Candice, Claire, Andrew and I gathered this weekend in Philadelphia to celebrate the wedding of Julia Pentz and Barry Katz. It was a special time for us all.
Gathering with friends from our fifteen years when we lived in the Shenandoah Valley community of Staunton, Virginia (and with their children – who now live around the world) was a special treat. Candice and I remember when Julia was born. Over the years we have seen Julia and her parents at least once a year and we are delighted that she has found such a wonderful life partner in Barry. The setting at the Curtis Arboretum was beautiful, the new friends we made were delightful (good people attract good people), and the threat of summer thunderstorms never materialized.
We also had a great time getting acquainted with parts of the city. As I posted earlier, Candice and I arrived first and explored some of the Philadelphia food scene at Amada on Friday evening. By Saturday morning Claire had joined us as we wandered through the multitude of offerings at the Reading Terminal Market. Candice and I decided to take the “when in Rome” approach for lunch, and had a Philly Cheese Steak. Well, it was good going down…
Andrew showed up soon afterwards and we explored a bit more of the center city before getting ready for the early evening wedding.
Julia’s parents – Lundy and Ellen Pentz – are Andrew’s godparents, so we used the occasion to take a picture of Andrew and all three of his godparents since John Lane (Andrew’s other godfather) was also celebrating with Julia and Barry last evening. The only other photo we have of the four of them together is from Andrew’s baptism, when he was a mere five months old!
Sunday brought a wonderful brunch, hosted by Barry’s parents, where we had the chance to spend more time with these terrific friends before we all scattered to the winds. Then – taking advantage of being in Philadelphia – we had a Dim Sum lunch in nearby Chinatown with poet – and dear friend – Neal Hall from our time at the American Academy in Rome. It was a delightful close to a beautiful weekend.
Thank you Julia, Barry, Ellen, and Lundy for including us in this special time in your lives. We love you all.
More to come…