Ninety Years Young!

What a great party Ed and I enjoyed last night!  A birthday party for a very special lady . . . Vintage 1923!

Remember the sweet lady my students and I interviewed for a writing project a few weeks ago – Mrs. Arjorie Moniodis Ingraham?  You can read about that HERE . . .

Well, we were honored to be invited to celebrate her ninety years of life, love, and laughter and the blessing she has been to so many people as the matriarch of a very large Greek/Italian family.  AND – It was a dressy affair – so I couldn’t wait to wear some of my pretties!  So often everything is soooo casual these days.  Not this shin-dig!

The room was appointed in elegance – with plenty of PINKS to find . . .

I especially loved the PINK champagne – which was delicious and the perfect beverage to toast our guest of honor who has brought so much “pinkness” into people’s lives through the years.

And vintage Arjorie looked terrific in this early 1960’s era pink frock, pictured here with her husband, Horace . . .

Her daughter, Diane, created a series of matching scrapbooks detailing her mother’s life so lovingly.  She had been in the midst of working on them when I’d visited with her for the interview in May.

So much thought went into all the sweet details of the party.  The room decor and themed colors and table favors and program were a feast for the eyes upon arrival.

A party program included a synopsis of Arjorie’s life – a woman of deep faith who worked hard, endured tragedy, responded in love, and never wavered in her unbridled zest for life with bubbling gratitude what ‘ere came her way.

The gift table overflowed with tokens of blessings for the part this sweet lady has played in peoples lives.

Her large family kicked off the dancing with some fun Greek folk dances – and Arjorie was right in the middle of it!  Then, sumptuous foods and chatter with friends – old and new – made for a good time had by all.  I was thrilled to share our table with an old classmate I hadn’t seen since high school graduation – but – oddly enough, have been friends with on Facebook for some time.  Pam was a year ahead of me – but we went all through grade school and high school together.

So interesting how we all came to know Arjorie for many different reasons.  For my part, Arjorie and I have become friends over a shared interest in our hometown history.  Arjorie is an avid collector of Vineland history – recently working with the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society on a soon to be published book featuring a host of the Vineland postcards she has in her collection – over a thousand of them!

A highlight of the evening was the appearance of our city’s mayor, Ruben Bermudez, who presented Arjorie with a special proclamation in honor of the event.  Arjorie’s niece, Angela Calakas, is currently serving on our City Council, and was given the honor to read the proclamation.

Every detail of the evening was a delight.  We were so blessed to be a part of this special evening in honor of a special lady.  And . . . I’m looking forward to having tea very soon with Arjorie – presenting her with a little something that I’m working on as the fruit of our interview project . . .

But, SHHHHH!   It’s a secret . . . stay tuned . . .

Sharing Ninety Years Young with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. How fun to celebrate your friend’s 90th birthday, and have a reason to get dressed up a bit. That scrapbook is pretty, and I will see what that surprise is you are creating. Greek dancing, OPA as they say.

  2. What a lovely idea. I am sure she was wonderfully blessed. We don’t honor our elder population enough.

    God bless.

  3. Hello, Miss Katherine. Ninety years-wow! I bet she really enjoyed herself and it must have been a treat to dress up and spend some time with other people connected to her. As a GScout leader I had the opportunity to interact, visit and interview seniors with the girls in my troop and I think I had even more fun than they did. Looks like you have a lovely project up your sleeve- I spy scrapbook goodies. Have a lovely weekend <3

  4. What a lovely tribute. I’m so glad you shared. Happy Pink Saturday! Angels to you!

  5. Arent those scrapbooks just the most beautiful thing! I do love scrapbooks that people have taken time and trouble on.

  6. Hi Miss Kathy, Smiling here, loving and enjoying your lovely post about a special lady. What an awesome celebration. A big tribute to a deserving woman and so active at the age of 90. I can see the event was fabulous. I love pink champagne. I loved all the photos of the tables and the special people you shared. You look beautiful all dressed up for the party. I agree, dressing up is fun. How nice to enjoy a long friendship as well.

    This is a wonderful pink Sat. Party to share.
    Wishing you a happy pink Sat. and Father’s Day weekend.

    PS: Thanks for the info about the banners. I will be busy this week making them. I have never made one so it will be a challenge. I’m headed for our local Mom and Pop craft store. They have everything there.

  7. It’s been such a long while since I’ve been to visit. I just came across your card on my desk (pile of paper) this evening… the one you sent when you sent the Geo MacDonald and and the Phantases books (oi, I just lost his name).

    I haven’t been blogging much of late, but I hope to get back into it.

    It looks like you’ve been having lots of fun… I’ve done a little catching up reading a few back posts of yours.

    Do pop over and say hi… I’ve got a book giveaway. As a Victoria magazine fan, you might enjoy this one!

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places….


  8. What a wonderful and beautiful tribute to your friend of 90 years young! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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