|And here is OUR float! Damian is driving it and it's just full of all sorts of characters. But they didn't throw candy this time. :-)|
|They squirted silly string at us!!|
|Part of the Candy haul. Mmmmm, Candy.|
After the parade, people pack into the town hall for a pariotic salute/talent/variety show. It's always a lot of fun. Tandy has been in charge of that undertaking for a number of years (but not this particular one) and has clogged her way through a number of them, as well. Yes, Tandy and many of her friends know how to clog dance and do it very well, I might add. There was always an older gentleman who Emcee'd at this event, and he would always wave the American flag during musical numbers, etc. Since he's passed away in recent years, his son has taken over that job, so here he is below, waving the flag. Patriotism runs deep in little Kanarraville (population way less than 500, I think). This was a group of fiddlers. Check out the teeny-tiny fiddler in the next photo.
After the program we headed up to a place called "Cobble Crest." There is an old concrete shell theater/stage/dance/concert venue that has been a part of the town since the 1930's. There is a concession stand and lots of shady grass and picnic tables. We ate our lunch up there. Funds support the Volunteer Fire Department and definitely alleviates some of the stress of Pam having to feed everyone EVERY meal! She is such a great hostess for these events.
After Lunch, I took Eric & Berenice and went back to Cedar. I wanted to have a nap and cool off for a bit, so I made a couple of batches of cookies first, to take back and share for dinner, and THEN I napped. So did Berenice. I think Eric might have, too. We went back to Kanarraville and Pam's house and they put together a wonderful spread of hot dogs and cheeseburgers with all the trimmings. [their family had some water fights while I was home. part of the tradition i chose to avoid. ha] Then we waited for it to get dark and went to the church parking lot to set off massive amounts of fireworks and enjoy everyone else's, too.
|We were so glad Nick and Kaylee could come down for the holiday! Gail and her kids were there (and Seth off and on between other assignments).|
Damian had to leave in the wee hours of the morning to head home to CA as they are leaving and movers were coming to pack away their first and earliest shipment of stuff. They well be in Guam by mid-month! But Tandy and the kids will be here until Saturday, then drive home.
On the Fifth of July, Eric, Nick, Kaylee, Tandy, plus kids and their California Neighbors/Dear Friends who had come to enjoy the classic Kanarraville Fourth, all went on a hike to Kanarraville Falls. It's a gorgeous little slot canyon, just a mile or two from Pam's house. Amazing. I would have gone with them, but I pulled a calf muscle on our last day in DC and it's just not all better yet. I thought it was, but then when I jumped out of the way of a 4-wheeler while picking up candy at the parade, I pulled it again and was limpy the rest of the day. I didn't think it would be fun to try and jump over a rock and wrench it again, so I stayed home. It is really nice to have time off work.
Tonight (Friday the 5th) we have plans to attend the Utah Shakespeare Festival greenshow in the evening and then the kids are coming to my place for a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa. :-D
Happy Fourth of July, everyone.!! God Bless America.