I’m coming off a solid weekend–seriously solid. Even better, it started early, on Thursday when I met up with fellow Harlequin author Wendy Etherington for drinks and then a Nascar-sponsoredÂ concert at theÂ Hard Rock. Wendy writes for Harlequin’s Nascar-themed series, and sheÂ rolled into town to take part in the Nascar cross-promotional festivities, including a book signing. What I know about Nascar, aboutÂ racing period,Â could fit into a thimble with room to spare. Fortunately for meÂ Wendy is a fab teacher, and I’m a quick study. And having music mega-starÂ Gavin DeGraw play a private concert for Nascar royalty and well, us in the Hard Rock’s auditorium while we stoodÂ stageside was well, way cool.
Next stop on the Fun Train: Kennedy’s, an iconic Midtown Irish pub and restaurant, for Romance Writers of America/NYC’s annual holiday brunch. Over eggs and mimosas, I caught up with Scandalous Woman and outgoing RWA/NYC prez, Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, DeeÂ Davis, andÂ others, including one member’s adorable four-month old baby,Â Jack.
A quick refresh, includingÂ “costume” change, and then it was back out to the Upper West Side’sÂ Dive BarÂ for bookseller buddy, Stacey Agdern’s birthday. The putin–a heap of fries layered with gravy and topped with lots of gloppy good melted cheese–was delish and the cosmo wasn’t bad, either.
I departed the Dive Bar with the Rebels of Romance, Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi amidst the season’s first snow. Even wearing open-toed platform pumps–what was I thinking?–I found myself getting caught up in Liz’sÂ winter wonderland enthusiasm. Still, by the time we reached our next stop, The Brass Monkey in the uber trendy Meatpacking District, I was more than happy to settle inside, have a drink, and thaw.
Soon it was time to move on again to the signature event of the night, The Bowie BallÂ at Santos Party House in Tribeca. NamedÂ after glitter rock legend David Bowie, theÂ ball is an homage to the 1980’s music and fashion scene. Between sets of classic 80’s dance tunes, we took in the stage show where drag queens, retro bands, and burlesque dancers literally rocked the house.
Today, Sunday, I dialed it down a notch and attended the New York Public Library’s holiday open house. The library is always lovely,Â butÂ decked out in holiday splendor it wasÂ positively breathtaking.Â Face painting, puppet show,Â stilt walkers, and costumed actors kept kids of all agesÂ thoroughly entertained.Â Music provided by groups suchÂ as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus andÂ a Santa suited brass bandÂ put us all in the holiday spirit.
On the way home, I squeezedÂ in some not-so-early Christmas shopping and thenÂ stopped in at one of my favorite restaurants for aÂ glass of vino and a bowl of lobster bisque. FinallyÂ it was home againÂ where hungry cats and neglected fictional charactersÂ awaited me.
What cool stuff did you do this weekend?
Merry merry, happy happy,