As mentioned last week, our friend Meghan has left the country for a yearlong adventure. She’s taking part in a program called “Remote Year”, which allows people who have the ability to work from anywhere to travel to cities all over the world, staying in each one for a month. No doubt, it’s a really exciting opportunity for her, but I can’t lie — from a selfish perspective, not having her here for a whole year will be hard!
We’ve already heard from her, though, and so far, so good.
The Thursday before she left, we and a bunch of her friends sent her off with a party at a new bar on College Street West. Mrs Robinson opened last December and, based on the line-up outside and the crowd inside, it’s off to a great start. With good reason, as it’s a really fun place, with great 70s decor and tableware, creative drinks and appetizers and a talented live band.
I have to give a special shout-out to the lady who served us — she was pleasant and calm, given our large group, with people coming a going all evening long. She remembered what everyone was drinking and had no problem with our separate bills.
The “Mrs Robinson” it is named after is Sylvia Robinson, the American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive, who was best known for her work as founder/CEO of the hip hop label Sugar Hill Records in the 1970s. The bar is set up to look as though she was the one who decorated it almost 50 years ago. My vintage-loving self was in awe of the way everything looked, from the assortment of hanging lamps, to the wallpaper and beaded curtains.
When I got home from the party I noted that the photos I took were very dark, given that they were mostly lit by candlelight. So, I made the best of a less-than-perfect set of pictures, by adding some light with Photoshop. As happens whenever you do this, the shots then looked grainy, so I emphasized that look with a filter, ending up with photographs that almost look like they could have been taken with a film camera back in the 70s.
Thank you for taking a look. I hope your week is off to a good start.