A quick trip to town last week offered a perfect time to stop and purchase tickets for the Girls Night Out. To my surprise, I was told there were only a few tickets left. Even with the state of the economy, Sumner’s desire to have a YMCA and the support made this a sold out event five days before Friday night!
“We couldn’t sell any more tickets,” said an event sponsor, Sumner employee Jeanine Lucas, “We could only sell enough tickets to meet the capacity of Windmill Gardens.”
That night the rains came, although we were not surprised. As my good friend Kerry and I drove toward the , the road was lined cars as far away as Sumner Veterinary Hospital. We wish we had known about the free shuttle from the parking lot by Aversano’s!
At last we saw the welcome tent outside the entrance. Our eyes followed the line winding around toward the gate to the nursery, around toward the street and down the sidewalk. “Wow!” I said to my gal pal, “I’m glad we did not come late.”
No one seemed to mind, as laughter could be heard from every angle and enthusiasm grew as we edged toward the front door. Once at the tent, a tall, dark and handsome man in a tuxedo escorted my BFF and I to the first of our many enjoyable sights of the evening... the wine table.
The Windmill Bistro was filled with vendors showing their girly wears and snacks that were Legendary… especially the doughnuts. (FYI, I learned the night's best seller is a doughnut with maple and bacon topping – yes, bacon!) Legendary Doughnuts of Lakeland Hills, a small business owned by a officer, was the hit of the party.
The rain was relentless, but after our two glasses of wine, a little boogie music from the live entertainment, a martini (or three) and a s’more brownie (and s’more and s’more of those), we ventured to the main greenhouse and found more vendors with hand painted glass wear, skin care, fashion accessories, and so much more.
The final silent auction table closed and my mom friends won the big sunny vacation they had hoped for and I was happy for them, although I would have been a bit happier if I was also heading out on the jet plane with them!
Kerry and I wandered back to the car through the crowd of happy women, many carrying gift baskets they had won in the auction and bags of things they had been lucky enough to snag. We were glad the rain had subsided, since I had thrown out my umbrella and we could not take the complimentary umbrella provided for us during our stay, out to the car.
We are already looking forward to next time and our is that much closer to helping us work off that second piece of cheesecake we had before we left.
We’ll see you next time!