I'd been hearing that Victor James' fourth Saturday milonga at the Coyote Point Yacht Club in San Mateo was very nice, so I decided to check it out on June 26th. As it happened, Linda Ayre had also invited me to wear one of her delicious creations in a fashion show she coordinated for the evening. .
On an especially beautiful summer evening, Carlos and I drove in the light of a full moon to San Mateo; it was a quick, pleasant and easy drive as we listened to a Tango CD, talked about our weekend and made plans. The club was not difficult to locate, and we found it to be a quaint and charming establishment as we went upstairs to the dance floor flanked by a bar and an outdoor balcony over the water. Emilio Flores was playing some hot music, and we proceeded to get to business by ordering a couple of tequilas. There was a healthy crowd on the very nice dance floor, but still room to be comfortable.
Next, I checked in with Linda and the other models in the ladies' room, where all was a whirlwind of activity and preparation for the 10:30 show. Til then, I decided to relax and enjoy my cocktail and some dances. That done and now "in the mood", it was time for me to change into my gorgeous outfit comprised of a three-piece, Eastern Indian influenced, brick colored, short silk skirt with gold design at the hem, intricately gold brocaded halter top and gold gauze vest. As if that weren't enough, a luscious, raspberry colored, 3/4 length shawl- collared, dolman-sleeved coat completed the ensemble. The coat is hand-constructed of rich silks, velvets and old brocade. Mmmm...mmmm - good! I was only missing a panther on a leash!!
Linda's handwork and styling on these, and all her other, designs is exquisite and made to stay in a collection for a lifetime. After Carlos walked me out onto the floor, I fashioned the creation, then we had the fun and pleasure of doing a short ritmo tango to Hugo Diaz' El Lloron. There were several other models, as well, all wearing beautiful, black dresses of varying lengths and accents (slits, fringes, laces and chiffons; long and short; off and on the shoulder), all made to order for tangueras on parade! Some were accompanied by an escort and executed dance skits for an appreciative audience who gave us and Linda wonderful feedback. And, fortunately, the show was filmed for posterity. We all had a ball doing the show for Linda; she is a delight to work with as she has vast experience in fashion and doing shows, and remained calm and sweet throughout the evening. What a pro!
The rest of the evening was given up to the abandon of dancing tango and enjoying the camaraderie in a lovely setting. We'll definitely return to the Coyote Point Yacht Club milonga!
Watch for Elaine's next Dear Diary entry in the coming weeks....ISM