Monday, December 24, 2012


…..A holiday bash given for staff and docents. I’ve mentioned before that Clara is a docent at the Getty ‘Villa’ which I always call ‘her villa’ and she was able to bring one guest….  Happy Moi !!!


Get the idea I’m sort of excited????  Yippee!!!


Forget ‘Florence and the Renaissance’, we’re here to PARTY!!!


Clara, lead the way…..


A group shot as we wait in line at one of the food stations….Surprised?  Not hardly.


Don’t ask.  O.K. ask……He’s on staff, I think in the Public Relations area somewhere and wanted to add some frivolity to the evening.  Later on you’ll see how everyone wanted to take a picture with him.


You can’t see the disc jockey for all the people but he’s there….there was a lot of dancing going on…..




Told you……..


There he is……


So pretty………


There were so many food stations….this was the ‘everything fish’ one.  Think there’s enough shrimp left for me????


Clara I agree…….


O.K., here he is………..


My turn…….


Oh gosh, I NEED this bread pudding….with the chocolate sauce….and the whipped cream.  After all, I stood in line for 15 minutes to get it!


Clara’s going straight for the chocolate cake…..


Another food station…forgot what this was but had to have some (I remember that) just to keep the server happy.  He suggested I dip the yummy bread sticks (they really were) in some mushroom soup that he had….oh my, this is getting out of control….


The Three Graces….’Joy, Charm & Beauty’…docents all at the Getty Villa.  Clara and ‘Botticelli Girl’ Dominique in the middle with Tara on the right.


We all went to the auditorium for some Karaoke…how could we miss that? Pllleeeese…..(Just say that with expression)


Last stop was ‘The Restaurant’ where they had more food stations, this time with short- ribs.  Now who could pass that up?  Even if it is the third dinner of the evening.




They had a wonderful jazz band at ‘The Restaurant’…..


….dancing to ‘Fly Me to the Moon”.

Time to go………….


So cute!!!!!!  Thank you Clara for the most delightful, fun evening!


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