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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • River Ramblings.....

  • Summer weekends are supposed to be fun and if they are busy, then all the better. Last weekend, with a run of dry weather, there was no call for the usual lawn mowing. Even the weeds in the garden have calmed down and the giant leaves of the squash plants have taken over. They are reaching into other rows where they aren...
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  •     Summer weekends are supposed to be fun and if they are busy, then all the better.
     Last weekend, with a run of dry weather,  there was no call for the usual lawn mowing. Even the weeds in the garden have calmed down and the giant leaves of the squash plants have taken over. They are reaching into other rows where they aren’t supposed to be. But try telling that to a vine that is out exploring new turf. You can lead them back to where they belong but they will be back and will be bigger than ever.
        I did scratch around in my garden long enough to pick a few of the remaining peas, a few more beans, pull a few weeds and then call it good. The plants are taking care of them- selves and, except for some timely watering, seem to be on their own. We’ll see how that goes.
        Instead of yard work and other chores, spending an afternoon at New London’s music festival seemed like a better choice. In their shady park near the mill pond, the music sounded terrific. I could have listened to each of the bands a second time. A few other folks from our area were there too and we joined former Stony Runners Howard and Verna Patrick for the occasion, which was held about two blocks from their New London  home.
        My old college friend Bill Gossman has his pottery studio and kiln just up the road from them, too. He was elected mayor of New London a couple of years ago and was serving as the all-around greeter and host of the festivities. He had a nice crowd to greet and it was a good way to spend a fine summer afternoon – much better than tending to duties back home, especially when there is always another day for that.
        By early evening, the music was over and after some more visiting, we headed back on Highway 23 and got to downtown Granite in time to catch the last couple of songs performed by Mike Gill and the PHO, the opening musicians at the Riverside Jam in Sorlien Park. Mike Gill and his friends sounded terrific as they cranked out music that doesn’t get heard often enough in this part of the state. We wish we had heard their whole set and will make sure to do that next time.
        The Walking Phoenixes played next and did a great job of running through a bunch of Johnny Cash songs as well as several others. You can often tell if a crowd is enjoying them selves by the number of people who are dancing and that number kept growing.
    Page 2 of 2 -     At the end of the evening, Mike and his friends joined the Phoenixes for a couple more songs. There were 13 musicians on stage by then and their blended sound was great fun to hear. The crowd responded with even more dancing. It was a nice event  in a great setting. A fun ending to a very full day.
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        Earlier on Saturday, several folks attended the memorial service for Barbara Carlson. She passed away last February and since then her family has been planning a memorial service back in her home town and her home church.
        It was fun to see several faces from the past. I was about 11 or 12 years old the last time I saw her son Steve. He graduated from high school in 1964 and his sister Kitty graduated in 1961. As a kid, I had both of them as teachers during swimming lessons at the old pool.         Reconnecting was nice and seeing both of them got me feeling a bit like a youngster again. Steve even gave me a momento from his mom, who was one of the most civic-minded people I’ve ever known.        
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        One of the bigger surprises of the weekend was being on the winning team in the Chamber’s annual four-person best-ball Ag-Open golf tournament on Friday. That’s not much to my credit, however. Although it’s fun to try a couple of times a year, I’m really not much of a golfer.
        Dick Jepson recruited Tim Knapper again this year and that was a very good move. Tim hits the ball long and straight and accounted for many of our shots. Tim Douglass hit the ball well, too and Jepson and I each had a moment or two. Mostly we were along for the ride. It was fun however and the Ag-Open once again had a good turnout.
        It was a busy weekend.

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