gatherings

70th perfection

2 Oct 2014

there is a thing that i discovered when i lived in sweden that is quite common – and fun. and it seemed like the perfect time to include it in my/our american life.

you see, sometimes, when friends or family members have a birthday, they choose to celebrate together. they add their ages together and then say that they are having a 50 years party (two 25 year olds), for example. well, lina and i have celebrated some pretty big birthdays this year – 30 and 40. so, there was nothing else to do but celebrate our 70th together!!

and last friday, we did just that. we invited friends (who also invited some friends) and decided to hang out at one of my favorite places in asheville, the bywayer. it’s a bar that sits on the banks of the french broad river. a place for kayakers or tubers or rafters to pull out and grab a beer and grill some food.

of course, you can drive to this place as well. but, it’s hidden behind a tall wooden fence, looking like not much of anything from the street-side. seeing as this is a bar, it doesn’t sell food, but it does provide a big backyard, grills, picnic tables, lots of drinks, train tracks, and coziness. plus, as i said before, it’s by the river.

it’s a super relaxed place to be – and i mean just be. yourself. as yourself. a place of realness and a sense of acceptance and freedom.

so, we gathered there last friday with about 15 or so friends. we talked, drank, laughed, snacked, and had a delicious cake provided by my brother.

it was the absolutly perfect 70 years celebration. absolutely perfect.

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peace + love

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  • Reply Joey Cochran 2 Oct 2014 at 11:50

    Hi, it’s me, your blog subscriber from Canton. Nice pics. In one of your blogs a couple weeks back you said that you didn’t actually know most of your subscribers and that you would like to meet them eventually. Well, the acoustic duo that I play in will be jamming at Nacho’s & Beer tonight from 6-9. It’s a great Mexican restaurant (in my opinion). My wife, step daughter and her family, and a few other friends will also be there. If your interested in coming it is located just off exit 53 (about 1 mile) going toward Fairview across the street from Ingles. Besides, I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog and I may want some advice. Just a thought if your free tonight and looking for something to do…..Joey

    • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 3 Oct 2014 at 10:25

      Hi Joey! So sorry that we missed your gig last night. That sounds like it would have been super fun – and I really love Mexican food. Like really. . So, please make sure to let me know when and where you might be playing again soon. I’d love to to come out and meet you. And, of course, I’m always up for a little blogging chit chat. Hope to see you soon!!

  • Reply Holly 2 Oct 2014 at 12:03

    Gorgeous pictures and what a great double celebration!!!
    The location sounds fab also 🙂

    • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 3 Oct 2014 at 10:26

      I would love to take you and your girl there! It’d be such a great place to hang out together. Hope you’ve adjusted back to real life after your holiday! xoxo

  • Reply Brian 2 Oct 2014 at 14:04

    Your brother is the cake king, as far as I’m concerned. Oh, and I’m coming his way for Easter. He knows what to do!

  • Reply ilovekat 2 Oct 2014 at 14:06

    Your brother is the Cake King, as far as I am concerned. AND… let him know Kat and I will be around to find our Easter Baskets at his place next spring. Just sayin’!

    • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 3 Oct 2014 at 10:27

      I don’t know what this Easter Basket thing is all about, but I will be sure to let him know! And, he definitely wins the prize for the best cake ever! Thanks, again, for making the trip down. It was so great to have you and Katherine be a part of the evening!

  • Reply Sarah shanahan 3 Oct 2014 at 05:08

    Gorgeous photos xxx

  • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 3 Oct 2014 at 10:30

    Thank you, Sarah. xoxo

  • Reply gallivance.net 3 Oct 2014 at 13:09

    I remember that place! Happy 70th Liz and Lina – here’s to the next 70. 🙂 ~Terri

  • Reply OKTOBERFEST, BABY! | 13 Oct 2014 at 11:31

    […] said: “this is by water weather”. the bywater is my favorite outdoor watering hole (it’s where we held out 70th birthday party a few weeks ago). lina and i looked at each other, pondered what to do for a minute, then i texted my brother: […]

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