Why a blog about an engagement party you ask? This one was all about the venue. In 10 years, I’ve worked at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill once, inside one of the clubhouse function rooms. This place is so old and well known, it can simply go by the name “The Country Club” and people know what you’re talking about. It’s one of the oldest in the country, 1882 to be exact! But one of our DJs, Brian Delac, had been at the Club a couple weeks before me and worked in something called “The Pond House” on the same property. He said it was on the water and to “wear extra socks”. Haha! I love the new experiences. It’s rare I get to check out new venues nowadays and this one sounded interesting. Wayyyyyy at the back of the golf course, far from the main club itself, is a pond, shielded by what looked in the dark like a log cabin. There was some smoke coming from the chimney. It was very picturesque. I actually couldn’t believe an event was going to take place there. I had to drive down there it was so far! After unloading I was shuttled back up to park my car and then shuttled back down. I couldn’t imagine how long this structure had been there but they had a “skate house” where you could hang your belongings and change into your ice skates to go out onto the pond!! How cool is that! The pond wasn’t frozen that night but had it been, the guests would have had that to look forward to as well. Interesting tidbit of information I learned from the man throwing the party – NBC TV broadcasted the Ryder Cup golf tournament there years ago and told them they’d like to film the broadcasters in front of the pond and they’d have to knock down The Pond House. They said after it was rebuilt, to send them the bill and they’d pay for it. That’s CRAZY money. It didn’t end up happening but was a neat story.
The happy couple who’d just been engaged danced the night away under twinkling Christmas lights, beside a roaring fire. It was gorgeous and I was really grateful that the bride’s mom, Donna, had called and asked us to provide the entertainment. There’s so many little corners of the city, right outside our back door, that hold massive amounts of history. I wandered around the deck in front of the pond, checking out the moon and enjoying the sounds of silence after the guests had left. What a spectacular event. Thanks to J.J. at The Country Club and to my new friend Donna for having me!