Homecoming ’13


[It was just one of those weekends.  We had become spoiled.  It seems that for as long as I can remember, we’ve always had beautiful weather for homecoming . . .]


[As usual, the weekend started with the Hall of Fame luncheon at Broadway Ballroom on Friday . . .]

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[And this year’s inductees were . . .]

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[Jill Johnson, the school’s communications director, and Chad Larson, program emcee, plot strategies.]


[Pre-ceremony general milling around.]


[Pre-ceremony general milling around, part II.]


[Our entertainment, and of course I’ve waited too long, but I believe the choir was from Lincoln Elementary School.  They were terrific.  🙂  (Subsequent research proved me to be correct – and their director is Kayla Noble.) ]


[That evening we returned to the same venue for the annual Jeans & Jewels soiree and fund raiser for members of the 206 Club and their invited guests.   Education Foundation board member Heidi Ryan guards the jewels.  To my eye we had the largest turnout ever for this event, but for the first time in recent memory the supervisor did not win any of the drawings?]


[The weather on Friday had been icky.  It rained overnight and well into the morning on Saturday as I contemplated attempts to participate in the homecoming parade at noon.  The rain let up about 11:30, the supervisor hied me to the fairgrounds, and I began snapping photos of the assembled mass – once again (as far as I could tell) absent any other members of the class of ’65.  These guys graduated the year after I was born and always get a good turnout!  🙂 ]


[Reporting the obvious, the class of ’57 (noted for their Chevys?).]


[The class of Berglin (Mary, how could I not want to get a picture of you?).]


[Class of ’68, always a large contingent – this year off the charts.  I believe they had 5 groups – it was their 45th reunion, and in keeping with recent traditions, they celebrated it on homecoming weekend.  I still don’t know why all these “kids” need to ride though?]


[And even younger kids riding?]


[And away we go . . .]


[Ahh, hockey, whatta sport!]


[Leaving the fairgrounds . . .]


[Heading towards Broadway.  And then I lost them?  I’ve always walked the parade, as have many others, including classes, et al, and kept pace . . . because it has to move at a walking pace.  This year, to beat the rain (?), the lead groups took off like they were shot out of a cannon.  I struggled trying to keep up but by the time I hit Broadway and turned the corner, they were already out of sight?  I asked a cop if the parade had scattered any kids because they were moving at quite a clip.  I looked behind me and as far I could see there was no sign of the rest of the parade?  Patty Wicken, class of ’67, had asked me at the fairgrounds if I wanted to ride on her golf cart with her (her family has bailed because of the weather) – I wish now I hadn’t declined!]


[I looked for the supervisor in front of Lea’s, her parade viewing destination – no sign of her.  I continued on to the next block where I heard, “Tom Obert!”  It was Jim Sherry (and wife Carol), the younger brother of our HQ, who was there for ’68’s reunion.  So, I stood there with them, between 6th and 7th, and snapped photos of what remained of the parade, having missed the whole first half.]



[The soccer team?]



[Yo, hockey!]


[The tennis team?]



[I dunno?]


[Girls’ cross-country team.  This Saturday is the big Lions’ Club meet at Arrowwood.  We really wanted to attend, but . . . the forecast is for cold, windy, and rain!  😦 ]


[Moving towards the high school, still thousands of miles away.]




[And this was the end.  I tucked my camera inside my jacket to continue my trek to the high school.  It was chilly, very windy, and had begun misting again.  By the time I got to the high school, it was not a pleasant day.  I found the supervisor.  We usually go in to the field then for tailgating but decided discretion was the better of part of valor.  We went home and put on our shawls.  The team remained winless.  😦 ]

Notes:  The Cruise post, Days 8 & 9 (Part I) was completed but after the volleyball post.  Upcoming, the girls’ volleyball and soccer teams both have two home games within the next week to close out their regular seasons in their attempts to both remain undefeated in the conference.  🙂

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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1 Response to Homecoming ’13

  1. Beverly Korkowski says:

    Judy Roers Anderson was on the steps at the RCC at 11:45 and left when she didn’t see any class of ’65 around. Good girl! 🙂

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