Last November Captain elementary school which is located on the corner across from the seminary's park along Demun, held its annual dinner auction. For the first time the seminary donated an item for auction and the bidding turned out to be, what was described as, 'spirited' with KMOX's Charlie Brennan as the high bidder.
We donated a trip for 4 to the roof of Luther Tower with a dinner on the lowest landing on the way down. The idea originated with our director of grounds, Gayle Zollmann and the principal, Dr. Sean Doherty after they took the long climb up the bell tower in early fall.
Logistically many things had to be worked up in order to pull this off including making sure the food service would be able to manage the plates and courses in a location not normally accessible to this sort of thing. Then we cleaned up the area, brought up a table and chairs and candles and flowers and music. Am I forgetting anything? Lots of up and down with things, but it was fun.
Charlie brought his wife Beth and a friend, Debbie Grebler at 5 last evening. Things began with Dale spending a bit of time relating some seminary history and seminary architecture and then it was up to the top. There are three levels of winding, narrow, stone stairs to climb before getting to the roof. It's all very castle like and normally a surprise to people doing this for the first time.
On the first level we entered the glassed in room where the dinner was to be held, everything ready.
While Bill explained the bells everyone climbed under, over and around them.
The final set of stairs are much more intimidating.
Charlie Brennan, Dr. Doherty and Dale check out the view. This was before the storm dropped into St. Louis last night and the sky was so interesting and the farther out we looked the more hills and ridges of fog we could see. And yes, that is the Christmas star in the middle, resting until next Christmas.
But then it started to drip a bit of rain and we knew we had to go back down.
We could see the clouds and fog rolling in, so gorgeous in its own way.
Then the dinner which was prepared by Kathy and Jackie from our Fresh Ideas food service and carried over from the kitchen to the tower by Gayle and Dr. Doherty who then served each course. I will say that Kathy also came over and up many times during the evening.
By dessert it began to rain so we knew we had to wrap things up.
The women got up, but Charlie stayed with his meal.
Then it was really time to go. Moving fast. heh
We said our goodbyes and began to clean things up. But first Dr. Doherty showed us a piece of hail
Unfortunately most of now have hail damage on our cars.
A great night despite the rain, we were able to visit with very amiable interesting people who were easy to talk to and easy to laugh with. Maybe we'll do this again.