Red Skinnies, a Firehouse Crab Feed and other things

Red Skinnies, a Firehouse Crab Feed and other things

Last night was the sixth annual crab feed fundraiser for our local fire station, Kenwood Fire Protection District.

This was just one seating of two. Lots of crab fans!

There are lots of volunteer fire department crab feeds in this part of California. Dungeness crab is plentiful at the nearby coast. Holding a crab feed is a great way to bring a community together and raise money for volunteer departments.

Our local department bought 1300 pounds of crab in Bodega at the crack of dawn Saturday morning to feed close to 300 guests Saturday night.

Tori giving the crab a thumbs up!

We also served barbecued oysters, sourdough bread, Caesar salad and cookies for dessert.

Firefighters hard a work barbecuing oysters

Bill, my husband, has been chief of our small town’s fire department for nearly a year. This was his first time in this role at the crab feed and I think he, along with all the many helpful and hard-working volunteers, did a great job.

Other helpers included my stepson, his girlfriend, my stepdaughter, Tori, and her cousin. They pitched in by serving crab and selling drink tickets.

A quick photo with Tori before the crowds arrived.

For the previous five crab feeds, I served wine and beer at the bar. But now that I’m the chief’s wife,  Bill gave me another job as mingler. Instead of playing bartender, I spent the evening talking to people, so much so, my voice became strained and scratchy halfway through the night.

It was a fun evening shared with lots of great people, both volunteers and patrons. It was also a pretty late night. We didn’t sit down to eat our crab and salad dinner until 10:30!

Crab-loving Cousins!

Now for the Visible Monday part:

At last year’s crab feed, I wore black. But this year, I decided to go red.

I wore red Gap skinny pants with zippered pockets, a black long sleeved top, black blazer, and pointy-toed pumps.

I brought a pair of ballet flats with me just in case my pumps bothered my feet. But they didn’t and that’s saying something because I didn’t sit down for a solid 5 1/2 hours.

These shoes are not only comfortable but they are a great price. And they come in lots of great colors. I highly recommend them.

With the zippered detail on the pants, I was careful when accessorizing. To me, the zippers themselves were accessories and I didn’t want a busy look. I chose two delicate chains that I wear on most days, my watch and a couple of bracelets.

This bracelet always gets compliments. It’s from Stella and Dot and gives me the effect of having lots of bracelets on without having to actually wear lots of bracelets. And they’re not noisy like bangles can be when you stack them. I don’t like noisy jewelry; a little pet-peeve of mine.

I have really gotten my $98 out of this jacket by Gibson. I like how the back hangs down a little lower than the front.

What sorts of local fundraisers do you attend in your area?
Spaghetti feeds? Cake walks? Barbecues?
Do you own any surprisingly comfortable going-out shoes?

How do you feel about noisy jewelry?





  1. February 10, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    I do remember last year’s crab fest, and that Bill had already been appointed the Fire Chief, but had not yet stepped into his position. You were wondering at the time, how next year’s event would be, and here it was.
    You looked great – love the red for the crab theme. Los Angeles is too large to really have any “city” fundraisers (that I know of anyway) but in Martha’s Vineyard there were a lot, and mostly consisted of clam bakes and auctions. One for the all volunteer fire department in the city we lived in there. They were fun community events. Congratulations on the success of this one. How long is Bill tenure as Chief?

  2. February 10, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    The black and red looks smashing. I wish I could wear skinny pants and look as good as you do in them…but alas…

    And your event sounds like a good time. I am considering going to a fund raiser at our local historic movie theater–they are raising money to upgrade the screen/equipment to keep in line with the times (digital). They are having an event for Oscar night. xo

  3. February 10, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    You look wonderful in such a simple outfit. I can’t believe you managed those shoes for 5 1/2 hours, but if you’re having fun you don’t always notice things like that.

    The crab looks yummy! I haven’t done any community meals in ages, but I used to love the Salmon Bake in Tacoma when I was teenager.

    And I agree, noisy jewelry is irritating! I don’t wear bracelets much at all because they just get in the way at work or bump up against my watch. I’m jealous when I see all the great bangles people wear, but I just can’t do it.

  4. February 10, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    What a great event! I live in the mountain area in Southern Germany and seafood – which I love – is very expensive here.

    Your outfit is fantastic! I love it!!

    Lady of Style

  5. February 10, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    OOO..I love crab! Looks like a fun event! I also love great fitting jackets like this one..they are so important to every woman’s wardrobe. You look great, Adrienne!

  6. February 10, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    Black and red are so classic and look amazing on you with your dark hair.

    I’ve been eyeing those shoes for a while now.


  7. February 10, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    Love the Crab pictures! And your red skinnies look fabulous, along with the great equestrian jacket — thanks for that link, btw, that is one good-looking blazer. And thanks for linking up!

  8. February 10, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    You look wonderful in your black and red outfit! Wish I could have been there to support your cause, especially since you were serving my favorite foods: crab, sourdough bread, and Caesar salad. What a great meal!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

  9. February 10, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    You look so beautiful!

    I’m particularly partial to red and black, as they are the school colors for the University of Georgia. My daughter is a senior there and my husband graduated from there. We wear a LOT of red and black around here.

    I’m glad that your fundraiser was such a success. I don’t eat seafood but between the salad, the bread, and the bar, I would be very happy. Wish we lived closer so that we could go next year!

    Glad I found your blog!

  10. February 10, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    What a beautiful event and these crabs look great!!!! Love your outfit, the jacket is a super cool find!!!

  11. February 10, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    You look lovely as always. Looks like a fun event…even though I’m not a crab fan!

  12. February 10, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    @Kathy I looked back and realized this is the third time I have blogged about our crab feed. How time flies!
    Bill will be fire chief for an indeterminate amount of time. The last chief was there for 16 years!
    Glad you like the red theme…seemed appropriate this year. The two previous times I wore basic black. It was fun to change it up a little!

  13. February 11, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Crab is one of my favourite things. I love your outfit, Adrienne, you look wonderful.The colour of your hair is so pretty.I don’t like clanky jewellery either.It’s always good to have a pair of shoes that don’t torture you when you need to be on your feet for a long time.

  14. February 11, 2013 / 8:07 am

    @vintagefrenchchic That sounds like a really fun fundraiser! That would make a great blog post, if you go. Would love to see what your old theatre looks like.

  15. February 11, 2013 / 8:11 am

    very chic outfit! love the zipper pockets on the pants- great detail!


  16. February 11, 2013 / 8:11 am

    @Val Sparkle Charm bracelets, although very cute, drive me nuts! I can’t stand to hear them jangling around so I never buy them.

    A Salmon Bake sounds delicious and fun! I love fresh wild salmon and Washington does have the best!

  17. February 11, 2013 / 8:20 am

    @Lady of Style I bet it is expensive! It’s even expensive here in California where it’s plentiful.
    Thank you for stopping by! I am off to check out your blog.

  18. February 11, 2013 / 8:26 am

    That looks like so much fun. I love your red skinnies. You have the prettiest hair.

  19. February 11, 2013 / 8:33 am

    @Suzanne Carillo Style Files Black and red is probably better on brunettes than redheads and blondes. Maybe too severe for lighter tresses?

    I ended up getting another pair of CK Dolly pumps in a suede sand color for spring. I hope they are as lovely as my black ones.

  20. February 11, 2013 / 8:34 am

    @Patti I was a little disappointed that the hunter green shade is sold out in my size – I would have bought it on the spot!
    Thank you for hosting another great Visible Monday, Patti!

  21. February 11, 2013 / 8:42 am

    @Diane @ Haute Flashion Hi Diane!
    I like red and black, too. Though I rarely wear red. It’s one of those colors I have to be in the mood for.
    I am heading over to your blog now. Thank you for stopping by!

  22. February 11, 2013 / 8:47 am

    Gorgeous look. The red trousers will feel great, and the jacket is beautiful.

  23. February 11, 2013 / 9:28 am

    You really do have a rich life. A wonderful family and community.

    I adore your red skinnies. Man do they look good on you!

  24. February 11, 2013 / 10:33 am

    How fun! You hair is amazing and the red skinnies look great on you!


  25. February 11, 2013 / 11:20 am

    Yo Adrienne! It’s me, Nico!

    I love your outfit! I think red pants are perfect for a crab feed for some reason. I dig the classic look! Our local fire department has a pancake breakfast each year that is fabulous!


  26. February 11, 2013 / 11:58 am

    The red pants were a fantastic choice for this event. I assume crabs are really messy to eat en mass, I’ve had the odd one in my time but I’m not a huge fan- they seemed a lot of hard work to et a feed!! We go to heaps of FUNdraisers. Hubby is a very generous person and an auctioneer by trade and so we are at every charity auction going (HE never refuses when asked!!!) He also does most of the MC work for town events and ringmaster at our local show. The kids and I always go with him, which forces me to occassionally ‘work’ the crowd as well! I’m not sure that I have as much fun as I would if he wasn’t doing a job, but that is just the way it is. we are always the first there and the last to leave ANY PARTY!!!! hahahaha

  27. February 11, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    oooh forgot to add that I love your shoes, but I don’t own any with a pointy heel anymore, we have a gravel driveway and most events are on lawn, so that doesn’t suit heels, plus they make me taller than hubby and I don’t like that much. My heel are only tiny and as wide as!!!

  28. February 11, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    I do love the red skinnies. But let’s talk crabs. I grew up in MD and adore the taste, but we only got them June-Sept. Winter crabs…what a luxury!


  29. February 11, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    I was thinking about you and your zipper jeans yesterday when I saw a woman in town with a similar pair! My specific thought was that she didn’t wear them nearly as well as you did!

    It’s been the slowest winter on record for our little restaurant, so my favorite benefit is anything that brings us business! V-day approaches, and the weather is warming, so I persevere! BTW … I work in heels all the time. It’s good for your character.

  30. February 11, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    You looked beautiful as always. You can certainly pull off some skinny jeans. 🙂

  31. February 11, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    @Lisa Not a crab fan? I love the stuff. Although I can only eat it three or four times a year – it’s easy for me to get tired of, it’s so rich!

  32. February 11, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    What a fabulous event for a wonderful cause Adrienne. It’s fun to hear how you and Bill have both stepped into your new roles. I understand that with some of the work my husband has done on the state level. Fun pics! You are rockin those red skinnies so cheers to you for that! xx

  33. February 11, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    @Sulky Kitten The crab dinner was great – and as you can imagine, we were quite hungry by 10:30.
    The shoes did a great job of not killing my feet, though my back really suffered the next day from being in heels all night. I am almost always in flats unless I dress up.

  34. February 11, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    @Marla Robinson That is so sweet of you to say! I do love my hair – and I owe it all to my hair dresser and my parents 😉

  35. February 11, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    @Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell Loved your comment today, Debbi. I do have a rich life! I am so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community.
    And I do love those skinnies. My only qualm is that they are somewhat limiting but that’s okay. I’ll still wear them often!

  36. February 11, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    @Nico Saich Yo Nico!
    I really should wear red to the crab feed every year. Black is always my go-to for the crab feed when I am not feeling fashionable or being lazy.
    We have a pancake breakfast fundraiser too for Father’s Day! I forgot about it until I read your comment 🙂

  37. February 11, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    @Jodie aka Mummaducka’sKaos Us too – at least the last to leave part.
    Crab is a labor intensive food – and very messy. We all wore our bibs. I always try to grab the big claws because they are meatier and easier to clean!
    That is so great that you and your husband attend lots of fundraisers. I think it’s an important part of being a member of one’s community.

  38. February 11, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    @Jodie aka Mummaducka’sKaosOh gosh…heels on a lawn – awful.
    I ordered a pair of pumps that showed up today – they were so cute and sexy and pretty comfortable but were way too high for me. I would have been eye to eye with my 6’7″ husband!

  39. February 11, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    @Nicole Feliciano I have had Maryland crabs before and they are very tasty. I think they are a lot smaller than our Dungeness crabs – but maybe more flavorful, if I recall properly.
    Thank you for stopping by today, Nicole!

  40. February 11, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    @Jan Graham-McMillen Owning a restaurant seems so stressful! But fun, too. I hope you get lots and lots of business on Valentine’s Day. Bill and I are going out to dinner – doing our part to support the local economy 😉

  41. February 11, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    @Heather Lindstrom It’s been a pretty easy transition for us with Bill as chief. He has been with the department since 2001 so we already knew everyone.
    I hope we get a chance to see each other soon!

  42. February 11, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Just found your blog through Visible Monday. Love the zipper details on your pants. Looks like a fun event!


  43. February 11, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    I just bought a pair of red skinnies from the Gap and I am in love with them!

  44. February 12, 2013 / 3:20 am

    You are more beautiful than any model, wowwwwwwwwwwwww.

  45. February 12, 2013 / 4:08 am

    Love the outfit. And you’ve got to love a great pair of comfortable pumps.

  46. February 12, 2013 / 5:23 am

    I’m glad to hear your crab bake was a huge success! I plan to wear red skinnies to the lobster dinner as well!

    I have too many events and fundraisers on my plate right now…I’m looking forward to the end of May when they are all done!

  47. February 12, 2013 / 8:25 am

    @Alice Warren Hi Alice! Thank you for stopping by. I love those zippers too – they make the pants.
    Off to check out your blog!

  48. February 12, 2013 / 8:27 am

    @Sara Louise Gap is the best for decently priced denim and pants – especially the more trendy styles that you don’t want to spend a lot on.

  49. February 12, 2013 / 8:30 am

    @Suburban Princess We are skipping the lobster feed in Napa we went to last year – I wore red slacks for that.
    Have fun at all your many events! I know you will 😉

  50. February 12, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    I’m amazed it’s possible to buy that much crab all at once!

    It sounds like a fun event, and you look dazzling, as usual.

    As for noisy jewelry, I don’t mind it unless I’m at a concert.

  51. February 13, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Adrienne a great post with perfect advice! Totally agree on all these things..More women need to read this.

    Love the red pants with the zippers. Very pretty with the black jacket!

    Hope you and Bill have a great Valentine’s.


  52. February 15, 2013 / 9:54 am

    It’s a rule in my closet that all shoe must be comfortable, just like everything else. I love the Austin style from Nine West.

  53. February 18, 2013 / 8:05 am

    Sounds like a fun day, and you look super in the red skinny pants.

    Visiting from

    Have a great week.

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