Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Trip to Branson,Missouri

We went on Elderhostel to Branson, The Capitol of Country Music, in April 2006. The program included lectures by specialists from the theaters on costumes, lighting, sound, and dance. We attended several theaters for performances by Presley Family, The Comets, Dutton Family, and Shoji Tabuchi. All shows were the best and showed the format of Branson which is FAMILY, FAITH, and FLAG. The three FAMILY shows were filled with performers from the same family. The Comets were the original performers, all very old but still good. (the drummer was 87 years)
The shows all had moments of patriotism (FLAG) and several hymns (FAITH). Do not expect big stars at the shows. The only star performing during our visit was Andy Williams. The theaters are named for stars like Dolly Parton and Dick Clark but they are really in Nashville!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Famous Relative ?

I have been asked many times if I am related to Toussaint Charbonneau, who was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. My daughter Molly has finally found the connection, and a chart for defining the relationship. This chart establishes that I am his third cousin, five times removed. This means that I am five generations from Toussaint's third cousin. One of his grandfathers and one of my grandfathers were brothers.
The reason for the ? after the title was that Toussaint was not a sterling character. He had a couple of wives and was not too nice to them, and he may have tipped over a canoe on the expedition and lost valuable equipment. If you do a web search on his name, you will find lots of details on his performance, little that is complimentary.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Spring is official

We are now past the last frost date of May 15, although we have had some frost warnings in the past week. Today I decided to plant my tomatos and take a chance. I like Burpee Better Boy but could not find them at any of the usual stores. However, one florist had some very strong individual plants of Celebrity, Rutgers, and Roma. I decided this was the year to try some new cultivars (I think that is what they are called). So, in about 70 days we will be ready to do BLT sandwiches. In the meantime we will buy fruit at the Farmer's Market because they always are ahead of the amateur gardeners.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Elderhostel Visit to St. Louis

Had some feedback that I hadn't posted lately so I will bore you with trip news.
Wife and I went to St. Louis on an Elderhostel April 10 to 15. Actually the site was St. Charles, the first capital of Missouri and the launch point for Lewis and Clark. We visited several spots that were pertinent to their expedition and had a series of lectures covering their journey. Also studied the affect of slavery in Missouri and the impact on Ulysses Grant, who spent a lot of time at his wife's home there. Her father was a slaveholder. Third we had to visit Hannibal, home of Mark Twain. and see the fence and Becky's house.
Most important was our visit to the ARCH and up to the top on the little train for a view of the river and the city. 630 feet above the river! Aren't you impressed?

Friday, March 25, 2005

Mystery Book Published

I have just received the first 25 copies of "Labor Day Mystery" a Red Flannel Yarn dealing with the Adirondacks in the 1940s. This book was printed by Instant Publisher, a subsidiary of Fundcraft, printer of many cookbooks. Instantpublisher.com made my book from Word files I transmitted to them via Internet. They also have a library of cover designs you can use. At their site you can find an ad for my book under Mysteries and Thrillers.

Friday, January 14, 2005

War in Iraq

I have a question concerning this conflict which the media do not seem to address. With 150,000 soldiers in this country, why have we been unable to eliminate the rockets and explosives the insurgents keep using. The country is the same size as California and we cannot seal the borders or sweep the land free of the means of destroying our troops?

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

August 25

This was a good weekend. Saturday we had a birthday party at the New Shanghai in Auburn for grandson Ryan followed by a visit to the new Bass Pro Shops at the Fingerlakes Mall. Sunday had a visit from John and Carol, John worked with Norm at Technicon in Tarrytown. Haven't seen each other in 15 years.
Last Wednesday went to Stirling Ontario for theater musical "Anne of Green Gables"
Great performance and our bus group had three big meals that day! McDonald's Breakfast, Lumbermill Buffet Lunch, Cracker Barrel Dinner