This time of year, I pull my “Christmas jacket” out of the closet. It usually gets a few good dry cleanings in November and December from the friendly folks at Puritan Cleaners. It’s dark red and velvety smooth. It was custom-made when I bought it several years ago from Tom James Company. It was kind of expensive, but thankfully, they provide free tailoring, which helped when I had to “let it out” a little last year. (Yes, I also popped a button which they graciously fixed.)
I used to think I looked pretty good in my jacket because everyone complimented me on it. Some even go so far as to rub the velvet. Nowadays, I think they like the red jacket because I’m slowly turning into Santa; round, gray, jolly, and generous, but no beard yet.
So I unveiled the jacket last night at the Madison+Main Christmas Soiree, and right on cue, half of the attendees rubbed my sleeve. ‘Tis the season…to party. So I hope to wear my famous jacket to lots and lots of holiday parties this month.
Our clients know how to party, and many of them know how to throw a party. Atlas 42 is in the party business and hosts private and corporate events year-round at their amazing event space in Innsbrook.
In Williamsburg, Two Rivers Country Club has a phenomenal waterfront event space. Our client CrossKeys Vineyard hosts lots of events at their beautiful winery in Weyer’s Cave, Virginia (near Harrisonburg). At Fort Monroe Authority, the Commanding General’s Residence provides a historical beautiful venue for events, and you just can’t beat Compass Entertainment Center’s venue in Irvington in the Northern Neck. It’s fun, and there’s always something to do: outdoor rides, an arcade, and they even have a skating rink set up for the winter.
And as you all know by now, I love bourbon. Especially A. Smith Bowman Distillery products. so maybe I’ll just travel up I-95 and sip some Isaac Bowman bourbon in my jolly jacket. It’s just as velvety smooth and the color reminds me of Christmas. (It also makes a great gift if anyone is undecided on what to get yours truly for Christmas. #HintHint)