Monday, January 2, 2012

What Were You Doing New Year's Eve Eve? Yodel! Yodel! Yodel!

What in the heck is this?

Is it a Vistavision spectacular from Paramount Studios come to life? Nah.

A treacherous, snow-capped, mountain peak that would intimidate
even the most accomplished climber?  Getting warmer.

If you guessed "Matterhorn Cake Pop," you'd be right.  Cake pops are so very au courant, and usually I am anything but, but when our friends Kevin and Jody hosted a Matterhorn-themed fete for their New Year's celebration, I knew I needed a wacky tacky treat that teamed with the theme.

The Abominable Snowman is a little camera shy
but he held the cake pops so I could take a quick photo.

Charles Phoenix and Kevin Kidney show off their Matterhorn cake pops - an honor to say the least.
Apparently, Mary disapproves of cake on a stick.

The real story here is not about cake pops, however; the parties held in the home of Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily are truly magical.  Kevin and Jody are extraordinary hosts and the wonderful variety of people that surround them are creative, gracious, brilliant, and generous.  Moreover, the earnest desires of the wacky tacky heart are fulfilled around every corner.  Two words - "player piano."

The fun always begins with a sing-along around the player piano.
Rolls included "Edelweiss" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and a Christmas medley.
The best part came when we got to play Swiss bell ringers with a children's handbell set.

Other alpinists took a turn tickling the ivories.

One of our amazing hosts, Kevin calling everyone's attention with a handbell.
He is wearing traditional lederhosen and holding one of the
 three, 16mm reels to Walt Disney's Third Man on the Mountain
starring James MacArthur and Janet Munro - the evening's featured entertainment

Third Man on the Mountain (1959)
To learn more about the history of this movie, please
check out this article from the Walt Disney Family Museum Blog.

The backyard movie theater.
 The film was projected against the wall of their barn/studio.  Guests huddled (and cuddled)
around glowing fire pits and sipped warm cider, mulled wine, and hot cocoa, while snacking on
popcorn, pretzels and other Swiss taste sensations - Yodels & Swiss Cake Rolls not included.

The most spectacular part of the evening was getting to meet Fred Burri, the original Matterhorn Yodeler at Disneyland.  At 85 years old, he still has major yodeling chops and everyone at the party was enraptured by his performance.

Fred Burri on the Matterhorn in 1963
(photo from

First Man on the Mountain
Another image of Fred on the Matterhorn
(photo provided by Dave at

We were only able to capture a tiny bit of one song (sorry for the poor video quality).
Rest assured, it was amazing!

Mary with the evening's guest of honor, Fred Burri.
His voice is still heard everyday in ride's the recorded music.

He still wears the exact same outfit from over 50 years ago!

An auditory E-Ticket for sure!

This was without a doubt one of the best parties of 2011!  It began what is one of the best weekends, and certainly the best New Year's celebrations, I have ever enjoyed!  Thanks Kevin and Jody and thanks to Mr. Burri!


Mr. Tiny

p.s. Mr Tiny's New Year's resolution is to get a better camera and become a better photographer so the pictures and videos brought to you in this blog will be worthy of your readership.  Any tips on a good camera are welcomed and much appreciated.  Thanks!

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