Dancing in the Rain at the New England BBQ
Thanks to all the AAC members who were able to make it out to the annual New England summer climber’s barbecue on Saturday, July 11. It was a great party, in true New England fashion.
Titoune Meunier generously hosted the event at her home in North Conway, New Hampshire, with her deck overlooking the Saco River valley: Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges to the north, and beyond, Mount Washington’s base looming beneath cloud cover. I counted at least 50 people at the height of the party: climbers from age 8 to 80, from all parts of New England. Teresa Richey held court in the middle of the deck, DJ-ing salsa music on a small boom box and corralling anyone and everyone to dance. I think I saw George Hurly twirling around a few young ladies, in fact.
At about 9 o’clock, the music stopped and champagne flutes were passed around. Henry Barber stood on top of a chair and made a heartfelt toast about the strength and vibrancy of our community, and congratulated Mark and Teresa Richey on 25 years of marriage. Not a minute after the toast, the rain that had been threatening the skies all evening finally arrived and there was a scurry of activity to bring the food and furniture inside. Some folks huddled under umbrellas, some folks made themselves at home in Titoune’s kitchen. Eventually the music came back on and the dancing resumed on the deck, even as the rain continued. It must have been around midnight when Titoune finally closed her doors, and us stragglers found our ways home.
Thanks to New England chair Nancy Savickas and super-volunteer Titoune Meunier for hosting such a fun party.
- Sarah Garlick
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