Last night I went to a latke party to celebrate Chanukah. Our host made latkes with creme fraiche and smoked salmon, endives with goat cheese, mandarin oranges and pomegranate seeds and profiteroles with raspberry sorbet and hot fudge sauce on top for dessert. Saturday night was a neighborhood Christmas party with homemade tamales and powdered butter cookies. On Christmas eve, after walking on the main art gallery road lined with candles and bonfires and galleries open to offer free hot chocolate and apple cider, my next-door neighbor is having a gingerbread cocktail party. Two more neighborhood parties next weekend and one in the beginning of January to celebrate the end of the holidays, a Thank Goodness It’s Over party. I think that I’ll be ready for that one! What a social town! Anything and everything is a reason to celebrate with friends and family.
In January, my friend is starting a group called “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine Glass” in our neighborhood. I’ll tell you more about that later. How quickly they welcome newcomers. All races, nationalities, clothing styles and sexual preferences are welcome and add to the diversity of our inclusive community.