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.]

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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.

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One 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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