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i went to a sarah party!

If the idea of a big house totally full of people named Sarah makes you tremble in fear, you are a very sensible person! Sarahs were out in full force at a brilliant party in Hackney this afternoon, and as samples go, it's obvious that Sarahs are up a notch from the general population. And also obvious why our name means 'princess', since we adapt very easily to wearing tiaras and flouncing about.

The story is that Sarah Pletts and Sarah Jane Hall went to a Sarah Party at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada and decided to host their own in London. (Here's the website they set up.) BBC Radio 4 got in on it and a reporter there (named Sarah) recorded it for a documentary. Those two Sarahs have SUCH an eye for detail! I spent the first ten minutes wandering around just being amazed at how many things could be Sarah-fied.

Here is one of our lovely hosts and another remarkable Sarah I met, Sarah Anderson, a writer who for 25 years ran the travel bookshop in Notting Hill that was made so famous by the film of the same name. The latest book she wrote sounds fascinating so I made her hold it up for the photo. Only when she mentioned it did I notice she only has one arm, which is the subject of her book, Halfway to Venus. (Read about it here.) I've just ordered a copy so I'll report back when I've read it.

I also had an amazing massage from a holistic therapist named Sarah Alvarez and a brilliant Serendipity cocktail from a Sarah cocktail wizard. I met another Sarah trapeze artist, and a talented photographer named Sarah Leigh Lewis set up a little portrait studio in the very back of the garden and took photos of us all. And I talked with another Sarah who does us proud, Sarah Franklin, professor of bioethics at the London School of Economics. I came to the party with two magnificent editors, Sara Grant and Sara O'Conner from Working Partners, which was funny because we'd joked about setting up a Sarahs Club only weeks before I got the party invitation, and they thought I was coming up with a complicated prank when I told them about it.

A Sarah shrine:

Baby Sarahs:

This last person isn't a Sarah but since he's married to Sarah who was hosting the party, he dressed up as much like a Sarah as he could and his name tag says he's a 'serial Sara-ist'.


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Jun. 30th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)

Never wished my name was Sarah before, but now I do. Maybe it's time I started an Erica party...

Also, i really want to read that woman's book now. Halfway to Venus makes me curious just from the title!
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
Yes, time for an Erica party! :-D About the book, I just watched her videoblogs on the website and I'm more curious than ever!
Jun. 30th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
that sounds delightful!
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
It was! :-)
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Wow. You Sarah's have a crazy-ass fashion sense. If there was a Dave party we could probably fill Wembley. With dullness.
Jun. 30th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Ha ha, that paints a funny picture of a herd of dudes with vacant looks on their faces standing around in gray Marks & Spencer suits. Maybe you could throw a Tozo party.
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
D-Con 2002. Of course it's only fictional.

Or is it? David.
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ha! That is hilarious!
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
I am at the Garen party every day : ) Fab photos.
Jun. 30th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Looking at Dave's comment, maybe it pays to be unique! ;-) It's true, I've never, ever heard of another Garen.
Jul. 1st, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
:/ there are not enough traci's to throw a party for us all
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you might have to make it a national hunt! I remember a few Tracy/Tracey/Traci people in Seattle when I was little. Haven't met so many in England.
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
hmm, well i'm from America too, but all i remember are traceys... and they were all old from the 60's i guess it was a big thing then?
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, if you're not too picky about spelling, then you'll be all right! We had all kinds of Sarahs at the party - Sarah, Sara, even a Finnish Saara - and the invite said Zaras could come, too, although I don't think any did. Apparently there were lots of Sarahs born in England in the 60s, so the party planners had to work harder to get younger versions so there'd be more age diversity. In America in 1975/76 I think half the girls in the hospitals must have been named Sarah. I knew 18 when I was a kid (and boringly liked to reel them off to anyone who'd listen).
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
well i was friend with a lot of mid-80s born and knew at least 10 sara/h (sarai? is that the correct multiple?) there are quite a lot!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
it's a magic name
It seems like I am meeting new Sara's and Sarah's all the time, and they are, without fail, always talented and charming.
Apr. 9th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
'Sarah' party
Hi Sarah!

Wow, I wish that I could have gone to that party! It sounds like sooo much fun!!! (my name's Sarah too by the way)
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