But first, it is spring in Minnesota . . . and with the weekend approaching, thus do the black clouds adhere to the local “laws of Nature.”  Friday night began with a meet and greet the new members of the golf club – followed by dining, grilling out on the patio, with a DJ, with club president and Super Fan Roger Riley making all the announcements and introductions as the background sky threatened.

Most were able to finish their outdoor nosh – but then we had to repair to the interior.

Saturday looked bleak for our combination event at the winery – the symphony (top) would of course be inside, but it looked like the concurrent act, the Velines, would have to move inside as well.

This was the final event of the season for the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra – and now in their third season under conductor Brad Lambrecht (of the high school orchestra) continue to amaze with current high schoolers and “older” musicians from the area.

[A fellow Super Fan in the act of obtaining the host facility product – his grandson was in the orchestra!]

[You may recall this was the hippodrome under the original winery owners.]

And here’s the video of the first movement (I think) of L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet:


[As noted Matt Veline was performing concurrently.  He would have been outside weather permitting.  Here he’s with his wife Julie and their 3-year old son Will on the stand-up bass (a cello).  Since we were late from the orchestra, seating was at a premium and from a distance videoing was not possible.]

[Super Fan Annens were first time attendees for the orchestra and were mightily impressed.]

[Then it was on to see a local “garage band” of some repute.  Skilly & Duff unfortunately were a garage band this day as a result of the weather.]

Skilly & Duff’s “Bold O’Donahue”:

Skilly & Duff”s “Rocky Road to Dublin”:

Skilly & Duff’s “The Kilt Song”:




And while we “finished” the day with musical interlude No. 4, Tara Brueske at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale, we had pretty much hit the wall and called it an early evening.  We enjoyed Ms. Brueske’s performance but as first timers in her audience it did not seem appropriate to inflict our camera upon her.  Kinda like a first date thing.  She is on YouTube, however.

And now for a little braggin’ on the grandson:

Grandson Tom’s (pretty much the center of his mom’s attention, blondish, black frame glasses) Mayfest 2012 (Show Choir, Noblesville, Indiana, High School), “You’re the Top”:

Tom’s (upper right) Mayfest 2012 “Rock and Roll”:

Tom’s Mayfest 2012 “Rock This Town”:

Finally, we end with the “garage band’s” signature closing.

Skilly & Duff’s “The Parting Glass”:

[Oh, and Lindsay led the Lynx to victory in their season opener today.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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