A Reunion of “The Biddies”

May 16

[We left Noblesville, a northern suburb of Indianapolis, the evening of Tom’s graduation to visit Ruthie’s sister Rita in Nashville, Indiana, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.  We had not been there in four years, the year Tom graduated from high school (see, blogs are useful for tracking such things!).  We were shocked when we arrived to notice there was a new house under construction in the lot next to hers (by an 88-year old widower, no less) – it had been vacant since at least 1972 when Rita moved into her classic square log home.  She always wanted that lot if it ever went up for sale . . . it’s a long story.]


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[First of things to do in this quaint artist community of 830 citizens (the county seat of famous Brown County and the only incorporated town in the county) was to walk  a couple blocks down Rita’s street (Artist Drive) to the extraordinary county art gallery.  The place is huge, befitting Nashville’s artsy-fartsy status (McDonald’s (yes, and there is also a Subway) was not allowed to put up its golden arches because it violated community standards).  Incidentally, Rita was the county’s school nurse.]

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[Bill and Judy Zimmerman are Rita’s neighbors, and we got to known them quite well during our visits over the years.  Bill died in 2011, and the gallery has a studio dedicated to him.]

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[Now we know why it takes “Crazy” Dave so long to get back from Florida every year!]

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[David Dale is another artist with whom we’ve been friends for many years.]

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[Bill’s studio.]

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[Then back to wandering – this place is ginormous!]

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[Bill was a famous bird painter, but here he did bears.]

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[Reetz in between Dave and Cindy Dale on the left and Bill and Judy Zimmerman on the right.  The photo is from 2010.]


[We have three of Bill’s owl prints at home.  Oh, and he also did the mobile.]


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[Then it was time to resupply the liquid grape.  Yes, a guy actually did drive his car through the door!]

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May 17

[The Super’s son Rob dropped by for a visit.  Well, it was more than a drop by – he lives in Ohio so we don’t get a chance to see  him much.  It was good to have a whole day with him.]

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May 18

[Hey, let’s do a walkabout!  The population may be less than a thousand, but there are three stoplights in town.  This place goes tourist crazy in season, which is most of the year.]

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[We’re in the “mountains” of Brown County, and Brown County State Park is known hither and yon.]

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[This is on the town’s main intersection.]

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[City and/or town murals are becoming popular.  These were two of several in Nashville.]

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[There are several commerical streets, and they all look pretty much like this.]

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[The courthouse bison.  No, I don’t know why?]

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[Back to “city” center.  That’s the Hob Nob Cafe on the left, where we would be dining that evening.]

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[But now it was time for a late brunch at Bobby Knight’s Sandwich Shop!  Hoosier-mania!]

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[Never pass up a mirror!]

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[The famous “chair toss”!]

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[And now we’re at the Hob Nob for an evening of fine dining.  Jeff Foster was excellent on guitar – I was surprised I couldn’t find any good YouTube videos of him?  He needs a good promoter!  As we passed his table on the way out, I asked him if he’d be interested in playing Alexandria, Minnesota – his wife almost gagged on a brussel sprout!]

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[Leaving the Hob Nob for the 4 block drive back home.]

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May 19

[What?  Another huge, new public building, this one housing the Brown County Historical Society.  Along with their super library, this small town has more conference rooms than the Minnesota State Senate building!  The place was closed when we got there – no problem, Rita went home and got the key (she’s on the board).  The town raised $4 1/2 million to build this place.]

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[Kinda what Reetz’s house looks like on the inside – well, the square log walls.]

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[They could fit the entire town in each of these “rooms.”]

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[Taken under orders from the Supervisor.]

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[Reetz heads to the far windows for the best overview of Nashville.]

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[And here it is.]

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[The record room.]

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[Then off to the aforementioned McDonald’s.  This opaque glass display is a tribute to Bill Zimmerman.  When Bill was in failing health, this place had the easiest access.]

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[And then on to a new county walking trail, also a result of community donations.]

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[I made it!!]

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On sisters:  My sister asked where Nicaragua was. I said, “Central America.” She said, “Oh so near Kansas?” I see a pole and body glitter in her future. ~ Anonymous

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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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