Monday, November 13, 2017

Urban Boatbuilders: Music from the Wilkinson James

Meet Chris:  The base player


Meet Liz, the vocalist.    Liz comes from a long line of singers.  Her mother is 80 and is still singing!  Good for her!

She comes from N Carolina.   But, she has lived in tropical Minnesota long enough to survive!


Check out their website here!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Urban Boat Builders: Craft Beer Volunteers!

Meet Jill!


She told me she is a hard working feminist who happens to love good beer and good people!   Nothing wrong with that!

Very nice meeting you, Jill.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Urban Boatbuilders Annual Fund Raiser: Craft Beers Volunteers!

Meet Karen!


Karen has volunteered with John to work toward restoration of wood and canvas canoes.  She was volunteering with Surly Brewing.    She always loved working with wood but was busy with her career.  So, she retired about a few years ago and has been able to pursue work working.    She is also an avid golfer and tennis player!

And, I will add, she was most delightful and charming.

It was lovely meeting you, Karen.   Thank you!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Urban Boatbuilders: Fund Raising!

Meet John!


John was supporting one of the beer vendors at the Urban Boatbuilders  fund raising.  He was with Lake Monster Brewing.  He's been helping re-build and restore wood and canvas canoes for 5-6 yrs.

Thanks John!  It was a sincere pleasure meeting you!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Minnesota State Fair: A Personality

Meet Barry ZeVan, the Weather Man


I recognized Barry right away.  He was a local weather man for Channel 11 here in Minneapolis in the 1980's.  Before that, he did the weather for Channel 7 in Washington DC.  He is an actor and writer and is best known for The Best of Hollywood (1998), Television: The First Fifty Years (1999) and Hiding Victoria (2006).

It was a delight chatting with you, Barry.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Minnesota State Fair

I love going through the grandstand shops!  You meet the funniest people!


They were selling sweets!   And they were having a great time interacting with the crowds!

Thanks ladies!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Minnesota State Fair

 Meet Bessy.


Yes indeed. we are the fair.  I really believe urban dwellers don't understand or appreciate the ag life.  4Hr's get attached to their animals.  And, often at the end of the fair, they are auctioned off.

It's hard work.   Often unappreciated.   But, those who farm love it...love the land...take pride in their work.  

Well done to all the farmers and those who support farmers.  Without you, we would be hungry.   Without you, a lot of the world would be hungry.   

And that is not lost on me.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Minnesota State Fair: Operation Sight and Soul

Meet the members of Operation Sight and Soul.  This organization consists of veterans from WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  Many are dealing with health or mental issues.  


The organization gets them out of the homes or care facilities, gets them together with their peers, and they sing. 

It was a delight listening to them.   They clearly enjoyed the time together.   And, the guitarist was wonderful, as well.


My sincere thanks to all of the men and women who served.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Minnesota State Fair: In the Grandstand

I always like going through the Grandstand at the fair.  There you will see all kinds of people engaged in the free market, selling slicers, dicers, license plate art, furniture, massage chairs and god know what else.

I loved seeing the booth that was selling artwork, jewelry and t shirts out of guitars and items to do with guitars.  There was a lot of jewelry made out of guitar strings.  

I didn't get this gentleman's name.  But, he had the right personality for selling guitar stuff!


And, I did chuckle at this t shirt.  For those who don't get it:  the Gsus is a G chord with an added 4th.  In this case, a C.

Very creative!


Thanks for visiting and letting me get a few photos!

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Minnesota State Fair: Scarecrows in the 4H Building

4H is a program designed to help youth learn and appreciate their rural heritage.  Besides caring for farm animals, there are a number of creative and craft things that 4H'rs do.

There was a very creative section on homemade scarecrows.   I rather liked these.





I have no idea if it actually works.  But, I did chuckle at it, and many of the others.

Well done!