Friends head to Hayeses’ for holiday bash

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The full moon was shining bright over Marie and Lloyd Hayes’ lagoon home when guests arrived for their holiday party. Marie wore her Santa apron and spiral Santa hat when she greeted Carol Heenan, Eric Wakabayashi and Jim and I at the door while Ryan and Evan Jones took our coats and stored boxes and bags of canned goods everyone brought for the Food Cupboard.

Todd Bower, Muriel Dickinson and Jeannette Pepe were sitting on stools at their favorite spot at the corner of the bar overlooking the lagoon. I thanked Todd for the invitation to Rotary’s Snow Ball Jan. 25, but told him Jim and I would miss it this year as we will be on vacation in Punta Cana.

Jeannette and I recalled mutual acquaintances, Ethel Lee, Alan Endicott and Betty Coste, who worked with Jeannette at Chelsea Title on the second floor of the bank building for many years. Becky and Dick Stanislaw stopped by briefly as they were headed to another party in town. The Stanislaws are looking forward to moving into their new home in January. They promised to drive by my home when they left to check out my lights.

Lloyd Hayes was busy in the kitchen tending to the many hams he baked for the party and recruited Teri Lombardi this year in carving them for the buffet. Ashley Carter and Rebecca Smyth circulated among the guests serving hot hors d’oeuvres. Joan Walker helped Marie Hayes set out the buffet on the dining room table. Joan just finished helping members of Eve Circle decorate St. Peter’s sanctuary with poinsettias earlier in the afternoon.

Janie and Scott Halliday are thrilled to be welcoming their eighth grandchild in January and are happy all their children live in Ocean City. I enjoyed getting acquainted with Marjie and Ed Kozakowski, who are friends of the Hallidays, and Linda and Keith Leonard, who became friends when their children were all of the Ocean City High School swim team in the 1990s. Marjie is a retired teacher and Ed a retired physician.

Sarah and Eric McDowell brought their 7-year-old daughter, Brielle, to the party while her older sister was at the Music Pier rehearsing for the Christmas show. After 32 years of organizing the neighborhood Christmas breakfast and hosting her family dinner, Beth Bowman is breaking with tradition as she and husband Charlie will be traveling to daughter Tricia’s new home in Marlboro for Christmas. Her sons, Charlie and Bill, and their families are in the Keys and Myrtle Beach.

Thanks to Beth, who gathered guests together for this columnist to take their picture. My husband enjoyed catching up with Bud Rinck, who is busy selling real estate while his wife, Sandy, is known by my husband as the lady who bakes the best cherry crumb pies. I caught up with Barbara and Jerry Gheen while they enjoyed their dinner in front of the fireplace. Midge Grunstra reports Goldcoast real estate’s new office on 34th Street will be having their grand opening in mid-January.

Joanne Budnick, Mary Ann Nespoli and Sallie Eachus braved the cold and sat out on the deck in front of an open fire and wrapped in blankets to keep warm to enjoy the beautiful night. Al Eachus, just getting over a cold, was smarter and stayed inside where it was cozy and warm. Pat and Roy Gillian flew in from Florida for the holidays the day before the party. While Roy enjoyed catching up with family and friends in Ocean City, he was looking forward to getting back to sunny Florida where it’s nice and warm. I checked out the buffet in the dining room with Rita Fulginiti and Sandy and Al Crescenzo. It was nice to see Lisa and George King at the party. For years, George worked at Kabat Men’s Shop on Asbury Avenue and still looks the same except his black hair is now gray. Rita and John Stauffer wanted to hear about our river cruise on the Danube as they are heading over to Europe on this journey. Judy Kolea left husband Phil home with their grandson and reports she finished baking all her Christmas cookies for family and friends. When I spotted Lloyd Hayes Jr. bringing out the desserts, I immediately headed over to check them out.

Bob Goudie and Bill Duffy showed up without their wives, who were home nursing their colds. Antwan McClellan was festive in a bright red shirt while Scott Ping wore a green shirt and jacket. Speaking of festive, Bob Garrett outdid himself sporting a green corduroy vest and Santa necktie instead of his usual bowtie. I joked with Bob about his smart car I see him driving around town. Bob’s son-in-law, Chris Foust, said Bob gets this baby going 80 mph on highways. I enjoyed chatting with Mary Garrett and daughter Mary Lou about family Christmas plans.

Gail McMurray was glad to take time to relax at the party with husband Bob after a busy day at Ruth’s Hallmark Shop. Joan Andrews’ friends always tell her they saw her picture in my column, so she wasn’t sure she and husband Jim should be in a picture this time around. When Don Pileggi showed up late, he explained he sat down in front of his fireplace at home with his cat and dog sitting on his lap to take a short nap before the party, which ended up being longer than he planned.

When I asked Barb and Bart Russell who they would like their picture taken with, Bart said his cousin, Will Morey, and his wife, Janice, owners of Morey’s Pier in Wildwood. I caught up with Denise and Gary Jessel, Scott Ping, Beverly and Frank McCall and Barbara and Rich Deaney sitting around the counter eating dinner.

Larry Doyle was glad to hear he didn’t have to have his picture taken since I just took his wife Peggy’s picture two night’s before. Carol Heenan wore winter white slacks and a royal blue wool jacket accented with double-breasted gold buttons. Gail Ping gave me the date for theintermediate school play in January. Brian Roberts took time out from his busy holiday schedule at St. Peter’s to stop by the party while wife Sandra stayed home as their children, Alyson and Nathan, just got home from college for the holidays. Lisa and Michael Allegretto were all ready for Christmas with their cards mailed and all their gifts purchased and wrapped. Glad to see John Kemenosh at the party looking trim and fit and enjoying catching up for friends from council. I spotted Keith Hartzell sitting at the counter eating dinner when he arrived late after his radio show.

Beverly Denney wore a red satin blouse and husband Ron stopped to ask this columnist the names of a few guests at the party. I knew it was time to head home when Jim, Carol and Eric came looking for me and our hosts, Marie and Lloyd, were at the door to wish us a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.” John Flood and son Justin pulled up as they just returned home from a family vacation in Hawaii and when Cathy opened the Hayes invitation, John and Justin drove right over.

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan


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