Memorial Day Weekend With BAT

Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale, Wednesday & Thursday

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[Brenda and BAT are road warriors, through a hub somewhere in the Great American Southwest.  They travel hither and yon to bring joy, music, and entertainment to the teeming masses (and sometimes just to audiences).  Alexandria is the only place in Minnesota where they have performed, this being their 3rd or 4th year (but who’s counting?).  The Super has yet to miss a performance.  This is Thursday night, where every chair in the place was reserved.  I ‘missed’ Wednesday night (my only BAT miss) because it was a Ladies Night Out.  I figured Ruthie and Jami and friends wanted a night out to do whatever ladies do when they aren’t chaperoned?]

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Arrowwood, Friday

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[On the deck, the most beautiful day in the merry, merry month of May.  We were happy to see “Baby Bruiser” had returned to work the summer here, and I had my first deckburger of the season!]

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[People were boating over . . . standing in line waiting for open tables.]

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[The Super says, “G’night, see you at the winery over the weekend!”]

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[And as the sun sinks slowly to the left, we make our exit.]

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Carlos Creek Winery, Saturday & Sunday

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[We suspected the Saturday afternoon performance would be ‘weathered’ to inside.  It was a gray day, but the rain held off.]

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[Self-admitted avid BAT fans who, to this day, do not appear to have suffered any visible mental or physical side effects as a result of such.]

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[Whatta guy!]

The first of four BAT live videos featured here, Malaguena:

[BAT:  Whew!  That was pretty fast!  Me:  Adrenaline rush!]

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[Closing with the avid fans . . . and the Super’s dream car.]

Sunday . . .

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[On Sunday, the first annual!  I think it succeeded beyond the winery’s wildest expectations for yet another rainy day.  Great crowds.]

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[As usual, the Super wins again . . . the first drawing for a door prize!]

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[We’re inside today, so BAT has downsized from stocking feet to bare feet . . . the Super captures the action for Facebook.]

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[Brenda visits our table . . . well, actually it was his table first.  The guy in the right background appears to employ my “camera grin.”]

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[Let’s rock ‘n roll!]

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[It’s a PAR-TAY!]

Video, Piano Man:

[Apologies for the cinematography, I was reaching into my pocket so the Super could “put bread in his jar!”  And to show this attracted an audience far beyond the immediate Alexandria metropolitan area, the Super’s late dance partner in the video is from Sartell.]

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[Something about a winery that produces great dancing . . . well, enthusiastic dancing!]

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[Conga line!!  The Super brings up the rear.]

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[Well, OK, let’s go around again!]

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[Local DJ Michael Wright and, I believe, Michelle of the winery  do another on the half hour drawing.  I never won, but then that’s appropriate for someone who’s trying to provide fair and balance reporting.]

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[I win!  No, I win!]

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[Over the years we have introduced hockey moms, basketball moms, baseball moms, all rightfully so, and now we bring you track dad!  Doug Hasz, of course, has twin daughters, juniors this year, who are Top 10 in the country in cross-country.  His kettle corn is pretty good too!]

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[That keg, containing beer and wine (?), was auctioned off to the gentleman in the gray shirt, who is photo posing with the Schell’s beer guy and the winemaker.]

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[Brenda wonders, “Should I have made a bid?”]

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[The Super and I wandered out for the slow dances and rocked back and forth trying not to tip over.]

Video, More Than A Feeling:

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[Get down, get funky!!]

Video, Don’t Stop Believing:

What a way to rock out!  BAT does it all from Willie Nelson to Steve Perry . . . Did I mention the guy never takes a break during a 3 – 4 hour show?

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[Thanks to our table hosts, and . . .]

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[Say good night, Christine!]

Wives are people who feel they don’t dance enough.  ~  Groucho Marx

Up next:  I think today’s softball game will be rained out, so likely cruising the Danube.

About tomobert63

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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