The Henderson, Destin
On May 13 the Crystal Ballroom in Destin’s Henderson hotel was shaking and shimmying as a sold-out crowd of music lovers were wowed by a powerhouse performance by the Temptations Revue.
The gala evening, which benefitted Sinfonia Gulf Coast, commenced with creative cocktails in the Horizons Bar overlooking the scenic Henderson Beach State Park. Before finding their linen-covered tables decorated with fragrant white floral arrangements each topped with a vintage 45 vinyl featuring the Temptations’ greatest hits, guests flowed through the Destin Ballroom brimming with silent auction items ranging from original artwork to wine excursions.
Cheery conversation and sporadic spouts of laughter filled the room as guests dined on filet mignon. Long before the last strawberry-decked dessert cake could be polished off, the room began to pulse with anticipation. Sitting to my right was Betty White, wearing a fitted shift dress with taupe lace detail. Her brown eyes danced around the room as she remarked, “Really, there’s not a bad seat in the house!”
Once Reggie Reed, Talmadge Pearsall, Samuel Thomas Jr., Claude Vittorio Barnett and William Frank Jordan took the stage in silver sequined jackets and began busting out their smooth, syncopated moves, seats didn’t matter much, because no one was in them. From the first note of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” nearly everyone was dancing around the tables as they made their way to sashay in front of the stage.
Guests were transported back to the ‘60s and ‘70s with the legendary Motown band’s biggest hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Get Ready,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and many more.
After the crowd-pleasing performance, the party paraded back to the Horizons bar, where everyone was all smiles, bouncing to the beat and murmuring the lyrics of the Temptations’ time-tested tunes.
Reggie Reed’s money was no good here. As he mopped his brow, one grateful guest treated him to a double whiskey, saying, “You definitely earned this tonight!”
– Zandra Wolfgram
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