This past Saturday was one of those great events that makes me pinch myself, and I thank all my lucky stars, the constellations, and all the other great stuff in the universe.
Sometimes life is good to you, and you meet some exceptional people that introduce you to other folks that are amazing. And if you’re a good person, you end up being surrounded by good people, and in turn you will attract more wonderful people into your life.
This past Saturday was a night I look forward to each day of the year, and I mark it on my calendar and make arrangements quite early for the CASAblanca Gala presented by the briliant folks of Anne Arundel County, CASA.
It’s become more than a night. It’s become a weekend to celebrate what’s good about this organization, what’s good about the Annapolis area, and a great weekend celebrating with family and friends. And I’m honored to call people close to the organization, family.
My dear friend Rebecca is the Executive Director (and acted as Conductor, more on this shortly…) who works tirelessly to put together not just this event, but so many others I’ve been honored to be a part of.
Yes this is a wine blog, and I will incorporate wine into this.
Before the event begun itself, I met up earlier in the afternoon with friends who were staying at the Westin Hotel, where the event was being held, and a pre event beverage seemed appropriate, and also has become tradition. I love a good tradition.
I bought a bottle, not necessarily with the intent that I was going to write about it, but just one to share. And as I noticed the label, I thought how perfect. The wine is the 2012 Conductor from The Whitman Express.
We enjoyed our wine with some cheese, crackers, and all the essentials that my pals were so generous and thoughtful enough to bring. So bringing a bottle is the least I could do.
There’s a lot going on with this red blend. And it wouldn’t be right to list them all (Merlot, Zinfandel, Barbera among others), because at the time, my friends and I were just enjoying the moment for what it us. We were drinking a red table wine in a hotel room, sharing an experience that we only do ever so often.
That in itself made this wine that much better. The anticipation and the buildup of the amazing night that was to come. Yes I’ve done it three times now, so I kind of know what to expect, but the joy in hanging out with good people for a beautiful cause, and hanging out in a divine location, will always be something to look forward to and something I’m so honored to be a part of. I can’t ever show enough appreciation.
And speaking of thoughtful, this organization is loaded with some of the kindest and most thoughtful people imaginable.
Funny that I grab a wine called the Conductor.
The event itself was a symphony of love, happiness, hope, healing, and all the other good stuff in the world.
I prefer to let your mind visualize all the good stories, speeches, and stories of joy that were shared throughout this night. Yes there was plenty of amazing food, drinks and enjoying time with friends, old and new. And in this instance I consider several of the folks involved and in attendance as family.
I mean what else need to be said? Five hours goes by in a flash. The whole weekend goes by in flash. Thankfully I have memories through this blog, through pictures, and through the domino effect of making some amazing connections. Yes some of these guys you only see once a year but that’s what makes this so beautiful. You see them, then you don’t, they come back into your life, and you pick up right where you left off.
And then there’s others you start seeing more often because you share the same interests, the same support for an amazing cause, and are connected by some of the same amazing people.
A beautiful symphony indeed.
Here is a post related to CASA I made nearly a year ago. And my preview of this exceptional event from last week.
For more on this wine, the site is user friendly to find all the information you need.
But most importantly, for more on Anne Arundel County CASA, here is their About Us section, information on volunteering, other ways to get involved, and their donation page.
This is the event that gets me excited for the holidays and it’s placement in the first Saturday of November makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
See you at their next event, and of course I look forward to next year.
Happy Holidays and Peace Be With You.