I spent the weekend before last immersed in my Merola Opera Program life at our annual Spring Benefit Gala. This year’s theme was “A Night in New Orleans”, very festive and fun. It was a long day, beginning with setting up the silent auction and ending with packing up after the after party and getting to our hotel room just before two am. But though it was definitely not a writing day, this sort of event always makes me think about Suzanne/Mélanie and Malcolm/Charles’s world. From the, in Regency parlance, crush in the auction room to the formal dinner, the concert (a musicale) to the dancing after (all in a gown that grazed the floor) it was certainly more similar to their world than my typical Saturday night of a quiet dinner with friends.

Here, in pictures, is a summary of the day.

 

Upon arrival, Mel was very at home at our room at the Stanford Court.

Mélanie gave me a good excuse for a break while setting at the silent auction at the Fairmont Hotel.

Ready for the event to start

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

photo: Drew Altizer

At the after party.

Back at the hotel

Back at the hotel

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A relaxing brunch the next day.