‘Get Ready’ (The Temptations,1966)….I ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’ (Marvin Gaye, 1968)…there’d be some ‘Dancing In The Street’ (Martha and the Vandellas, 1964)!!! When you start the evening with a Sloe Gin Fizz, you know you are back in the 60’s! Add a great disc jockey and disco ball, and you’ve got ladies dancing even before dinner is served. This was one fun night with everyone getting into the retro spirit!
The L3 Ladies celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Motown in style! The outfits ranged from cool hippie style to The Supremes Chic. This elegant, sophisticated night club environment sported a rocking vibe for sure! A disco ball, suspended from the ceiling front and center, threw myriad spots of light spinning around the walls of the room. The decorated tables were as beautiful and clever as could be….“vinyl record” placemats encircled gorgeous floral arrangements of oranges, yellows & purples … floating candles adorned with musical notes and more vinyl records added the perfect touch! Posters of our favorites lined the walls, including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & more…. .
Dashing bartenders, Tony Ying, Richard Warner, and Jack Lambe, concocted Manhattans and Sloe Gin Fizzes. Now those were some specialty cocktails! This party’s definitely getting started! Daryl, the DJ, played famous songs from the era, as well as contemporary hits and from then on, everyone danced the night away! Countless people described the night as “a real blast from the past” – check it out below!
A magnanimous thank you to our superbly talented hostesses; Michelle Warner, Jackie Perrotti and Sue Ying. These rockin’ “Supremes” worked tirelessly to put on this fantastic Motown event!
Save the date for our next event, Fall into Fashion, Thursday, September 19th !
Debi Incandela, Lifelong Learning Committee Group member envisioned a musical dinner experience featuring blues and jazz for her fellow Colleton members. Debi reached out to the multi-talented musician, Lavon Stevens to conduct an evening of music and its history and they soon learned they both speak the language of music.
Mr. Lavon’s extensive repertoire encompasses soulful jazz, blues, contemporary, and gospel. A native of Savannah, Lavon began his musical studies at the age of seven with the violin. By 13, he was listening to his classically trained brother and then playing piano by ear. He studied piano and voice at Dekalb College in Atlanta from 1979 to 1983. Lavon performed nationally for years before returning to the Lowcountry.
Mr. Stevens offered a delightful blend of entertainment and education as he discussed the roots of jazz and then illustrated his points with music and song. Explaining that jazz is the only truly original American art form, he pointed to the influence of African music (string plucking), drum lines, horns used in funeral processions and ring shouts. The origin of the word, ‘jazz’ is still an historical contention but the best contender is the similarity of “jazz” to “jasm”, an obsolete slang term meaning spirit, energy, and vigor.
Lavon characterized gospel as the sound of hope. Gospel music is a form of euphoric, rhythmic, spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of the African American South. Its development coincided with – and is germane to – the development of rhythm and blues.
The ‘Nicklaus Jazz Club’ evening was a resounding success.
The Problem: Below is the recipe for a specialty All-American cocktail that we will feature at the Fourth of July Cookout, but the poor thing is nameless.
Your Challenge: Submit your entry to name it in our online event registration portal, then come back to vote.
The cocktail recipe, full contest rules, details on entry and the contest prize follow below. Now it’s up to you!
1 ½ oz. George Dickel 12 Tennessee Whiskey
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 Dixie Crystals sugar cube
1 oz. Fresca or lemon–lime soda
2 dash Fee Brothers black walnut bitters
Mason Jar, paper straw
Lemon wedge & mint leaf sprig
Combine all ingredients except the soda in a mixing tumbler.
Add large ice cubes, shake vigorously, pour into the jar.
Top with the soda and garnish with lemon and mint leaves.
The winner will receive two coupons. The bearer of each coupon shall be entitled to receive one free glass of this winning cocktail from the Nicklaus Clubhouse Pub during posted hours of operation. Coupons expire at 11 pm, Saturday, July 6, 2019.
Entries may be submitted June 5-10, 2019.
All entries will be posted in the June 12 edition of “Around the Table.”
Votes may be cast June 12-17, 2019.
The winner will be announced in the June 19 edition of “Around the Table” and in the June 24 edition of the Monday “Communique.”
You may enter only once. Entries may be submitted June 5-10, 2019.
You may edit or cancel your entry up to one hour before the deadline at 12:00 am, June 11, 2019.
To enter a cocktail name: log into the Colleton River Club website. Select Events & Accommodations tab. Locate “Name That Cocktail” under Upcoming Events. Select Register. Enter your cocktail name in the blank provided and save your registration.
How to Vote
All members may vote for their top two entry choices. You may vote only once. Votes may be cast June 12-17, 2019.
To vote: Log into the Colleton River Club website. Select Events & Accommodations tab. Locate “Vote That Cocktail” under Upcoming Events. Select Register. Click to select your top two cocktail name entries and save your registration.
I hope you’ll help us name this delicious summer “sipper” and join us to enjoy a round at the Fourth of July Cookout! Until then, cheers!