Happy New Year!
Since there was not enough room in the great hall for all the revellers, the overflow was seated in the Hansa Stube upstairs, where DJ John Pries looked after the musical requirements and provided great dance music all night.
When I sat down at my table I noticed a bowl of horseradish –
I knew then that we would be served roast beef. But that was not
all. In addition we were served perfectly done chicken drumsticks,
‘Pommes Parisienne’ and string beans with carrots, after a fresh
Caesar salad was served to whet the appetites. White and red wine
from the Colio Estate winery was chosen as table wine. Of course,
a yummy slice of cake plus coffee and tea were served as a dessert;
lucky people managed to get two slices.
After the tables were cleared and the music started it became an opportunity to socialise and a chance to renew old acquaintances and friendships.
For some of the guests I talked to it was the only opportunity
to attend once a year and to meet in a social setting like this.
They came from as far away as Barrie.
Needless to mention that the dance floor was always full and that the Golden Keys with their fabulous palette of beloved tunes were responsible for that. They seem to get better and better – like some wines – the longer they play together.
Almost imperceptibly the time creped closer to midnight and the New Year, and suddenly the count-down started: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1!
"Happy New Year" was shouted by hundreds of voices and hundreds of balloons dropped from the ceiling and the ensuing pandemonium included hugging, kissing, stomping on the balloons and toasting each other with the delicious champagne the club had provided.
Those guests who knew the song sang along with the band but none
sang 5 verses.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
most of the excitement subsided everyone settled down for a snack
of open faced sandwiches of all kinds or a nice sour Herring Broetchen.
Noticeably everyone was a little worn around the edges and looking
forward to their bed at home or in a near by hotel.