100th Birthday Party for the Sacramento County Bar Association
by Sil Reggiardo, President
The SCBA is throwing a party on Monday, June 25, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Pavilion Tent at the Haggin Oaks golf Complex (3645 Fulton Avenue). This is the day after the SCBA turns 100 years old. We will celebrate 100 years of the SCBA in the Sacramento legal community.
I remember parties with teenagers packed so tightly into a house that there was no question someone was going to be in big trouble when the parents got home. Word got out quickly and people gathered. It was fun.
District of Columbia v. Wesby (2018) 138 S.Ct. 577 is a recent U.S. Supreme Court case that involved a party of the wildest sort. It was unclear whether this was a birthday party, a bachelor party, or just a party – or even whether someone named Peaches threw the party. Supreme Court Justice comments during oral argument showed some familiarity with and interest in parties. Justice Elena Kagan reminisced: “There are these parties that, once long ago, I used to be invited to where you didn’t … know the host, but you know Joe is having a party.” She added, “And I can say that long, long ago, marijuana was maybe present at those parties?” Justice Anthony Kennedy asked: “So Peaches is the host at a bachelor party. Is that it?”
Our party will be much tamer, in part because we are lawyers and in part because we are just older. (No, we did not ask that the party end by 8:00 p.m. Haggin Oaks is graciously accommodating us but has its limits.)
Should we throw our own birthday party? Miss Manners (Judith Martin) was not wild about the idea but accepted it with limitations: “By all means, throw a party, … but then behave like a host … planning it for the enjoyment of the guests ….” (Miss Manners, March 17, 2013) And that is what we are doing.
We will have “BarStock – 3 Hours of Fun, Peace & Music,” featuring live music by Sacramento’s favorite lawyer bands. Festivities will include a three-hole putting contest, a long putting hole-in-one contest, festival games, and prizes. We will have raffle prizes and a silent auction. We will also have a hot buffet dinner. As Julia Child said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” We will have a special 100th Year Birthday Cake and will toast the SCBA.
We are spreading the news about this party not by word of mouth but in print through this magazine and social media. We will not have wall-to-wall people, and this will not be the kind of party Justice Kagan recalled. But it will be a lot of fun.
For tickets or more information visit: www.sacbar.org or call (916) 564-3780.