Sunday, March 31, 2013

Queen of Hearts Casino Night

Jenny Coyle organized a Queen of Hearts Casino Night in the parking lot next to Maxine's on Shine (337 north shine ave, Orlando, Florida). Jenny organized the event to help raise money for her independent film, "Perfect Love". Terry wore all stripes looking like a zebra on steroids. I thought I would sketch her playing, but she wandered to the far table and I didn't see her again.

Shelly Maxine introduced herself saying I had sketched her many years ago as she folded napkins in another restaurant. She was dressed up as the mad hatter and her wild red hair sprouted out from beneath a cougar skinned fur hat. She and her husband, Kirt, are the best possible proprietors at this amazing restaurant. A musician was performing inside and he had just released a CD. He was performing Beetles cover songs however so I didn't get a taste of what his original music might be like. Jenny wore a bright pink queens dress. She said she felt like a five year old when she saw it.

As Jenny said, "Don't lose your head, it's only a party!  There will be: Blackjack, prizes, drinks, and live entertainment! For just $10 you got your first drink and your first few thousand dollars in funny money for the casino. We're making our money off of the buy in for the casino, and the silent auction items. Naturally this means we are trying to get as many people there as possible.  Costumes aren't required, but I might be inclined to give you some extra cash for the casino if you come out in an Alice in Wonderland themed getup."

After Terry lost all her chips and I finished my sketch, we went into Maxine's for an appetizer. I ordered some Calamari and it was great, being baked rather than fried with a sweet vinegar drizzle on top. I took the waiters advice on a beer although I don't recall the band. Maxine invited me back to sketch the restaurant interior and I will most certainly go back. The place is a real gem.

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