Retired City Manager Ken Frank thought he and his wife, Nancy, were stopping by the Marine Room Tavern for a quick drink before going out to quiet dinner with Kathleen and Bill Blackburn.
He was wrong. His wife knew it, and so did a couple of hundred movers and shakers in town, as well as artist Scott Moore.
The Marine Room was packed with Frank well-wishers, gathered to surprise him with the gift of a commissioned painting by the internationally recognized Surrealist.
"I was absolutely clueless," Frank said.
Keeping the present a secret was no easy task — with more than a few folks in town including Frank's wife and some of his closest friends aware that Moore had spent the previous three months working solely on "Greetings from Laguna Beach."
"It was really hard," said Nancy Frank.
It was even harder for Moore, who had to forego his normal practice of posting daily reports on a work in progress, while painting "Greetings from Laguna Beach."