Friday, August 21, 2009

The unveiling ceremony that wasn't...yet

The Town of Colonie was supposed to hold its unveiling ceremony at The Crossings tonight for their new veterans memorial. Alas, like so much else this summer, heavy rains caused the event to be postponed. Thinking the event was to be held "rain or shine", the HH* and I showed up anyway. But one look at this nearby picnic pavilion, now an island, and I could see the wisdom of postponing tonight's events.

HH and I were still able to admire the memorial. We both liked the words of dedication:
Erected and dedicated in memory of all who have served and to those who gave their lives in the service of our country in all her conflicts by the citizens of the Town of Colonie.

It was poignant to see how many folks had come tonight, despite the foul weather, to seek out the bricks engraved with the names of family and friends who have served in the military.

The good folks of Colonie will try again for the official unveiling on Tuesday night, Aug. 25, at 6:00 pm. Look for the Blue Star Mothers, who will be laying a wreath. Despite our name, we usually wear red shirts.

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*HH= handsome husband.

Brother Jon's and Little Miss Muffet

Bee Balm Gal was in Oregon this past week visiting family and checking out a new restaurant.

My son was out front greeting guests and helping with orders when we arrived for our first dinner at Brother Jon's Public House in Bend, Oregon. I may not be an unbiased reviewer, but I thought our salmon dinners, the special that night, were excellent.
Handsome Husband liked the garlic mashed potatoes with a bit of peel left on and I enjoyed the asparagus that accompanied our salmon. All the food was fresh and cooked perfectly.
(That red pepper crab soup you can see on the menu board was awesome.)
The full crowd of mostly thirty-somethings seemed to be enjoying their evening, as well. Brother Jon's wants to be a family-friendly place and the number of small children and babies we saw there during our visit indicates that they have achieved that. So if you find yourself in central Oregon, check it out. Tell John his mother sent you.

As delightful as our dinner at Brother Jon's was, the real highlight of our visit was this Little Miss Muffet, posing so prettily on a "spider web" in the children's play area at The High Desert Museum in Bend. Grandchildren, I am discovering, are pretty darn terrific.

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