Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flagler Centennial Celebration at the Casa Marina, Key West

Traveling back in time to the Henry Flagler era in costume and ambiance was a once in a lifetime experience at the Casa Marina in Key West January 22, 2012.  The food, surroundings, music, company and the fantastic fireworks displayed as we ate our desert at the ocean’s edge was spectacular.

After a full night of socializing, good food and a considerable amount of red wine I retired for the night in my Flagler Ocean Vista room at the Casa Marina.  Soon after  I was in my silk leopard pajamas – a knock at the door.  Could it be that good looking gentleman dressed like Henry Flagler I just met at the Gala?

No, it was the bell boy with three huge wooden carvings to store in my room.  It seems there was a little glitch with storage of our items from the Silent Auction.  In a bit of a daze, I helped the hotel guys unload boxes, easels and artwork and these heavy (I might say very beautiful) wood carvings of sea creatures into every corner of my room. The bellhop and I discussed what kind of wood could be quite so heavy as we lifted them off the trolley.

Actually, that was the easy part.  The next morning, our president, Bernard Spinrad is the one that had to bubble wrap and haul them back to Marathon to the lucky participant that won the bid.

Although we had limited resources and time to conduct the Friends of Old Seven silent auction, our president Bernard Spinrad, reports pledges of over $10,000.

The good news is we still have items to sell at our upcoming events at the Pigeon Key Art Festival February 11th and 12th, and the Kick-off Party at Sunset Grill on February 19th.

The Friends of Old Seven organization is an entity to be recognized and we’ve just started.


Deborah C. Linker