Some special occasions are so special, the only thing left to do is to don your favorite party dress and dancin’ shoes and PAR-TAY.
I’d say being one year cancer free is one of those occasions.
So last night, Brian and I headed to Mt. Pleasant to attend a breast cancer awareness charity event, hosted by my favorite singer/songwriter Edwin McCain.
And yes, we wore pink. That’s right, I said WE.
It was a gorgeous South Carolina sunset. Shem Creek was bustling with activity, the breeze was cool on our skin. And Mother Nature showed her support with a vibrant pink sky.
The first thing I need to say about this event is this: Holy Pink Cocktails, Batman. I have NO idea what was in these things. All I know is that they were pink, fruity, delicious, and went down WAY too easy. Forty-five minutes into the event, I’d already consumed two.
And the liquid courage was just what I needed when I spotted my musical muse standing near the back of the venue, quietly surveying the activity around him.
I grabbed my camera, my husband, and my drink and over we marched to talk to Edwin.
And I’m proud to say, despite the butterflies in my belly, I managed to stay poised and calm. I shook his hand, told him I’d been a fan since 1994. I asked about his wife, who recently had a double mastectomy. I told him of the 3 generations of women in my family who have battled the same disease. And then I told him about Brian, and that we were there to celebrate his big anniversary with Edwin. He was gracious, kind, generous with his time, and totally willing to pose for pictures.
|A little out of focus, but it’s a new camera. So a learning curve is expected.|
|Except for the woman behind us, who offered to take this picture. It took her 6 minutes to figure out how to work the “capture” button. LOL|
The venue was decked out from floor to ceiling. Pink table cloths, pink lighting, gorgeous pink centerpieces–every single detail, large to small, was carried out to perfection.
And believe me when I say, I noticed every. Little. Thing.
The best thing about this event: there was no set plan. Edwin mentioned that he’d just sent out a smattering of emails to friends in the music industry, and it was literally up to the last minute as to who would show. Local talent, friends who helped Edwin get his start, even his best friend from high school–a sax player, all joined Edwin on stage and jammed. It was musical chaos, and it was fantastic.
I nearly hyperventilated when Darius Rucker, of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, came on stage to sing “Solitude,” with Edwin. As in, literally almost passed out from excitement. Darius was the one who gave Edwin his first shot at the big leagues, and they’ve been great friends ever since. All the many times I’ve ever seen Edwin live, I’ve never gotten to see him sing with Darius. Until last night.
I could cry right now just thinking about it. Edwin’s voice is one of those you can feel in your soul. And with Darius…well, it was haunting and heartbreaking, all at the same time.
What it all boils down to is this: we had a terrific time. The food was great, the drinks were great, the ambiance was great, my date was great, and Edwin was great. Suffice it to say that, if he makes it an annual thing, we’ll be there every year, hands down. We got to celebrate Brian’s anniversary in style. And that’s a memory I’ll always treasure.
|One year cancer free. Who gets a cocktail? BRIAN gets a cocktail!!!|