I threw a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for my folks in July (with the help of some sneaky companions) and it was an unqualified success.  They were surprised to see me, surprised to have a party, surprised at all the guests, and generally delighted.  The weather was perfect, the Moore’s house lovely, the Linds’ garden redolent, the food delish, the liquor flowing, and there was even a campfire.  Who could ask for anything more?  Click on any picture to enlarge.

Pam (Maid of Honor) was the first to arrive!

Pam (Maid of Honor) was the first to arrive!

Mike and Mike enjoying the surprise.

Mike and Mike enjoying the surprise.

Bill, whose house we borrowed for the evening.

Bill, whose house we borrowed for the evening.

The happy family.

The happy family.

Matt.  Hes treelike.

Matt. He's treelike.

Steve and Ruth Anne came from California back to the old hood.

Steve and Ruth Anne came from California back to the old 'hood.

Do they look analytical?  Theyre scientists.

Do they look analytical? They're scientists.

Joan, Judy and Mary with a diverse array of cocktails.

Joan, Judy and Mary with a diverse array of cocktails.

The Stewarts looking Hawaiian and loving it.

The Stewarts looking Hawaiian and loving it.

Bob and Betty at their post by the fire.

Bob and Betty at their post by the fire.

40 red lanterns for 40 years.

40 red lanterns for 40 years.

Dick begins his guest book masterpiece.

Dick begins his guest book masterpiece.

The neighbor girls are used to staying up late.

The neighbor girls are used to staying up late.

Purty.

Purty.

Percy being hilarious?

Percy being hilarious?

Jim with cosmo.  Happy Jim.

Jim with cosmo. Happy Jim.

Mikes and Sharons lovely yard.  The new studio, of which there were copious tours, is in the background.

Mike's and Sharon's lovely yard. The new studio, of which there were copious tours, is in the background.

Dont be fooled.  Tara was well fed that night.

Don't be fooled. Tara was well fed that night.

Someone very clever brought the marshmallows.  Wasnt me.

Someone very clever brought the marshmallows. Wasn't me.

Somebody has to clean up.

Somebody has to clean up.

Good night and thanks for coming!

Good night and thanks for coming!

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