Below is the "original" Wine on Wednesday invitation. It is interesting to read as we approach the 202nd gathering. We could write a book about our stories, sorrows, joys, retirements and celebrations couldn't we!
Wine on Wednesdays
Begins Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005
7 pm-9 pm
At the Hastings
This is an attempt to make weekdays more fun and get us together during the winter when we generally hibernate.
We will provide several bottles of wine and a few simple snacks. You don't need to bring anything but perhaps you would like to host a "Wine on Wednesdays" in the future. Otherwise we can always come to the Hastings. For anyone who is pregnant (Amy!), your spouse is very lucky as you can be the designate driver.
"répondez, s'il vous plaît"
which means "please reply"
The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him and her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. For hosts who are planning a "Wine on Wednesdays" event, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy.
OK - you are also welcome to "just show-up" without a response because we love you and want you to come!!
MM and JR