmingly fun, from the feathered masks on the program to the Mummer's Parade. The tables were full, and the meal left attendees the same way.
Cooks Barbara Pelham, Pat Martin, Anice Grant, Ardis Jones and Alice Spry served up a menu of Mardi Gras chicken and creamy au gratin potatoes, "Voodoo Veggies," which turned out to be asparagus, and the "Jester's Surprise," strawberry shortcake with ice cream.
Servers Linda Giguere, Jeanie Davis, Mary Lou Bottomfield, Jean Chester and Robbe Bressler kept the food coming and the empty plates going.
Door prizes were plentiful as were the raffle prizes. Phyllis Willman held the basket high for Dehlia Bryant to draw out the winning names. Dorothy Petty not only won a prize, but she made aprons for all of the servers, and has done so for many years.
The decorations by Judy Slankark, Debbie Barnes and Robbe Bressler made guests think they were in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Feathered clay full-featured masks on the walls and soft feathered masks as centerpieces on the table added to the ambience. The stage backdrop included a large sequined mask and several short street lights along the back. Decorators even placed sparklies in the gravel outside the front door to get guests right into the Mardis Gras mood.
The entertainment was clever and everyone in the audience could see the different costumes as they paraded through the tables.
Phyllis Willman was the Silver Dollar Lady from Las Vegas and did a hilarious rendition of the Big Boned Girl. Bacchus (Jean Chester) "drank" her way through her act, and Salome (Alice Spry) belly danced with her veil. Linda Giguere was the perfect Japanese lady in Japanese Sandman, as was Pat Williamson with her Lovely Hula Hands. Kimila McFarland danced Tahitian and shook so well she lost a tassel. Ardis Jones did a lip-sync to All That Jazz. Trish Rasmussen provided most of the live music and "Birth of the Blues."
The show ended with "When The Saints Come Marchin' In," as the entertainers marched out to enthusiastic applause.
Six young ladies from Spring Ridge Academy did dishes, cleared tables, put everything away and, in general, did all of the dirty work, which guests and organizers alike much appreciated.