Gaithersburg, Friday, August 30th and Saturday August 31
Well, we are back blogging. The two days prior to the wedding were occupied with wedding prep tasks and socializing. The wedding hotel was the Courtyard Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. It was an excellent selection for us.
The Courtyard is only 15 minutes from the wedding site, Smokey Glen Farm. We drove out there to double-check timing, route directions (simple and clear), road construction (none), etc. The Farm is able to host 5 or more parties at a time in separated areas.
The hotel is located in a development called Washingtonian Center. It is a pedestrian friendly area and busy day and night. Within walking distance are 10 or more restaurants, Starbucks, Target, Kohls, movie theater complex, numerous shops, a playground for kids, and a manmade lake with a .8 mile trail around it. The group of people staying here took advantage of everything except possibly the movie theaters.
Friday we took two cars (our Saturn and the Sarahs’ rental car) to BWI airport to pick up Ligia, Lauren, Daniel and Moses Leismer (Lauren’s son). BWI is an easy drive, particularly with the new cross county connector that was built that goes from Gaithersburg to I-95. It is a toll road that only takes EZ Pass but the I-Pass (from Illinois) that we had added to the Saturn last spring allowed us to use it.
The group of us and Deb and Rebecca (who had driven in that day) went to Macaroni Grill for dinner and socializing. The meal started out on a sour note as we were seated late for our reservation and the lack of a waiter. However, we eventually got Jimmie and he took good care of us. Once we had a few appetizers and some beverages and Jimmie’s attentiveness, we were all in a great mood.
Saturday Chris and I picked up Kathy at BWI in the early afternoon and made a return trip to pick up Bernie around 7 pm. Jude arrived in DC Friday and spent the night with a friend. On Saturday, she was dropped off around 4 pm by a different long time friend and mentor and the two of them joined a group of us for ice cream.
Late Saturday we used the outdoor, second floor terrace of the Courtyard for an informal wine and cheese get-together for all of the wedding people who were staying in the hotel. So despite everyone having some minor,pre-wedding tasks, we were able to spend a fair amount of time enjoying each other’s company.