Recapping Center’s “Bewitched” Event Starring Brini Maxwell
Guest Post by by Jeff Adams
The presentation opened with a video introduction Brini put together about the classic sitcom and its stars, Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Morehead and Paul Lynde. The video included clips of the stars non-Bewitched TV and movie work. Brini described the series as an allegory about the secrets we keep in an effort to fit in with the lesson being “don’t hide your magic.”
Once Brini hit the stage, the audience was treated to a remembrance of her shows that used to run on public access cable TV and later on the Style network. Brini brought out her hostess skills and showed the crowd how to make special Twinkle-tini cocktails, named after the sound Samantha’s nose makes when she does her magic.
Brini had a bar cart provided by the evening’s sponsor, El Dorado Demerara Rum, and proceeded to demonstrate how to make the cocktail. Here’s the recipe for those who want to give it a try: 2 ounces El Dorado Demerara Rum, 1 ounce sour mix, 1 ounce raspberry schnapps, 1/2 ounce pineapple juice, 1/2 ounce berry liquor and a touch of ice. Once you’ve got all the ingredients in the shaker, you simply give it a shake and serve. And serve she did, as she took her bar cart through the audience offering up cocktails to any who wanted them.
Once cocktails were served, it was time to get down to the episodes Brini brought to screen. “The Joker is a Card” featured the first appearance of Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur. “Mother in Law of the Year” featured Darrin #2, played by Dick Sargent. Ahead of this episode, Brini related how Dick York, the original Darrin, had been injured on set and the producer then brought in Sargent. The final episode of the evening featured Elizabeth Montgomery in two roles—as Samantha and as her mischievous cousin Serena.
Between the episodes, Brini played trivia with the audience and gave away prizes, which included Chely Wright’s autobiography and CD as well as some Brini Maxwell items.