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A love fest with the ladies at DaMarco celebrates Milton Townsend's (say it ain't so) 50th

A love fest with the ladies at DaMarco celebrates Milton Townsend's (say it ain't so) 50th

Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Milton Townsend
Jackson Hicks , Milton Townsend Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Annie Amante, NAME, Layla Salek
Annie Amante , Layla Salek Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Cathy Brock, Phoebe Tudor, Anne Kennedy
Cathy Brock , Phoebe Tudor , Anne Kennedy Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Tonya Riner, Lesli Pendergraft, Layla Salek, Marianne Green
Tonya Riner , Lesli Pendergraft , Layla Salek , Marianne Green Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, crowd, venue, DaMarco
Milton Townsend Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Rebekah Johnson, Laurann Claridge, Carol Barden
Rebekah Johnson , Laurann Clardige , Carol Barden Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Maggi Jones, Milton Townsend
Maggi Jones , Milton Townsend Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Susie Criner
Jackson Hicks , Susie Criner Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, flowers, table decorations, table settings
Flowers by Rebekah Johnson reflect floral memories of the gents' summer in Vermont were zinias reigned. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Shelby Hodge, Milton Townsend
Jackson Hicks , Shelby Hodge , Milton Townsend Courtesy Photo
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Milton Townsend
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Annie Amante, NAME, Layla Salek
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Cathy Brock, Phoebe Tudor, Anne Kennedy
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Tonya Riner, Lesli Pendergraft, Layla Salek, Marianne Green
Milton Townsend, crowd, venue, DaMarco
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Rebekah Johnson, Laurann Claridge, Carol Barden
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Maggi Jones, Milton Townsend
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Susie Criner
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, flowers, table decorations, table settings
Milton Townsend, 50th birthday, September 2012, Jackson Hicks, Shelby Hodge, Milton Townsend

Perennial sunshine boy/man child Milton Townsend sailed into his fifth decade on Friday celebrating over lunch at DaMarco with two dozen fashionable girlfriends. Jackson Hicks, Milton's debonnaire partner of 23 years, hosted the delicious — in so many ways — repast.

As the ladies mingled through the restaurant's sunny back room, Milton and Jackson, who heads the esteemed catering/events firm Jackson and Co., recounted their summer escapades in Woodstock, Vt., where they just purchased the quaint colonial home where they've been spending summers for several years. 

But the real Milton adventures — jumping off the balcony at Rich's, swirling through life in total carefree mode — those were saved for later hours. And there were later hours as a handful of  partying die-hards moved on from DaMarco to the Hicks/Townsend historic home in Montrose and finally over to Spanish Village for a Tex-Mex and fried chicken supper. 

Back at DaMarco, Jackson delivered a heartfelt tribute to Milton that centered on Peter "I'll never grow up" Pan. "I never imagined that after 25 or 30 years of being enthralled with Peter Pan that I would actually meet him," Jackson quipped.

Rather than go through his X-rated list of Milton antics (and he did have one much to the birthday boy's chagrin), Jackson quoted passages from the children's fairytale that he felt best exemplified Milton. "I am youth. I am joy. I am freedom . . . I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg." Indeed.

On the mutual affection between Peter and Wendy Darling, Jackson said, "In some ways, I think each of you are his Wendy. It's hard not to be captivated by him." 

And there were so many Wendys in the room ranging from the ladylike Susie Criner and Ann Kennedy to the spirited Holly Waltrip and Annie Amante. From the artistic Marquita Masterson, Libbie Masterson and Rebekah Johnson to the business-oriented Beth Madison, Carol Barden, Laurann Claridge and Dr. Layla Salek.

The love toasts flowed throughout the luncheon with Phoebe Tudor, Cathy Brock, Maggi Jones, Lesli Pendergraf, Marianne Green and Tonya Riner among those raising their glasses.