Last night was the member social. I don’t think we’d been there since last year’s social – not enough new visitors to Darling Heights Place, I guess. Museum director, Bruce Olson, gave us all an enthusiastic tour of all that’s going on there now. The place had a totally different look, I thought. A better and softer ambience. And now the outdoor gardens and performing areas are starting to take shape. That’s been a bit of a struggle the last couple of years, however, as the museum depends on landscape volunteers to do the work. And the wet springs and summers have made that difficult – when it is dry enough, the landscapers are obliged to do their business work. I can hardly wait to see it finished – looks like it will be a great place for outdoor concerts. Oh, and before I proceed any further, because this did start mainly as a girls hockey blog, I feel obliged to advise longtime readers and Super Fans that Bruce’s and Marie’s daughter, Ahna, a defenseman for our Cards in mid-decade, is now in her 2nd year of grad school in Portland in a medical field.
[Ahna, standing, with Abby Williams, Courtney Walsh, and Kat DelZoppo.]
[The North wing – there will be a whole new display here soon.]
[The supervisor enjoys a wicker rest – still dealing with plantar fasciitis.]
[Little Falls Flyer – car and boat.]
[I believe Bruce said this was rated the No. 1 antique boat in the country. A Gar Wood. Google that name. He was quite the amazing guy. His love of water and boats was established on Lake Osakis. He went on to invent many things – such as the dump truck – and built and raced boats.]
[Wood once hit 124 mph with an 1,800 hp boat engine.]
[Let’s see how things are going in the backyard – a double waterfall, three gazebos, a walk through a natural area, and a performance area.]
[Looking toward the Runestone Museum.]
[The performance stage.]
[Back inside – the South (front) wing of the building.]
[All hand made.]
[Donated by Bill Becker, our neighbor across the street with the 6-acre ranchette.]
[Geez, I forgot to get a shot of the new front desk – in maritime style. Well, I guess you’ll just have to go see it yourselves.]
As previously noted, we both felt like we had been runover by a bus, so we decided to call it a day from the rest of the evening’s festivities. But we decided to drive by the courthouse just to see how Doc’s Dixieland were doing.
[Uffda, and it was such a beautiful night for a sit out on the lawn!]