Lakeside Painting Celebrates Annual Holiday Party With Family Bowling

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Last week, Lakeside Painting's staff, family, and friends celebrated the holiday season with our annual dinner party. In years past, the party typically observed a loose Wisconsin tradition—a night of food, drinks, and good company at an area supper club. For the 2018 holiday season, Lakeside decided to mix things up, well... a lot. 

This year's holiday party was held at the Cornerstone's Palmyra Bowl, a modest but iconic bowling alley that has been part of the Palmyra landscape for decades. Many of Lakeside Painting's employees hail from Palmyra, and of course Lakeside Painting owner and president Joe Pangburn's family have made their home in the town for many, many years. It seemed like a nice, relaxed, and familiar environment in which told our holiday party. For once, the weather cooperated, so the coming and going was a breeze.

Inside the bowling alley, poinsettia arrangements decorated the space, alongside little Santa paint brushes and paint can covers, and one flower arrangement made out of a paint can. Altogether, the decorations brought a lovely holiday vibe to the party.

Apart from various types of pizza, folks brought a great spread of hors d'oeuvres, including salmon, shrimp, egg rolls, meatballs, Rumaki, and a veggie tray. The dessert was festive Christmas cupcakes, while longtime Lakeside foreman Patrick Boyle brought some of his famous fudge and lacy lucy cookies, which were the usual hit with revelers. 

As for the bowling, the Lakeside holiday party took up all four lanes. One lane was reserved for the kids, which the staff outfitted with bumpers to keep the bowling straight. Each kid also received a gift of candy cane-shaped boxes of chocolates. While the kids played, ate pizza, and gobbled up chocolate, those adults who abstained from bowling partook in some Cribbage and conversation instead.

And in the last hour of the party, Palmyra Bowl turned on the laser lights and smoke machine. It was the highlight of the evening—or, at least one of the highlights. The kids loved the jukebox, as did Joe, who played "La Macarena" to much laughter.  

All in all, it was great holiday party. Sure, we enjoy a good Wisconsin supper club experience, but it was nice to try something new (and old) for a change. 

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