“Come fly with me,” the invitation said. And, as if by magic, we were transported back to 1958 to the “Pan Am First Class Supper Club.” In 1958, you see, supper clubs were all the rage, and Pan Am offered the first 707 Jet Clipper service to Europe. You know, back when flying was fun.
The hosts of this Summer Supper really did it up. Ellen Bebb made the stewardesses’ hats (that was before they were called flight attendants); others got authentic garb or reproductions off the Internet. And host Peter Acly had to cut short a lunch with me earlier in the week to go home and finish putting together some model airplanes that would be part of the decor. What a hoot.
Here’s the house. Oops, I mean supper club.
The welcoming party, from left, Natalie Robinson, Marshall Stair, Dick Goldstine and Joyce Tapscott.
We were given boarding passes and asked to put them on the tables to mark where we wanted to sit. Cute.
Here’s a real Pan Am uniform from back in the day. Joyce Tapscott’s cousin flew internationally for Pan Am.
One of the hosts, Ellen Robinson, right, with her sister, Nora Robinson, who was a guest.
Here’s one of those model airplanes Peter put together.
The signature drink? Tom Collins, of course. (My grandparents and their friends used to drink those!)
Hosts Barbara Apking and Councilman George Wallace.
Someone had a water landing!
Host Lorraine Burns was serving classic shrimp cocktails.
Asparagus rollups. Very popular in the day – and I still love them!
Stephanie was instructing Bill Tapp on how to pass them.
Guest Mark Hill was dressed appropriately.
Loved the place settings.
Cigarettes (candy ones) were on every table, of course.
It was a convivial bunch on the patio.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, wedge salads were being prepped.
I love aspic!
Ellen Bebb was hard at work on them.
Peter Acly and Stephen Apking were staffing the bar.
Here are guests Geoff Matthew and Chuckie Kirby.
Paul Berney and Deborah Franklin were styling from the correct era.
When we sat down, some professional dancers — Stephanie Braeuner and Jacob Rivera — put on a floor show.
Sandi Swilley and Allen Tillman.
Jim and Cathy Zarchin.
“Love Me Tenderloin” was the centerpiece of the entree. Ha.
Steve Drevik and Lee Ann Rogers.
Host Jeannie Dulaney serving Dawn Ford dessert.
Which was awesome chocolate meringue pie.
By then, the sun was setting, which was lovely.
Beth Antil and Kirk Finnerty.
Jane and Rich Ray.
From left, Deborah Emory, Robin Smith and Charlene Edwards.
Hosts Ann and Dick Goldstine.
Here are the four Knoxville City Councilmen who were among the hosts. From left, Finbarr Saunders, George Wallace, Duane Grieve and Marshall Stair. It was a great public service, guys!
Inside the house, these two — Alan Carmichael on the left and Richard Ford — looked like they had survived a rough flight.
Ellen Robinson and Peter Acly. (Get a room!)
Here’s the list of hosts, all of whom did an excellent job: Barbara and Steve Apking; Ellen Bebb and Finbarr Saunders; Lorraine and Mark Burns; Jeannie Dulaney; Ann and Dick Goldstine; Marianne Greene; Marsha and Duane Grieve; Ellen Robinson and Peter Acly; Natalie Robinson and Marshall Stair; Jeanne and Bill Tapp; Joyce and Jack Tapscott; and Stephanie and George Wallace.
“Be sure and check the overhead compartments for your belongings!” advised George as we left. Ha.
If you are interested in attending an upcoming Summer Supper, there are tickets remaining to three of them. Click here.