The jazz aficionado’s jazz band and veterans of genré, the Apex Jazz Band,were welcomed back by Greenisland Golf Club for another Sunday lunch engagement on Feb 12.
This is getting to be a habit and a fine excuse to forget cooking and washing up and enjoy David Alexander’s buffet and a bottle of vino collapso with all the old favourites playing in the background. The band was pretty good as well!
It is amazing how quickly 3 or 4 hours passes when in good company.
My thanks to David Graham for many of the photographs
It is hard to believe it is the middle of June and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland‘s series of Jazz Train Mystery Tours is already in full swing with the inimitable Apex Jazz Band providing the entertainment as usual. Having been well organised by David Graham we arrived at Greenisland station to entrain and join up with the rest of the party who, having joined the train at Carrickfergus, had already laid out their suppers and opened the obligatory bottles of wine. Needless to say our party was not long in following suit.
The great thing about these “picnics” is that one gets to share all round so we were pleased to pass on spicy chicken legs and receive home made Scottish pasties, the name of which escapes me due to the combination of wine and Claude Hepburn’s amazing version of a hot toddy!
On the move
Brenda, as has become a tradition, passed round her collection of refilled miniature. Dire consequences await those who do not return the bottles!
Of course the mystery bit only lasts a fairly short time as there are a limited number of possible destinations and once one is on the move the series of passing stations is a pretty good indication of where one will end up. Not that it really matters as one platform is very much the same as another as acting as a dance floor is concerned. This time our first stop was Ballymena.
There are those on these outings who have to be admired for the effort they put in to playing the part and their enthusiasm is to be envied.
On this train there were also a group who had belonged to a old time dance class which had unfortunately closed down and they were desperate to practice their skills at any opportunity!
From Ballymena we were transported to Antrim Station where the band once again performed to perfection and Josephine and I were amongst those spent the majority of the time swinging to the music. There were those who were more interested in getting things on camera for posterity!
All in all it exceeded expectations and has been decreed as the best of our outings with the RPSI to date. No doubt we will be signing up next year!
Friday evening, 25 June, saw our intrepid group congregate at Greeenisland Station to join the local Probus on their annual excursion on the Jazz train un by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.Of course on a trip of this nature hampers of food and wine are de rigueur, although there is a full bar and burger menu available. We had settled on char grilled asparagus wrappped in Parma ham, King Prawns in their shells with hollandaise sauce and optional dried chilli, seafood cocktail with Marie rose sauce and wheaten bread. Unfortunately there was no room to paack the strawberries and cream! We had a sparkling chardonnay/sauvignon blanc + a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir as back up. Brenda thoughtfully provided spiritual help by the way of minatures of Whisky and Cognac (plus a hip flask).
What more can one say. The train chuffed along and stopped at the various stations where the Apex Jazz band played with their usual enthusiasm and we danced the evening away.
Due to some hitch, like losing the engine, were were delayed at Carrickfergus station for a while but the band played on and we finally arrived back at Greenisland.
A great evening which we will, hopefully, repeat next year.
Another excellent lunch with the Apex Jazz Band as the main attraction, no detraction from the Lady Captain, Rosie Wilson, intended.
This is now a twice yearly event and is one of the most popular on the club’s social programme. David Alexander’s buffet left nothing to complain about. Starter, vegetable soup, followed by a carvery of beef, ham (absolute perfection), turkey and stuffing; with vegetables, roast and mashed potatoes and the usual accompaniments. For those who could manage it this was followed by David’s unsurpassable apple crumble (with custard), berry pavlova,chocolate gateau and something else that I cannot recall. The only complaint I heard was that the beef was a bit gristly. Mine was OK, but one cannot expect to feed over a hundred golf club members and guests and escape without a grouse or two!
We called it an afternoon at about 4.45, the band having played their final number around four, but there were still plenty of people left enjoying the company.
Altogether another success for John Greer and the entertainment committee.