We arrived in Orlando on Thursday around noon and checked into the Boardwalk Resort where we'd be staying for 4 nights. We literally got into the room and changed into swimsuits and made a beeline for the pool. It was a gorgeous day for it and since we had a few hours before having to head out to the artist's banquet and then 3 straight days of painting from 11 - 7, we intended to make the best of it.
Everything was fabulous. The room, the pool, the boardwalk itself, were all just awesome. We had an amazing gourmet buffet set out for us in the Living Seas where we dined and socialized while enjoying a huge, built in aquarium with giant sea turtles, stingrays and groupers. Great embiance! The artists also received a beautiful commerative trophy.
After, dinner and drinks it was back to the hotel to get some sleep in our amazing room. Ray had to be in the park (Canada) and set up by 11. It was extremely warm and humid so I am glad I brought a wide brimmed hat with me and sunscreen. Definitely need sunscreen in Florida!
So for 3 days it was painting for Ray, and socializing with new friends and people from all around the world for me. Just a great time for us.
We went to different restaurants on the boardwalk at night for dinner. In fact, while waiting for a table at the Italian restaurant in a crowded lobby, in walked Peter Noone. If you're old like me, you will remember him best from the group Herman's Hermits. He was my first boy band crush in the 60's and I had the albums jackets tacked onto my bedroom door. I had seen him in concert back in the 90's at the Big E fair in Massachusetts. He is still as adorable as ever and has aged quite well.
I pointed him out to Ray by saying "Hey, look who just walked in. It's Peter Noone". Ray, the very outgoing man from Queens NYC got up and went up to him calling his name. I didn't even pay attention. Next thing I know, I hear Ray calling me "Barbara" and when I looked up, there he stood with Peter at his side. Ray took 2 pictures (which are not flattering) and Peter and I chatted for a few seconds. He was with his family so was in a rush. He was performing in Epcot that weekend. So I got to meet Peter Noone! Yay! Such a nice guy too.
I'll share some pictures here for you from the weekend. Hope you enjoy them. We had a blast!
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Until next time........BB