July in Alexandria (Part II)

High School Jazz Combo @ Bug-A-Boo Bay

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[July 22, we know Paul Meland on sax and Kirby Karpan on bass, who both have played in such groups for what seems like many years.  I think they both graduated this year?]

Anthony Miltich @ Arrowwood

[“Don’t Know Why”]

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[July 23]

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys @ The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum Gardens

[“Come Back Baby” – The supervisor did a video of this song on the night and put it on Facebook.]

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[First, the tour, July 25.]

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[Then, the band.]

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[“Big Al”- chances are pretty good that if your name is Al, and you’re big, you’re going to be called Big Al.]

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[The Rev]

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[Donny Moore]

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Lisa Lynn @ Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale

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[ . . . later the same evening.]


[“Brand New Key”]

[“Make You Feel My Love”]

[“I Won’t Hold You Back”]

[“So Far Away”]

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[So, how’d you like them apples?]

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Harper’s Chord @ Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale

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[Roger Fink, Jill Moore, Paul Drinkwine, July 26]

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[Roger, Jill, Paul – they maintained their original positions, in an obvious attempt to confuse me.]

[“Loose Change”]

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[Paul . . . oh, you knew that from previous photos.]

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[Jill had her three kids there – George, Henry, and 4-year old Harper, for whom the group is named (I wonder if she gets royalties?).]

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[And she’s a hockey mom.]


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[Oh, she hit it!]

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[Roger, in a pensive moment . . . or trying to find a chord.]

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[The Three Faces of Jill?]

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[Get down, get funky!]


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[The audience took a poll.  You guys did good.  😉  ]

[“Natural Bridge”]

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[Music fans having a serious discussion about the origins of the fret.]

 Patchouli @ Art-in-the-Park

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[Looked dreary, decided not to take the convertible.  Danny was up north with the pick-up.  His Smart Car was the smart choice.  Nokomis was a parking lot for miles in all directions – we drove right in, a kid cheerfully pointed us to this spot where no one else would fit.  We couldn’t have found a closer spot!  🙂   ]

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[There mostly to see Julie and Bruce . . . ]

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[But the supervisor would have to do some shopping too.]

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[Grilling right outside Bruce’s tent.]

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[They say they do better CD sales at Art-in-the-Park than any other venue.]

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[“The Woods”]

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[The wind was at their back, so we were protected in the front row . . . ]

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[And it was howling too, with the temp in the mid-60’s.  Felt great, most of the time this is the hottest weekend of the year with temps in the 90’s.]

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[A closer look at the “skyline.”]

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[Lake Henry on the other side of the point had good surfing waves!]

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[Back across a quiet Lake Agnes.]

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[Crafts, music, and . . . food!]

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[The supervisor filled out a slip – she’s down to her last hundred quilts.  Yes, that is Burke Kiger.]

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[If you grew up in Alex in the 50’s, you had swimming lessons here – the City Park beach.]

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[The place was hopping – and 3 degrees cooler, we could have had snow!]

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[The cross-country coach told us later, we got the kettle corn from Megan, who with twin sister Bethany, are the best high school cross-country runners in the state.]

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[Say good-bye, Ruthie!]

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[The Smart Car is still there.  In this time frame, we also “experienced” Kalee Joy at the winery (too windy), The Salty Dogs at Bug-A-Boo (too noisy and crowded), and Components at SAWA (too noisy with bad sight lines).  Photographic evidence was hampered by the parentheticals.]

Up next:  Gotta get back to France.


[They call me Mellow Yellow . . . The class of ’65 was astonished we weren’t “carded” during lunch at Bella’s?]

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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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