Thursday, December 29, 2011

christmas celebration for hollinger services inc.

Hollinger Services Inc. wasn't lacking in celebratory humor and holiday cheer, and they pulled out all the stops to make it memorable. 

Ridgeway Brass Quartet offered the evenings entertainment, with a little help from Jeff Eisenbise.  They played while guests arrived, mingled, and enjoyed appetizers.

Appetizers included a sparkling cranberry punch with citrus slices, wedges of brie, Havarti and smoked cheddar, and dried kiwi and cranberries.

The second course, salad and bread, offered a baby spinach and mushroom salad with pistachios and dried cherries, Caesar salad with freshly grated Parmesan, and homemade 14 grain bread fresh from the oven.  Jeff provided three delicious jams from his summer harvest - strawberry, peach and raspberry.

Kitchen, chef and wait staff included my husband David, Jake Shirk, me, daughter Layne, and Sarah Brill.  Food prep for 30 took a solid two days with the help of my mother in law, Vada, and good friend Maggie.  Jake, Layne and Sarah logged over 5 hours that night with clean up, and David and I were finished and out of the kitchen by 11.  The biggest trick was figuring out the logistics of the whole thing ahead of time!

We rented tables, chairs and tablecloths from Harrisburg Rent-all off the Toll House Road exit on route 230.  Having used them numerous times, I'm always impressed by their selection of party furniture, flatware and glassware, serving supplies, and cheerful customer service.  

The main course, served buffet style, included mini zucchini salmon cakes, slow-roasted tandoori pork with mango chutney, roasted potatoes with caramelized onions, rice pilaf with apricots and mushrooms, and stir fried green beans and red bell peppers.  Doing these in the wok at the last minute with just olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper worked perfectly - no soggy veggies!

The dessert table featured mini non-fat cheesecake tarts with cherry pie filling, gingersnaps (by request!) and double chocolate brownies drizzled in fudge.

The evening ended with a holiday sing-a-long with the brass quartet, and a few simple, well-chosen words offered by Kathy Haldeman for my parents on behalf the the staff.  Mom, it turns out, is finally retiring - or at least will begin to try in earnest.  

Hollinger Services will continue under the capable hands of John Snowden, and for now at least, Mom and Dad still have a small office space in which to continue giving their time and talent to their favorite non-profits and causes.  Congratulations!

Friday, December 16, 2011

gallery renovations, phases I and II complete

With dinner parties scheduled starting the 17th of December, we all worked like crazy to finish painting, cleaning, and installing artwork.  Hard to believe we only got started the beginning of November!

For a tour of the space, visit our website - we'd love your comments!  Still to come, Phase III...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

first event after renovation - booksigning for Gale Martin

Gale Martin's booksigning for "Don Juan in Hankey, PA" was our first event in Lynden Gallery's renovated space, and we all worked like crazy to meet the deadline.  Artwork on the walls, hangers in the new closet, rugs on the floor, and everything scrubbed and dusted free of dust.  

Still a bit of painting and shelving construction to do beyond the back wall, but it's coming together better than I could have imagined.  I think I'll sleep well tonight, having been painting the last window until 5 minutes before the event.  Don't look too close - it isn't quite done...

For more pics, see my facebook post.  Next up - two office parties, one on the 16th and one on the 19th.  We'll be ready!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

prepping and painting

Feels like we've been prepping and painting forever, but it's really only been 2 weeks in earnest, I think.  David spent a lot of time leveling the concrete floor, filling holes, removing funky existing wires or pipes wherever he could.  

The wall where the frame corners used to be?  A nice smooth plaster base, after several days of layering and sanding, is ready to paint.

And Laura, our gallery intern with a great eye for color, did a fabulous job of matching the mottled, ragged walls of the past.  You'd be hard pressed to find where the old stopped and the new started!

At the back of the gallery you catch a glimpse of my new studio...

with eggplant walls and white trim and soffit.  David admitted to giving me a hard time about the color, but followed by saying, "I know by now I should just trust you with such things, it looks great!"  Now I'm eager to get the dust and dirt cleaned up and settle in, but there is still a wall of shelving to build.

Monday morning the Sollenberger Painting crew, led by Kurt, started priming and rolling the floor.  

Wednesday morning, I came down the the sun shining in across our newly painted floors, and the carpets were delivered last night.  We've been working ever since to clean up, finish the detailing, and started laying carpets this morning.  The day was busy with Christmas framing customers, so updated photos will have to wait.  More to come!