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In the Company of Wolves Part II

After the performance and more photos, we moved to the magnificent Carousel Pavilion which looked so lovely lit up in antique lights. Chef Jeramie Campana of Wild Asparagus and his team treated us to a delicious meal.

(Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Peter Sagal was the perfect toastmaster, fabricating quirky biographical anecdotes for each speaker as he introduced them.

Peter Sagal (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Each of the Special Guests who took to the podium offered his or her own perspective on Gene and his work, beginning with Gene’s daughter, Teri Goulding, who talked about how proud her mother, Rosemary, would have been.

Therese Goulding (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Rosemary was not well enough to attend, and her absence was felt by all who loved Gene. In my own small way I had had tried to include her by attaching a few small sprigs of rosemary to Gene’s boutonniere.

Luis Urrea (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)
Dr. Elizabeth A. Hull (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)
Jody Lynn Nye (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Following the speeches, dinner, dessert, and cordials, Greg Leifel, the Foundation Director at Sanfilippo announced that guests could ride the antique carousel. The crowd cheered, loudly, then ran to stand in line. What followed is best expressed in a few photos:

Michael Dirda (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)
Terra Mysterium (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)
Jill Thompson, Neil Gaiman, and Kyle Cassidy (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Joy. Wonder. You can see it reflected on their faces in photos and in this video by Bill Shunn:

That carousel evoked such a joyful response. I could think of no better way to end an evening that honored a man whose stories delight so many people. To see his face lit up, to see him so happy—it was the perfect way to close the night.

 Gene Wolfe and Rebecca Bushong-Taylor (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Maura Henn, and Kyle and Trillian, were staying with us, and some of the guests met us back at our home. Joined by Peter Straub, Gary K. Wolfe and Stacie Hanes, Jennifer Stevenson, and others, we had cocktails, wine, and cheese, and sat around the living room relaxing in various stages of exhaustion and inspiration.

Then it was over.

When the house was quiet, Kyle, Maura, and Mark chatted while I fell asleep on the couch. In the morning it was like a fantastic dream.

Our backyard at Casa del Lobos, the morning after (Photo by Trillian Stars)

I’ve been anxious to see the photos from the evening. Slowly they have begun to appear online.

(Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)
 Maura Henn, Maria Dahvana Headley, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Trillian Stars (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

The photos help to make it more concrete, just as writing this blog entry helps to tether it to reality. Writing about it keeps An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe from drifting off into that nebulous realm of dreams and memories.

In life, we are lucky to meet people who inspire us. Sometimes we encounter them through their work—stories and images that strike a chord. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have them for friends. This weekend was filled with both.

Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Gene Wolfe, Walter Dudycz (Photo by 8 Eyes Photography)

Thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen.


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Mar. 21st, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear friend, for putting all this, words, images, memories, together for us. I read it aloud to Kyle and relived the beauty of this past weekend and the glorious event you created. As Kyle has said, you are the place where all good things happen.

Love to you. xxx
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