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slides: Party Report: Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long

Monday, December 29, 2014

 

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Thomas Lauderdale and NPR's Ari Shapiro at the Holiday Sing-A-Long. Photo by Byron Beck.

There are parties. And then there is "The Party." 

"The Party" is hosted by Pink Martini band leader Thomas Lauderdale who—with the help of his friends—puts together his "Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long." 

It has become so legendary many people simply refer to it as "The Party."  As in "are you going to The Party?," and more importantly, "what are you wearing to The Party?"

And yes, it is definitely the party of the year. It always is.

It all happens in downtown Portland, always around this time of year, at the world headquarters for Pink Martini. This is the night Thomas throws open his doors to a magical musical kingdom. And, much like Willy Wonka or Pee-Wee Herman, Thomas gives us a glee-ful peek into the wonderful world that is unlike any other place in Portland or perhaps the world.

See Slideshow Below of Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long

The party always starts a little bit after 8 pm and goes promptly until midnight (but there are always a few who stick around making sure the soiree goes late into the morning). There is always singing. Lots of singing, by folks with last names that sound like music, such as the von Trapps. There is always a three-story, real, live holiday tree  (that had just been cut down in the forest just a few days before) and there is always amazing food (courtesy of Nong’s Khao Man Gai and Salt & Straw). And, there is always Mint's Lucy Brennan holding court over the various cocktail bars featuring a "Pink Martini," a fruity concoction perfect for sipping.  

But, more than anything, there is always good company. 

The party attracts all those who make Portland so Portland. The best of the best. And then there are the guests from the world over, like the executive producer of the Middle East's version of "The Voice" who flew in from Beirut just for the party. Or National Public Radio (and sometimes Pink Martini singer) Ari Shapiro who was trapped in one of the bathrooms during the party when a doorknob broke off in his hand. It's not unusual to see a bike-friendly congressman speaking to an Oregon Symphony violinist who just finished a conversation with a indie film producer who can't wait to talk about his next project, but is sworn to secrecy...okay...maybe he will share a few bits of gossip about it...that is once he gets done checking out all th art on the walls. 

Alongside all the wall-to-wall art, this party is wall-to-wall with conversations by stimulating, provocative and interesting people.

The party also gives so much hope for the new year. 

Maybe that's why it is always the party of the year. Or it could be the singing. 

To see nearly 200 party photos from The Thomas Lauderdale and Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long click here

 

 

Related Slideshow: Party Report: Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long

Party Report: Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long. This is the party that everyone waits all year for! 

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Nancy & Charlie Hales

Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Aisling & Mark

Aisling Coghlan and Mark Weiner at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Lois and Audrey

Writers Lois Leveen and Audrey Van Buskirk at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Marianne and Henk

Writer Marianne Buchwalter and painter Henk Pander at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Julia and Mike

Julia Bartholomew-King and Mike King at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Caitlin and Bob

Caitlin Baggott and Bob Stacey guest at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Party People

Allison Johnson, Caryn Brooks, Kali and Billy Ladd at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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China and Fergus

Singer China Forbes and Fergus Kinnell at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Cody and Jennifer

 Cody Goldberg and Jennifer Yocom at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Pepper and David

Pepper and flmmaker David Cress at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Jason and Juan

Jason Hancock and Juan Martinez at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Party People

Filmmaker Arnold Pander, guest and author Kathrine Dunn at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Lucy Brennan

Lucy Brennan from Mint was in charge of the cocktails at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Emma and Page

Emma Forslund and Page Beukleman at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Pander Bros.

The Pander brothers at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Laura and Iyad

Laura Hardin and Iyad Qasem, the executive producer of "The Voice" in Beirut, Lebanon, at Thomas Lauderdale and Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Randy and Elise

Randy Gragg and Elise Dozono at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Randy and Eva

Randy Gragg and Eva Lake at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Tate Justesen

Tate Justesen at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Party People

Lajos Balogh, Thomas Lauderdale and Rep. Earl Blumenauer at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Thomas and Ari

Thomas Lauderdale and NPR's Ari Shapiro at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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Thomas and Friends

Thomas is joined by some of his friends at the Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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The Party (downstairs)

A view of the first floor at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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The Party (upstairs)

A view of the third floor at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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The Party (the library)

A view of the library at Thomas Lauderdale & Friends Holiday Sing-A-Long in Portland Oregon on Dec. 27. 

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