(Community Matters) Attended Keija Parssinen’s & Michael Robertson’s wedding last night with Michael Mitchell at the Robin’s Nest on Lake Travis. Beautiful setting, ceremony, food & pies!
Michael’s become a dear friend as well as our garage apartment tenant. Has lived with us since starting law school three years ago, just after a PhD in literature from Chicago (check out the cool ink, a Blake poem). Keija is a Princeton undergrad who grew up mostly in Saudi Arabia and who is now in the University of Iowa graduate creative writing program. They seem made for each other. A terrific evening.
Afterwards, we headed over to Kirk Rice’s. Kirk hosted a dinner for Charlotte Hale, celebrating her 20 years as the executive director of Project Transitions.
I’m not really sure why the picture on the left pops up when you Google Charlotte Hale for images, but it must mean something
Charlotte has been there from the very beginning and has helped build not only her organization (hospice & respite care, assisted living and affordable housing, mostly for people with AIDS and HIV) but she’s also helped build the full continuum of care people with HIV & AIDS enjoy in Austin.
Those at Kirk’s celebrating Charlotte included Greg Barbutti & Mike, Jim Arth, Lew Aldridge, Robin Summers, Kathy Negrel, Sandra Martinez, Chris Long, Lee Manford & Casey Blass, Bill Dickson, Jim Campbell, Jay Billig, Bud Twilley, Martha Igelhart and lots of others. What a delight to also run into my dear friend & everyone’s favorite private cook, Chef Andrew of Spirited Food Co.