Well we survived another gun deer hunt/Thanksgiving/Craft show. Yes, I did have a very busy week and came out happy and alive. Many thanks to all of you that did stop in to say hello or to shop at our Harris Villa 2nd annual show. Our entire group sends a warm hug to Nan Hinze of Harris Villa and all of the residents that allowed us to share their space once again. We enjoyed two days of laughter, food and great shopping .A generous donation will be made to the activity fund to provide live music and entertainment thanks to all that bought baked goods, Villa crafts or just made an outright donation. The opportunity to shop local, find one of a kind items and share smiles with some awesome folks was a blessing that we are thankful for.
A unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving with a fun loving family was found by the Marcelains of Westfield. The family gathering took place at the home of Roger and Dawn Marcelain on Saturday evening. 30 members (or 1/3) of the family showed up wearing their most ugly Christmas/Holiday attire known to exist. You should have seen the green corduroy pants Maggie Cairns wore...complete with embroidered candy canes! In my opinion Maggie won first place when topped with her zip up cardigan. Several runners up chose equally interesting sweaters, vests and jingle bells. Julie Meyers claims she brought the mistletoe but then forgot it in her vehicle. The family bonded over quality time spent with a cell phone or tablet in hand. I did not see evidence of Stef's outfit but I am told that Autumn Kemnitz's attire made her proud to be part of the family. Season's greetings to you all. That apple sure didn't fall from the Aunt Maggie tree.
Austin Smith, my nephew from Ozark, AR took on the role of turkey chef for the 2nd year in a row. Austin helped cook dinner for the Smith family in Mulberry, AR. Bethany and Joshua Smith took the role of tree decorator and helped create family memories for their parents Dawn and Michael Smith. Later in the day they all helped Grandma Bell pick up pecans in her yard. I expect to receive some in my Christmas gift from the Smith family straight from the south.
Happy birthday wishes are extended this week to Mr Dave Kanara of Harris Villa celebrating another year of laughter and sunshine on Dec. 5.My Mom,Kathy Goldsmith of Ward, AR is another year younger on Dec 06 and she will enjoy her gift of local Marquette county news for another year via me and this publication. Dec 08 we wish Paulene Purdy a wonderful birthday. Dec. 9 I send a birthday hug to Virginia York of Westfield and Scotty Zuehls of Germania. Happy anniversary to Deb and Kurt Albright of Harrisville on Dec. 10. Also to John and Carol Clendenning of Harrisville who will celebrate 25 years of marriage on Dec 10. Happy birthday Dec. 10 to Pam Peterson of Oxford, Samantha Street of Jefferson and to Jennifer Marcelain of Virgina. Happy anniversary to Dawn and Jeremy Albright of Harrisville on Dec. 11. Happy birthday to Ricki Schraufnagel of Montello on Dec. 11. Best wishes to you all.
Dec. 7 Oxford, WI will hold their very first holiday parade at 5:30 pm. the line up will start on Smith street by the park, go north and turn west on to Chauncey Street, continue to Franklin St. and turn north to the library where a tree lighting ceremony will take place. The ceremony will be held in Driscoll Park. Join in the fun and bundle up to stay warm as the Oxford Fire Dept. helps ring in the Holiday season.
Last Monday the retired men of the breakfast club met at the Pioneer restaurant in Westfield. Don Lange and Roger Goldsmith of Newton joined Fred Wenzel of Coloma and Mark Schumacher of Richford for some hunting talk, fishing dreams and overall entertainment. There is a few inches of good ice on the local ponds so the fishing countdown is on. How many times will Roger get out on the ice this year? He has to top over 100 trips from last season but something tells me this will happen with little problem.
Many thanks to Immaunel Lutheran church of Westfield and to Pastor Schultz for leading worship last Tuesday at Harris Villa. Good to see some familiar faces join the celebration of his word. Thanks also to Jerry Rau for assisting and for his frequent visits to our facility. We send hugs to the Henke sisters who provided such beautiful flower arrangements for our dining tables. We appreciate your kindness.
Mabel Janke of Westfield had fun hunting for antiques recently with her husband Dan Mabel unearthed an antique shoelace machine. Their daughters thought that Mom already had a priceless antique in their father. The couple did some small business shopping on the weekend and stopped to see what the vendors and crafters at Harris Villa had to offer.
The terry and Chris Wollert family of downtown Budsin enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family members that were able to join them. A family friend from AZ also made the trip. The house full was rounded out by 3 dogs and 3 cats. As always there was so much food to enjoy along with the great company.
Shirley Bethke of Germania accomplished her 1000 piece puzzle. She is putting it back in the box and getting ready to start on another. Tuesday the couple drove to Oshkosh and saw Don's doctor. They had dinner at Friar Tucks. Wednesday their grandson Dustin Bethke came to Germania to do some hunting. He shot a doe. Thursday Don and Shirley had dinner at Lisa's house with her family and Doug Bethke. They all had a great time getting to know each other. Friday Molly, Maddie and Brooklyn spent the day with great Grandma and Grandpa and Grandma Roxanne Delfosse. The girls had a blast playing in grandma's closet. The purses got lots of use in their 3-girl fashion show in the living room. Saturday Scotty Delfosse of Oshkosh visited the Germania woods and his grandparents don and Shirley. Doug Bethke took a walk in the woods trying to rustle up a deer for his nephew. Thanksgiving leftovers were enjoyed for dinner. Scotty returned to hunt on Saturday but didn't feel well and took a nap at his grandparents before driving home. Don did some pruning of the plum trees over the weekend. Shirley talked to Bill Tagatz in AZ and Sunday the couple watched the Bears/Vikings game. It's not over until the fat lady sings!
Many thanks to Mary Rose and her sweet man for thinking of us and donating extra pies from the Westfield community dinner. Many folks enjoyed the excess and your thoughtfulness. Delicious! My thanks also to you both for being loyal readers of this column. See? If you live here long enough you will get to know most everybody in your community...as long as I know them. It is always a joy to hear from readers and know that my cold fingers at the keyboard are appreciated. Have a wonderful week and be creative with your turkey leftovers. If you run out of ideas, call me. I have a few tried and true recipes for leftovers.