Held in the glamorous Feale Room at the Listowel Arms Hotel, this party included friends from around the world, incredible music, food and dance. The "6 to 9 Club" was there, along with some pub theater celebrities and even an Elvis! Once more, I was overwhelmed at the warm generosity and sense of community in this town.
I don't ever go to parties alone. Walking into this one by myself was another first (when in Ireland, wear your big girl pants). But here's where things become truly magical...within ten minutes, seeing faces I knew from my last trip here, receiving welcomes and hugs and smiles - I realized I knew more people in that room than I knew in my own neighborhood at home. It might have been Carol's birthday, but the greatest gift was surely mine. Her invitation (spur of the moment, generous and welcoming) allowed me to count the blessings I've received as result of this residency in each of the familiar faces and smiles.
Now I have no way of knowing the real story behind this event, which occurred outside our "Window Theater" at about 6 o'clock the next morning, but it seems to me someone might have had one too many adult beverages that night...our beloved sign and holiday music speakers are now leaning precariously. We may have to ask Santa for a new one.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation