Maritime Museum

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!]

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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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