As president of the Junior League Ward and I were invited to the North Carolina Inaugural Ball. We dropped the little ones off in Winston and headed to the state capital Raleigh on Thursday. The celebration kicked off with a Council of the State reception - A cocktail party to honor the Lieutenant Gov and the other newly elected officials. While most of the officials were from a different political party than I support it was still a great experience. After the reception we headed to the Rock the Ball party headlined by Dillon Fence - a North Carolina band that was popular in the 90's - at least from what Ward said. For once he was in the know and I was clueless. Well at least sort of - the band was playing when we arrived and Ward was like "see that is Dillon Fence - better in person huh" I was like "huh, when did they start playing, when they were in middle school, that drummer looks 15".... But Ward was in to it so we went with it. But I kept thinking "How young are these guys?" After a few songs the lead singer said "Thanks ladies and gents - we are PICO vs The Tree, Dillon Fence will be out after this song".... Afterwards we saw PICO at the bar with milk and cookies waiting on mom to give them a ride home! Pinky Swear! I do not think Pico was born until the mid 90's.
Friday night was a cocktail party for the first female Governor of North Carolina. Bev Perdue. Followed by the presentation of the full Council and then the Ball. I have to say too that Bev wore a RED dress - you would have thought she would have chosen blue maybe there is a little Republican in her after all.
The highlight for Ward was getting to meet Cherie Berry, our long time Commissioner of Labor. He has always talked about Ms. Berry because her picture hangs in all of the elevators in North Carolina. Well, that and because her name is Cherie Berry.