Welcome Home Party for Fool’s Gold Hero
On Sunday, Denise Hendrix hosted an impromptu welcome home party for her son Ford, who surprised his mother by arriving in Fool’s Gold unannounced. The extended Hendrix clan gets together almost every Sunday at the family home, but this is the first time Ford has attended since 2009.
“There are a lot more people in this family than I remember,” says the former Navy SEAL. We found him leaning against a wall at the far side of the living room, watching the bustle of activity from a distance. “They’re multiplying.”
Indeed, his oldest brother Ethan got married in 2010, instantly gaining three children, his triplet sisters married in 2011 and between them have four children, and his brother Kent has moved back to Fool’s Gold with his pre-teen son. Plus, Denise seems to have invited the rest of the town to the party, as well.
“Ford! Ford!” Denise calls across the room. “Come here, there’s someone I want you to meet.”
With a sigh, Ford kicks away from the wall and joins his mother, who introduces him to Annabelle Weiss and her fiancé Shane Stryker. Annabelle gave birth recently to their first child, a boy, and has begun to plan a Fall wedding.
“Is that Wyatt?” Montana, one of the triplets, asks Annabelle. Without waiting for a response, she puts down her plate of food and reaches for the dark-haired infant. “Ohhhhh! He’s so alert,” she says. “I want one.”
“You have one,” her husband says. Their eleven-month-old daughter is sleeping in Simon’s arms.
“I want another one. I want Skye to have siblings close to her own age.”
“Whatever you want, dear.”
“See?” Denise whispers to Ford. “Don’t you want that? Don’t you want to fall in love, settle down?”
“I love you, Mom,” he says, putting an arm around her shoulders, “but don’t push.”
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Denise desperately wants her son to stay in town. What do you think she should do?
Fool’s Gold Dance Teacher Weds
On Saturday, May 18, dance teacher Evangeline Stryker wed attorney Dante Jefferson at the Church of the Open Door in Fool’s Gold, followed by a black-tie reception for 200 in the grand ballroom at the Gold Rush Resort.
“Only in Fool’s Gold would we have such a big wedding,” Evie said. “We both just moved here last year, but the town took us into their hearts in a big way.”
“Sometimes a little more than we were comfortable with,” Dante added, “but once you get over the shock of having so many people care about you, it’s kind of nice.”
“We look out for each other here,” Evie said. “I didn’t realize how lonely I was in the city until after I’d lived in Fool’s Gold for a few months.”
In what might just break a world record, there were 35 flower girls at the wedding – students at Evie’s dance studio – all wearing matching pink tutus. At the reception, the flower girls surprised the bride with a dance led by Grace, a talented 14-year-old who broke her leg skiing last year. The dance, performed to “All You Need Is Love,” was choreographed by Evie’s business partner and famous former ballerina Dominique Guérin.
“My own daughter stubbornly refuses to get married,” Dominique said. “Her fiancé wants a big wedding, but my Charlie keeps pushing for an elopement. An elopement! She’s trying to deny me the glory of being mother-of-the-bride.”
Evie’s mother certainly dove into the m-o-b role this past Saturday. May Simpson was rarely far from her daughter’s side, walking her down the aisle, giving her away, and bringing tears to everyone’s eyes with the most emotional toast of the evening. Rumor has it that mother and daughter weren’t always so close, but there was no mistaking the love between them on this most happy occasion.
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