We really 'went to town' for New Year's Eve!
A chilly night, but no wind or dampness, so it wasn't
bad out if you bundled up. We pinned on our
First Night 2014 buttons (thank you people who
support the arts and worked so hard
to make this such a great night), and joined
the merrymakers to.......
- Walk, a lot!
- March in the People's Procession.
- Enjoy fabulous music venues from Mozart on a huge church organ, to bluegrass, folk, pure jazz, and a new British singer from Yorkshire who thrilled us with her songwriting, voice and piano skills. Go here to listen to Fran Smith who was here in Raleigh last night - for her first American performance! This gal will go a long way.
- Chow down on Mexican - the only restuarant we could get a seat without a reservation!
- Spend far too long trying to get through 100,000 other merrymakers to get back to the Marriott Hotel.......but made it just in time to get to our room, pop the bubbly, watch the acorn being dropped below us at midnight, and make a rousing well-intentioned toast to you of course, as the fireworks burst so close we could feel the windows shudder!
This morning we were a bit lazy and missed breakfast
at the hotel. OK though as it meant we could have a little
lunch which included black-eyes peas, collard greens and
cornbread, a Southern tradition which supposedly brings
prosperity in the new year......and who would pass up on a
chance at that!
We took a little exercise after lunch,
walking for a while through a favorite
shopping center.....it was quiet,
sunny and cool, but a nice way to start the
new year and chat about plans for the
coming months of 2014.
Hope your celebration was fun.
Don't know about you but I'm over celebrations
for some time.........but wouldn't you know it,
stopping at the drugstore on the way home, the
shelves were bowing under the weight of hundreds of
very red, heart-shaped chocolate boxes - shame on retail.