The Band

Lynmar Estate Madmen Ball

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The Menu

 

[Update August 23: Lynmar has posted a photo gallery of the Madmen Ball.]

We are long-time members of Lynmar Estate’s Advocates wine club.  When we got the invitation to the Lynmar Estate Madmen Ball, we accepted eagerly.  The event lived up to our expectations.  No, that’s wrong.  Our expectations were wildly exceeded.  At our age (well, my age), we’re usually not allowed to have that much fun.

The party was held in the 32nd floor ballroom of the venerable St. Francis Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco.  Now owned by the Westin chain, this hotel has been a destination for, well, longer than we’ve been in California.  Luckily, Westin hasn’t screwed up the franchise.  We got a room in the old wing, with smaller rooms but there is a definite air of luxury and privacy.

Lynn Fritz Visits Our Table

Lynn Fritz Visits Our Table

We arrived around 6:30 and were greeted with the warmth we have come to expect.  Proprietor Lynn Fritz and his lovely wife Anisya came over to greet us personally.  As always, the two circulated around the rooms, chatting with their guests and making occasional announcements.

Anisya Making an Announcement

Anisya Making an Announcement

With the band playing music from the fifties and sixties and the wine flowing freely, the dance floor was soon packed.

A Vocalist With the Band

A Vocalist With the Band

 ... and Then Things Got Rowdy

… and Then Things Got Rowdy

Some people went all-out with period costumes:

MadMen Fashionistas

MadMen Fashionistas

Lynmar's Nancy Vandegrift

Lynmar’s Nancy Vandegrift

Then there’s the food.  The smoked salmon first course and the deconstructed apple pie dessert surrounded an excellent meal.

Smoked Salmon First Course

Smoked Salmon First Course

Deconstructed Apple Pie

Deconstructed Apple Pie

The party wouldn’t have been as much fun without our table companions:

Our Table Companions

Our Table Companions

More Table Companions

More Table Companions

More Table Companions

More Table Companions

And some crowd scenes:

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