And So It’s Summer . . . *

*  Meaning it’s like Florida . . . I don’t like that one bit!

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[The night before and opening night for theatre performance for the season . . . ]

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[Two famous Hoosiers meet again.]

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[Mr. Shelby introduces VocalEssence for a little . . . ]

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[Shenandoah]

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[Theatre night, the logo is back . . . ]

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[And Shelby meets another Hoosier!]

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[What can I add?  The Super was there for her free weenie!]

And so it was lake pump time . . .

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Later that same day . . .

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[We would be next door at the Runestone Museum soon . . . in the meantime, it was time for a stroll through the now almost completed Maritime Gardens.  A great venue for summer music and other stuff!]

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[They’re worldwide, you know . . . ]

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[Music in the Garden will begin soon . . . ]

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[Loon nests]

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[The maritime-themed gate was made by sculptor Larry Meyer.]

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[And, of course, the reason we were there, the Brandenburg Exhibit.  It will be at the museum through October.  How highly would we recommend it?  We had to go back for another glass of wine halfway through the 90 photos!  🙂  ]

Friday . . .

The start of Awake the Lakes (i.e., summer) weekend to include the Ribfest, the Vikingland Band Parade, Girls Hockeyfest, Legion Baseball Tournament, Buggsy Malone, and other things I’m sure I’ve already forgotten, all of which we could not attend because . . .

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[Josie at the winery (from her FB post).]

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[We laugh because it always seems she hits bad weather when she performs here.  She started setting up outside but then moved in when the weather arrived.]

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[Her fan club.]

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Later . . .

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[Photo courtesy Terry Kennedy.]

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[It rained here too, but it was a marvelous show that we hope will be reprised in other venues.]

The next day . . .

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[So, we were here at 9:00 am to help.  It didn’t rain, but it was hot!  Oh, and Big Ole is 50 years old now and needs a complete makeover.  I know I needed a makeover at 50!!]

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[Where we are.]

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[Our old buddy Al Skaar.]

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[An 18-pound walleye??]

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[The Cub Reporter makes his contribution to save Big Ole.  Is this photo proof enough for the IRS?]

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[Kids drawing “selfie” backgrounds.]

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[Mmmm, blueberry pancakes!]

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[Yeah, I got it all under control!]

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[There’s just not enough mustard . . . Oh, my forehead tattoo – my job to pass out to the kids.]

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[I was All-World hopscotch.]

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[Brad, our immediate supervisor.]

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[A voyageur (not to be confused with a voyeur).]

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[Brad posting the storytelling times.]

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[Paulette, the storyteller.  Of course I joined the kids in class – I’d never heard the story how dogs lost their tails!]

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[I’m still here!]

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[The gunslingers . . . ]

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[The musicians.]

Next . . .

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[A short stop at City Park, first looking across at whence we came where they were now setting up for Ribfest.]

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[Then it was on to the winery for an oh too short visit with Julie and Bruce, a/k/a Patchouli.]

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[The Super chipped in with some good ones!  🙂  ]

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[Then it was back to City Park to hear a state of the state from Representative Erin Murphy, St. Paul.]

Next . . .

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[Then it was off to Bug-A-Boo Bay to see the Salty Dogs, where, of course, it rained again.]

And Sunday . . .

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[Josie was back at the winery.  She finally got a nice day . . . ]

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[We only stayed for two sets.  We were pooped.  We learned all our friends showed up after we left?  😉  ]

It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman – they remain beautiful and the snub recoils.  ~  Winston Churchill

Up next:  Que sera sera.

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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1 Response to And So It’s Summer . . . *

  1. jamig4 says:

    Boy, we sure missed a bunch while up North at the Harn!!

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