And So It’s Begun . . .


photo4[The holiday weeklong extravaganza that is the celebration of Vacationland USA’s Awake the Lakes and Memorial Day.  Last (Thursday) night, ’57 Chevy kicked off the Red Willow Arts Coalition’s (RWAC) summer of music on the courthouse lawn.  It was a beautiful evening, if unseasonably cool.]

But first . . . the high school choir held their Spring Concert on Wednesday, and Steve Dietz led the several choirs through their paces to the delight of the attendees.  The “Rock,” who generally refuses further identification, approved the presentation of the three following videos he took at the event.  His and Pris’s granddaughter, Eika, is in pink, 2nd row, 3rd from the right:

And, just for fun, we’ll throw in Queen’s version of “Somebody to Love”:

And for even more fun, here’s Harry Belafonte’s “Sylvie.”  If anyone at the concert videoed the girls’ choir performing this song, I’d be delighted to post it in the blog:


[Meanwhile, back at the courthouse, the supervisor makes her entrance.]


[And here they are, courtesy of Kevin Klimek.]


[Thank you, boys.]


[Alexandrians just happy to be sitting in the sun again.]


[Get down, get funky!]


[Lawn chairs still restless from a long winter in the garage . . .]


[As an avocationally professional photographer, I move to change my angle of attack.]


[Chuck Wencl gives it the ole one-and-a-two.]


[Up close and personal with Louie and Kevin.]



[Bob, Louie, and Kevin, hiding behind Louie’s bass.]



[Kevin, Louie, Paul and Chuck – weren’t they the original Beatles?]


[The supervisor pronounced the popcorn good.]


[Every town has a statue on the courthouse lawn . . . and then they get stolen in a Jess Lourey novel.]


[This is when Jim got “called” out of the audience to play Louie’s bass.]


[Let’s Rock ‘n Roll!!]


[A noted local personality works the crowd.  Remember, the RWAC sponsors these Thursday evening get-togethers all summer long.]


[And then since it was Thursday night, it was also date night.]


[So, it was then off to SAWA for The Salty Dogs.]


[Bruce Hecksel of Patchouli now has some of his art displayed here.]


[A couple patrons provide perspective for the art.]


[Erik Schultz, Tom Mulder, and Bill Riggs]


“If I Had a Million Dollars”:


[And thank you, boys!  And a Happy Anniversary to Tom and Jeanne!  🙂 ]


[“Weakie” toasts them all!  😉 ]


[“Weakie” and Viv spent an overnight at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater this week . . . for their anniversary, courtesy of their daughter Angie.  “Weakie” said they called Angie to thank her again when they ordered their 2nd bottle of Dom Perignon on her tab (just kidding, folks!).]


[First time blog contributor, P. Mc., submitted this photo of rain on Lake Carlos from the past week.]


[And finally, the supervisor did her first mow today.  She was so excited because it’s her hobby!]


[She had to be careful because the underneath of the mower has been occupied.]


[The bunny may have moved on because we haven’t seen her/him in four days.]


[Personally, I’d rather shovel snow!]

See you ’round all the weekend coming events!

About tomobert63

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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