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Oh Yeah, the Murder Mystery!

I had meant to make a Post Rehearsal Post last night, but I was too tired (you know, Tired Tuesday). I also meant to take a few pictures at rehearsal, but, well, I forgot. Oh dear.

I think it’s a nice poster.

Steven and I were delighted to see the above flier on WKTV’s Morning Mug Club yesterday morning. I have not heard how ticket sales are going, but a lot of people have expressed interest.

Rehearsal went pretty well. I think we need a little more work on lines, but we’re getting there. I, personally, am trying to learn everybody’s lines, so I can help if there’s a problem during performance. One would think this would be easy for me, since I wrote the whole thing. What, am I supposed to remember everything I ever wrote? That would be difficult, especially since I continually strive to write more of everything.

I guess you can read all the information in the poster (I’m having a little trouble with the Preview function on my Tablet) (imagine that: me having trouble with an electronic device! Say it ain’t so!), but in case you can’t: Donate to Murder, interactive dinner theatre, will be presented to benefit Herkimer County Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Herkimer Elks Lodge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, available at the Historical Society or by calling 315-866-6413.

Fun Party, Late Post

For this week’s Monstrous Monday Post, I thought I would share a few pictures of the Boo Bash at the Herkimer VFW last Saturday. Unfortunately, after I had downloaded the pictures from my camera, I was too tired to finish the post on Monday. So I thought I could finish it the next day and market it as a Tired Tuesday post. And now here I am Wednesday morning and still nothing published. Judge me if you are so inclined.

Steven especially liked the Reindeer antlers.

Our friend Tracy was visiting us from out of town. At her current job she is known as a woman who wears many hats. She decided to embrace it for her costume and wear almost every hat she owns. I should have taken several views, because you can’t see all the hats. I missed a bet!

I liked Steve’s had, too.

Steven kept it simple with a Halloween sweatshirt and pumpkin hat. I walked around snapping a few pictures of the decor.

He looks as if he’s making a little bow.


Nice centerpieces.
The bartender said this was his brother.

The DJ was from Bug Country, a local country radio station. He kept the party going with door prizes and good music.

He was fun.
A closer look at his costume.
He brought a couple friends.

There were a lot of fun costumes, but I only got a picture of my favorite. During the costume competition, I was among the people chanting, “Bridezilla! Bridezilla!”

Her groom was pretty cool, too.

After I took the picture, Bridezilla laughed at herself because she was smiling behind the mask. There were a lot of reasons to smile. It was a fun night.

Why in the world did it take me three days to make a post about it? Discuss amongst yourselves.

We Chow Down in Herkimer

Steven and I have been wanting to go to the Herkimer Downtown Chowdown for a while now. Tonight we finally made it.

We enjoyed the music from the band while we scanned the food trucks, deciding on our repast.

Nice lady!

I must return next week to purchase a t-shirt. I chatted with Melody Couchman, the volunteer selling them. She graciously allowed me to take her picture. She told me the band was called Last Left. We agreed that ’70’s and ’80’s music was great.

I wish I had gotten a better picture of the band.

We really enjoyed Last Left. Another local band to watch for! When I walked by to take a picture, I saw that Herkimer High School Class of 1983 was the sponsor of tonight’s event. I think my high school class ought to sponsor something!

We both felt full from dinner. However, after looking at some of the stuff offered by the Mad Batter Bakery (don’t you just love that name?), we reconsidered. Steven had a chocolate filled finger, and I had a plain donut. Then we were really stuffed!

I could have sat and listened to the band longer, but we needed to get home. For one reason, I wanted to make this blog post. I was happy to see so many people out enjoying the evening and the event. We also saw a lot of cute dogs. Altogether a very enjoyable time.

The Herkimer Downtown Chowdown is held every Monday, June to October, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Myers Park in Herkimer, NY.

Thank You, Elks and Others

People have been helping people a lot this year, and I have had my share. Today I got a free turkey from the Elks Club, an offer they made to everyone who was laid off from my previous place of employment.  They sent a letter with a form to fill out saying you wanted a turkey and how many in the household.  Then they sent a voucher with instructions for pick up.

This morning, I went to Mary Street, where Herkimer Elks Lodge is located, and there were not many cars in front of me.  I had my mask on, as did the volunteers, and I did not have to leave the car. 

The view from the driver’s seat.

Two volunteers met me at the end of the street and looked at my voucher.  As I drove past, I thought to grab my phone and take a couple of pics for a blog post.

I stuck my phone out the window to try for a better shot.

Santa Claus handed me two candy canes.  I said I had to get a picture of him for my blog.  The other volunteers told me I could take him with me if I wanted.

“Hop in!” I said, but he did not avail himself of the invitation.

It was quite a fine Santa suit.

In addition to the turkey, they gave us potatoes and a box of stuffing mix.  The food was in a nice reusable bag.  What a generous gift!  A paper in the bag told me it was from the Doug Christman Project.

Several organizations involved!

Now that I am gainfully employed again, I must find ways to pay this forward.  In the meantime, the turkey is in the freezer, and we may use some of the potatoes tomorrow in a Shepherd’s Pie.

 

Yay, Rock City Runners!

So I did one thing today. I volunteered for the Turkey Trot 5K sponsored by Rock City Runners of Little Falls, NY. My job was to (wo)man an intersection, keeping traffic at bay and runners on track. I was assigned an intersection above the hospital. It was a quiet zone.

I figured me cheering on runners was quiet enough.

I got there early and paced around waiting for the runners. They were to pass below me on Burwell, run by the ballfield, then by me and on. This will make sense to those familiar with Little Falls, but I imagine other readers will catch up. So to speak.

See the haze in the background?

This is looking down from where I stood. I could see the runners but distrusted my ability to photograph them.

I watched for runners from this direction.

When the runners went by me, I cheered them all on. I wished I was one of them but know that volunteers are important too.

My view most of the time.

It started to rain and pretty much did not stop, so I took a shot that showed my umbrella, for which I was grateful.

I must say it is more fun to run than volunteer, but I do not rule out doing it again. For one reason, I know I am contributing to a community event. This one raised funds for two local charities. Yay, Rock City Runners!

Good Sale, Good Cause!

Well, I’ll be damned! I thought it was a rummage sale, but it was an Indoor Yard Sale! Whatever you call it, it is a good sale for a good cause, the Dolgeville CAT Project Trap/Neuter/Return.

I never knew there was an old Dolgeville Library.

Last week I drove to Dolgeville to drop off a few donations to the sale. One of the ladies working today recognized me from when I dropped them off. Since I had gotten rid of a few things, I felt justified in purchasing a few more. Yes, I have too many things, that is why my house is such a mess, go ahead and judge me.

Ooh, what a nice Santa!

At least I kept myself from getting any more Christmas decorations! We have so many, we never bring them all down from the attic in any given year.

There was quite a wide selection.

I did not look much at the clothes, except for two pairs of sandals trimmed with rhinestones. However, I resisted them as something I would probably rarely wear. I picked out a few CDs with local music. How could Mohawk Valley Girl resist local music?

I didn’t get any toys, either.

I did find a set of stackable desktop trays. Just what I need to organize my coffee table! I also picked up a rectangle cake pan. I like cake. Then I grabbed a smallish cloth bag and a laptop bag.

After I had paid for my purchases, I put the CDs in the small bag and the cake pan in the laptop bag. One of the ladies working found a large cloth bag for the desk trays. I happily paid another dollar for the big bag. It is a nice bag!

The sale continues till 3 p.m. today, Nov. 13, and continues Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local readers, I encourage you to check it out!

Good Music at the Chowdown

I have been interested in the Herkimer Downtown Chowdown for a while but did not make my way down till tonight. I had a letter I wanted to mail, so that worked out: I go right through Meyer’s Park on my way to the post office. I brought my Tablet to take some pictures, and made sure I had a mask.

I could smell tantalizing aromas as I got to the park. I had my purse with me but knew it would be far more sensible to go home and heat up leftovers. I mailed the letter first, then went back through the park, Tablet on Camera mode.

Italian Ice! Yum!

I wanted to get a picture of all the trucks, but I purposely tried not to get any people. Sad to admit, but I did not feel like talking to anybody, asking permission, taking names, etc.

Said to be good for allergies. However, I am pretty set for local honey right now.

I think I’ve heard about Brewvey Bites being other places locally. In any case, I like the punny name.

A big draw for me was live music by local musician Max Scialdone. I have heard him before and liked him. I stood by a tree and listened to a few songs. I especially liked Margaritaville. He substituted Herkimer for one of the Margaritavilles, and his whistling was awesome.

The tiki torches were a nice touch.

I was wishing I had brought a lawn chair, as some people had. However it was a little chilly for the way I was dressed (I had been misled by a hot flash before I left home). I enjoyed what I heard.

I don’t know how long the Chowdown will go on. The Facebook event says they are the second and fourth Monday from July to September. I’m glad they went at least one Monday in October, so I got a blog post in. I’ll have to watch to see if it happens again. If not, I shall look forward to next year.

Here’s a Suspicious Bunch!

This is another Pre-Rehearsal Post.  The rehearsal is for Donate to Murder, which I believe I have mentioned before.

Here we are at the read-through.

Before the read-through, I took a few mug shots of the suspects.

She appears to be a loving Flower Child, but appearances can be decieving!

 

He looks so friendly, you’d never know he was such a stinker. Did I say that in my out loud voice?

 

He looks suspicious! Or is he looking suspiciously at me?

 

WAY too handsome to be a murderer! (Yes, that’s my husband, why do you ask?)

Our friend Kim was late, so I did not take her picture.  I bet I have one in my Media Library.

Maybe they’re in it together! Say it ain’t so!

So the only suspect I haven’t shown today is me.  Oh, all right, I’ll find a picture of me!

Clearly this woman is not to be trusted.

I will not look like this in my costume, although I may have such a silly grin on my face.  I can’t always help the doofy faces I make (although sometimes I do it on purpose).

I guess I haven’t said much about the mystery itself.  Right now I will just say Donate to Murder is Friday, March 27 at the Travelodge in Little Falls.  For more information, contact the Herkimer County Historical Society at 315-866-6413.

 

Winning Prizes to Help the Cats

So on Friday I declared I would be posting every day.  It only took me till Sunday to make a liar out of myself.  Now here it is early Monday morning and I will attempt to finish what I started last night (I am going to give myself credit for at least starting it on Sunday).

I walked from my house to the VFW  in Herkimer for the H.A.LO. Chinese Auction.  HALO is the Helping Animals Live Organiziation. It is a no cage, no kill cat rescue organization in the Mohawk Valley. Their annual Chinese Auction is huge and hugely popular.  I donated an afghan.

Tables and tables of fabulous prizes!

I had a fun time putting in my numbers for various prizes.  I put in for a print, jewelry, baskets of different things, gift certificates, and more. I ate a hot dog.  My friend Kim joined me, and I helpfully tore her tickets while she made her selections.  It was getting close to time to draw winners!  We also put in for the 50/50 and Baskets of Cheer, which included Tylenol, much to our amusement.

We got a glass  of wine and walked around again, pointing out to each other what we did and didn’t try for.  Then we went and chatted up the bartender.  We liked him.

Mark Sommer and Kim Darling.

It took a long time for the HALO people to draw all those prizes.  We all looked at our tickets and hoped! I won a tote bag donated by Weisser’s Jewelers.  Score!

Everybody hoped to be a winner, and a lot of us were!

We had a great time for an excellent cause.  Now we can look forward to the HALO Hoedown in September!

 

Dull Post, But I’m Going to be Bald!

So I thought I had enough time to make Tuesday’s post on Wednesday morning before leaving for work, especially since I can get on the laptop and type with all ten fingers.  Well, it turns out not so much.  For one reason, I have a metal splinter in my right index finger (occupational hazard) and it hurts to type all those letters.  Perhaps the stylus would be better, but who has time for these things?  Not me.

Anyways, never mind why I did not publish this yesterday.  Explanations are so tiresome, and my complaints are usually even more so.  Instead, I will use this brief post to remind my gentle readers (and the tough ones too) that I am getting my head shaved to raise money for cancer on March 14.  Here is the link for donations:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1043508/2020

I got one online donation so far, and some bucks from generous co-workers.  I hope to thus justify my bald pate.

Oh, crap, I have to get ready to go to work.  I knew I should have gotten up at four.