Rob Sample talks to Shawn Levy during costume contest, Matt Zaffino in ruffles, go-go dancer, Rob and Lisa
BIRTHDAY BLISS: "Mama's getting married," said Lisa Schroeder to me just after "it" happened.
The happening was a ginormous celebration at Mother's Bistro on Saturday night for Rob Sample's 60th birthday, a funky 60-themed dance party with groovy tunes from DJ Aquaman.
But what happened right after Rob blew out his candle had everyone spinning for the rest of the night. That's because, after being with his partner and love, Lisa Schroeder, for 17 years Rob decided it was time for them to get married. He proposed to her in front of all his friends, and there was probably 200 of them. Although she was clearly shocked, Lisa didn't hesitate and said, "yes."
And, that my friends, is a pretty damn special way to celebrate your birthday.
Congrats to the couple. And, oh yeah, Happy Birthday Rob!
Daniel Borgen, Stephen Cassell, Carl Halvorson, Samir Raad, Jeana Frazzini, Sam Adams, Peter Zuckerman, Robin Castro, John Halseth, Anthony Watson and Caryn Brooks
CHEER ON: Stephen Cassell and his partner, Eric Wright, opened up their Southwest home on Friday night for a little get-together in celebration of of the holidays. Fueled by good eats and great drinks it was time to catch up with friends. And make new friends, like the incredible Anthony Watson, Director & Chief Information Officer Europe & Middle East & Global Operations of Barclays Bank, who was in town for a little visit from London.
Edgar Martinez, Kelly Kerbs, DJ Deenah Bee, Spencer Kunath and Lori Pacchino
MARINER & MEZCAL: Seattle Mariner's legend Edgar Martinez hosted a tasting event at Trebol on Friday night. For this tempting tasting party Trebol owners Kenny Hill and Tony Pepe served up scrumptious bites while Edgar mingled with guests and invited them to experience a complimentary ZAC Mezcal tasting. The event benefited Connecting Borders Foundation with 100% of raffle proceeds going to support Azul Wasi,a small boys orphanage in Peru.
Todd Robinson, motion capture model, Tara Johnson-Medinger, Vince Porter, Andy Mingo, Jules Bailey and Lana Veenker
FILM FETE: Vince Porter and his crew of merry film commission folks at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television held their annual Holiday/ End of Year Shin-dig at their brand new headquarters in the Burnside Exchange Building near the south end of the Burnside Bridge that share with the Technology Association of Oregon. All sorts of cool folks showed up at the party to celebrate this year’s accomplishments,as well as see the debut of some new digital collaborations that explore the intersection between creativity and technology including Andy Mingo's "capture motion" course that is being offered out at Clackamas Community College. They were also there to schmooze and mingle. These people sure know how to mingle.
Gretchen and John Kent Harrison at Living Room Theater
MOVIE NIGHT: On Sunday night, Living Room Theater was the site for a screening of "Christmas In Conway," a Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Andy Garcia, Mary Louise Parker, Mandy Moore and Cheri Oteri and directed by Portland's own John Kent Harrison.
It was also a chance to celebrate the nuptials of John and his bride, Gretchen Miller, who were married just a day prior to the screening. The film is a wonderful love story and it was awesome to spend the evening with this very special couple and their friends.