Tuesday, January 24, 2017
At Ray's 84th birthday celebration at Ray's Candy Store last night
[Photo last night by Peter Brownscombe]
Ray Alvarez, the proprietor of Ray's Candy Store at 113 Avenue A, turns 84 this month.
And once again several of Ray's friends/regulars celebrated his birthday inside the shop between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place.
In a break from the more burlesque tradition, there was a Persian-themed event last night paying tribute to Ray's Middle-Eastern roots ... the evening included a reading from the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám," a variety of Middle-Eastern food and a belly dancer named Amanda.
EVG correspondent Stacie Joy shared a few photos...
This is the 10th anniversary for a birthday extravaganza at Ray's. Check out Bob Arihood's photos from Ray's 74th birthday bash here.
Updated 11:30 a.m.
Here's a shot via EVG regular jdx ...