80th Birthday Celebration of Skip Parsons
by Cliff Lamere March 15, 2017
Skip Parsons turned 80 years young on March 11, 2016. He was performing at the Fountain Restaurant in Albany, NY that evening with his Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band. It was his 46th year of appearing there every second weekend of the month. Could that be some sort of record?
Knowing that he would be performing on the evening of his birthday, a surprise birthday celebration was planned by his family on the previous weekend, on Saturday March 5, 2016, when two of Skip and Linda Parsons' daughters, and their families, were visiting for that weekend.
They took Skip to a restaurant for dinner. When they wanted to leave, Skip wanted another cup of coffee, so they had to wait. They then suggested that they should stop at the Fountain Restaurant for a nightcap, but Skip said that he would rather go home. Once they were all in the car, however, Skip was told that they were going there anyways.
Many people, including myself, were invited to be there at 7 p.m., but Skip and his family arrived late. When they walked in the back door, Skip saw someone that he knew, then another person, and me, and so on. He was confused, no doubt, but he stopped to talked to each one. At some point, he must have seen me taking photos of him, but he was not close enough to say anything. After 10-15 minutes, he made his way to the front of the restaurant where a large table of his friends were seated. By then, he knew something special was happening.
On the birthday cake, notice the clarinet and soprano sax which Skip plays.
Below you will find a list of the best 43 photos that were taken that evening. Every person in the photo is named in the link. "cr" means that the photo was cropped; "ed" means the photo was edited in some other way.
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