Yesterday Clark and I went to Healdsburg to join Nancy and Bill Barnard, Ken and Ann Emanuels, and Les and Betsy Miller for almost 24 hours of conversation and catching up. The couples had children who were classmates of son Brandon in 2nd grade at Deterding School in Carmichael. The children were on the Carmichael Beavers Swim Team and we were all in a car pool together. Barnards moved to Walnut Creek after only a couple of years; Millers moved to Jackson a few years later; and Emanuels moved to Inverness when they retired; 29 years ago I moved a few miles from Carmichael to Sacramento.
Over the past 40 years, Nancy Barnard has been wonderful at keeping us together. She suggested that we couples meet at the Best Western Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg. We gathered for lunch yesterday at Costeaux French Bakery on Healdsburg Avenue:
Clark, Bill Barnard, Ken Emanuels, Nancy Barnard, Ann Emanuels, Betsy and Les Miller gathered before dinner on a patio at the Best Western Dry Creek Inn.
Nancy provided wine and sparkling water, sliced apples, and almonds.
Nancy Barnard, Barb and Clark, Ken and Ann Emanuels, Betsy and Les Miller, and Bill Barnard enjoyed a 7 pm tapa dinner outside on the patio at Bravas.
Ann took charge of the ordering. The gaspacho was blended and delicious. We had scallops, skirt steak, chicken and ham croquetas, roasted cauliflower, roasted beets with walnuts, and pan olivo to share. There was barely a scrap left on a plate.
We met at 8:30 am this morning for breakfast provided by the hotel. That is Larry Cohen’s 2-0ver-1 Bridge book on the table. Nancy plays a lot of party bridge. So, I was surprised when she said that she played the 2-over-1 bridge system, which many duplicate bridge players use. I was re-reading the book in the car on the way down yesterday, and loaned it to Nancy to read last night. I was impressed that she read about 20 pages of it.
Betsy Miller Ann Emanuels Les Miller
Betsy and Les’ son Scott was a classmate of Brandon’s. The Millers headed home to Jackson after breakfast because they were expecting house guests. The rest of us sat on a patio outside until check out time at 11.
Thank you, Nancy, for organizing us!