Something very special happened last Monday, November 24. For the longest time, James Newton and I wanted to thank several of the musicians that Sande Caplin and Associates has had the honor to work with. Billy, Kara and Twinkle were able to attend. Unfortunately, Dana Rice of Kettle of Fish and Lauren Mitchell had other commitments.
It started off with a photo shoot at one of my favorite places, The Swordfish Grill and Tiki in Cortez. Thank you, Bob Slicker for allowing us to use your facility. Vicky Sullivan took lots and lots of fabulous photos. It was just so much fun. We tried to take the smile off of Billy’s face, but it is quite hard to do when he had two beautiful ladies surrounding him for the entire afternoon!
After the photo shoot we drove over to the Flying Dog Café. It wasn’t the typical setting at the Dog. Melissa Weaver prepared a very special dinner for all of the guests which included a delicious assortment of hor dourves and cocktails in the cozy living room. After cocktails we moved into the dining area where Melissa and Amber Murphy had a beautiful table set for 12! Melissa’s dinner was beyond superb. It consisted of stuffed flounder, a beautiful fresh ham with a stuffing that was mouth watering, salad, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes made especially for Kara Nally and the grand finale….a chocolate cake for desert that you could die for!
After dinner, something special took place. Bruce Famiglio went to the office and brought out a guitar. He handed it to Billy and that’s when everyone just sat in awe with tears in their eyes as Billy sang some original love songs. Billy then handed the guitar to Twink who also sang songs that just brought us closer together. Twink gave the guitar to Kara Nally who sang amazing and last but not least, Kara handed the guitar to Carolyn Davis who sang her heart out. There wasn’t a dry eye at the table.
There is a lot more to be said about this evening. Twinkle has promised to write a more detailed story. I can only describe it by the lyrics from the Buffalo Springfield- “There’s something happening here but what it is ain’t exactly clear.” But, it was clear! These 4 talented folks played and sang and brought so much love into the room. Thanks to all of you. Thanks to Bruce Famiglio for letting us turn the Flying Dog Café into an elegant dinner venue for the evening. And, special thanks to Melissa Weaver who under very difficult conditions (like the oven breaking) made a “dinner for the ages.”
Watch the Sarasota Post for Twinkle’s story and there will be lots of photos and a story that will be shared worldwide!
Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lense Photos