Posted by: bree1972 | February 14, 2010

Ri’vah Valentines 02/15/2010

Valentine’s Day at the ri’vah came on Sunday – just like everywhere else in the world.  So what could we do but celebrate on Saturday night.  Here in our little corner of the world we only have two choices for dinner (if we don’t want to drive at least 30 miles) – Daphne’s or Cordellia’s at the Retreat. 

Ted, or “the coordinator” as we have now dubbed him, began putting together a group dinner at Daphne’s two weeks ago.  At 8 p.m. Saturday night, 12 couples arrived and took over one whole dining room at the restaurant.  I’m sure Sonny, who with wife SueSue owns Daphne’s, put us in a room by ourselves on purpose – he didn’t want any complaints from other customers about the noise we made.

Daphne’s is a beautiful restaurant that has been around since the 60’s.  It was once housed about 200 yards up the highway from where it sits now, but the move did nothing to diminish its excellent food, cozy atmosphere (a fireplace in the largest dining room), and the friendly owners and staff.  The specialty of the house is fried catfish – the restaurant and those catfish have been featured in Southern Living magazine.  Daphne’s fried shrimp comes in a close second to the catfish as my “favorite Daphne dish”.  The shrimp batter is light and crispy – yummy!  Ted nearly always orders a steak and has never been disappointed.  Every meal comes with fresh little biscuits served with homemade jellies and jams – instant dessert!

It took a while for us all to greet each other and get seated. I mean, it had probably been at least 24 hours since we'd all been together!

Another group arrives - with hugs all around.

Renae and Joe - who in April will be adding a brand new baby boy to our group. He won't be spoiled a bit by this group!

Stevie and Dawn

Mr. Charlie and Sue. It would be hard to find a couple on the ri'vah more loved than these two.

Matt and Stephanie, who with their two precious children are about to move out of state. They will be greatly missed.

Great friends, great food, great fun!

Me - with my special Valentine

I wrote the Mackinac Island update before starting this one, and I’m going to ask you to switch over to that one for stories on our “snowstorm” at the ri’vah and our last day on the island for Winter Festival.  It’s full of pictures, so instead of reloading them to this site,  I didn’t think you would mind clicking over for more of what’s been happening since we last chatted.

Click here http://bree1972.wordpress.com to continue reading.  See you tomorrow!

“What would you do differently if you knew Jesus was coming today? . . . Billy Graham

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  1. Looks like the party was lots of fun. Our little group here in Northern IN had it’s party on Friday evening. There are 7 of “the girls” who have been friends since elementary school. Friday 5 us and 2 husbands got together for a fish fry. The fish were all caught on 2 little lakes near Angola, IN by the girls but mostly by the guys. We’ve been through a lot together so it’s fun to have an enjoyable evening. After your snow I’m sure it was a good evening to be with friends. Enjoyed the pictures on the Mackinac Island blog.

  2. What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day to you both. 🙂

  3. missed y’all at the dance!


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