This Saturday Los Angeles Magazine Associate Editor and LA Conservancy modcom guru Chris Nichols held one of his legendary birthday parties at Glendale's historic Ard Eevin (PDF) estate. The era evoked was trackside at the Kentucky Derby -- circa 1885. Guests sipped mint juleps and dined on southern fried chicken, succotash, potato salad, cole slaw, salty ham and corn bread while gents in the backyard cranked ice cream by hand. An impressively bearded pianist played period songs on the piano, while steampunk ghostbusters tracked glowing Victorian ghost-ladies-in-mourning through the backyard. A horse drawn carriage pulled into the backyard and gave anyone brave enough a ride around the private driveway circling the house.
My personal highlight was the carriage ride - pulling in front of the beautifully lit house as women in 3 foot tall hats mingled and piano music drifted through the front door made me forget where I was. I ran into quite a few friends, all of them enthusiastic about something. Which makes sense when you realize that Chris is enthusiastic about EVERYTHING. Life is good when you're hanging with enthusiasts. Bravo to Chris, Charlene and Sally for hosting an awesome event. Here are a few snapshots.
Chris being presented with the key to the City of Louisville.
Chris helps his bride into the carriage.
Glowing ghost ladies in mourning!