Episode 33: You Are Invited …

The idea of holding the wedding in Sam’s Rock Creek apartment goes by the board early on. It’s not nearly big enough, for one thing, not to mention the fact that the neighbors are barely speaking again after the unfortunate cessation of chocolate.

It is true, though, that rumors have been circulating for weeks in the laundry room that Harry can wield a mean rotisserie, and at the last minute, the elderly sisters in the penthouse offer to put up Harry’s younger sister and her two sets of preschool twins.

Offers of venue come in from all over town, from the Capitol rotunda to the Zen garden at the Florsheim, but Harry and Sam settle on the old Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, a vine-covered manse in the middle of a vast amusement park, with whitewashed walls, charcoal tiles, and a polished dance floor so faithfully tended through the years you could be floating on air.

They were put on to it by Fabrice, whose cousin, a republican partisan in the Spanish Civil War, corresponded for years with a University of Maryland Hemingway specialist he met in hiding in a Basque farmhouse in 1939. Along with the gift of the hall, he gives our lovers a recipe for moussaka he carried in his breast pocket for the duration of the conflict.

Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast! Episode 29: Paradise! Episode 30: A Vision in Sausage and Pink Chenille! Episode 31: Battenburg Lace. Episode 32: A Wedding Most Glorious!

Up next … Episode 34: A Union of Serious Cooks

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