It all sounded as if it would be such a posh affair. The Molesey Regatta! The more I heard, however, the more I realized that this would not be the posh event it originally sounded. It was lovely, mind you, it was just not the restrained and proper event I had pictured.
The invite called for “collars and longs.” This, it was explained to me, meant that there were to be no shorts and no tee-shirts. I even had to forgo my beloved aloha shirts for the day. It was okay, one day to wear a proper button down. No prob.
This morning I donned a pair of topsiders, khakis, a tan shirt, by blue and taupe paisley tie and a brown suede blazer. I clean-up pretty good! Terry came to collect me, we picked-up Kevin and some wine, and we were off to Molesey for the pre-party party.
Phil and Lucy, a nice couple I met through Terry and Angie, opened their house and organized the get-together. What a lovely morning! The sky is a perfect, flawless azure, the temperature is just on the warm side of pleasant. There is a light breeze that makes the entire effect that of a warm spring morning rather than the height of summer. It is deceptive, though. Walking from Terry and Angie’s to Phil and Lucy’s I do wish I hadn’t put on the blazer. Oh well.
There are about thirty-five people; a wonderfully eclectic gathering that congregates at the house and the Champaign starts to flow. I overhear Phil telling a mate of his from the office to pace himself. It is going to be a long day!
About 13:00 the cars start arriving to carry us to the event. The Molesey Amateur Regatta is an annual event and I am told that it used to be the largest regatta in the area. Apparently, in recent years a local festival in the area has been scheduling itself against the regatta. We have two tables reserved at the lunch tent and a marvelous lunch is set-out. There is Roast Beef (or salmon) and a choice of starters. A selection of salads and a choice of deserts that includes a cheese plate, a chocolate mousse cake and a summer berry pudding rounds out the menu.
Of course, the dinner was accompanied by pitchers of Pimms and a choice of wine.
The company cannot be beat, the food is excellent and the weather is lovely. What more could anyone want? Oh, yes! There is also a boating race, or something, going on in the Thames!
It is certainly a lovely day!
Afterward, we celebrated an after party at Kevin’s place since it was a scone’s throw from the event grounds. But that is another story.
I hope that wherever you are today you have had a wonderful day, the weather has been fair and the company outstanding. I know it has been for me!
Don Bergquist - 15 July 2006 - West Molesey, Surrey, UK