Recap for Tony's Farewell Fiesta
By Sue Day
By coincidence - Pastor Tony's farewell luncheon and party fell on Mexico's Independence Day (September 16), so we had a Mexican Fiesta theme with Mariachi music playing in the background. About 70 people attended. Freshly made gourmet tacos were available on the deck with four 12-foot tables laden with pot luck dishes in the Social Hall. A special Mexican cake, Tres Leche (three milk cake) was decorated with "We love you, We will miss you, Your ACC Family".
Concha and Javier decorated the Social Hall in green, white and red, the national colors of Mexico.
Our gifts to Tony and Darrell included: royal blue t-shirts with ACC's stained glass love dove logo, a photo album that will contain photographs of attendees, two wool hats knitted by Ruth Robinson and Linda Young with plaques initiating Tony and Darrell into the Order of the Worthy Tam, and finally an original oil painting entitled "Sonoma Coast" by local artist Iris Sabre. Tony and Darrell often drove to the ocean for rest and rejuvenation.
After lunch 20 singers from the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus**, with whom Tony often sang, performed "It's a Wonderful World".
Assisting Sue Day, Coordinator, were the following: Nina Harmon, Sara and Randy Laferte, Ruth Robinson, Dudley Thompson, Concha Delgado, Bill Day, Helen Winters, Elena Caruthers, Jaima Roberts, Barry Cammer, Alan Gardiner, Ron Yourd, Natalie Morrison, and Beatrice Gonzalez (our facilities caretaker's wife) who made Uruguayan cookies with caramel and vanilla icing with coconut flakes.
** This talented group will be giving a Christmas Concert at ACC on December 9 at 4 PM! Save the Date!!