Monday Musings: Return to Gilligan’s Island

Mitch and IvanGood morning. Well, summer is definitely here and this weekend we had the pleasure of spending time with my sister and brother-in-law at their riverside home.  Thanks to the glorious weather, we went out on their pontoon boat and enjoyed the cool breezes off the St. Lawrence River.  Food and company were awesome.

On Saturday night, we joined them at a neighborhood themed costume party. Mitch and I spent the morning scouring dollar stores and Value village for the right accoutrements to match our costumes.

Gilligan's Island originalWho remembers Gilligan’s Island? The show ran in the early sixties, but was popular in syndication for years afterwards.  The characters included the skipper, Gilligan, his first mate,  the millionaire and his wife, Thurston Howell III and Lovey, a movie star, Ginger, a farm girl  Maryann, and the high school teacher known as the professor. Each week, the cast dealt with issues, many of which involved other people washing up on their island or crash landing there. Funny thing was, at the end of the episodes, the newest castaways always managed to escape the island leaving our bumbling group behind. The professor could create all manner of living conveniences from bamboo, but couldn’t build a decent raft.

The theme of the party was Gilligan’s island. People were encouraged to come costumed and bring a “drinking vessel.” Our little group of six decided to go as the skipper, Gilligan, the Howells, Maryann, and a “handsome stranger” washed up on the beach. We had a great time. In the foreground, you can see my wooden bowl and pitcher,and the top of my can of coconut milk–Maryann did look after the food preparation. Gilligan's island party.

Best of thanks to those who hosted the party and to my sister for housing and feeding us all weekend. Another great summer memory.

Do you enjoy role play parties? What’s the most unusual role you’ve ever taken on?

Looking for something to read this summer? Check out my books.




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