Monday, September 2, 2013

The 120 party

It was the weekend for the 120 birthday party where a lot of the family and friends of the Pengilly woman and her eldest son gathered to celebrate their birthdays. Both ages were round numbers and the total of their two ages is 120 years. You can do the math. There was much laughter and consuming of food and drink. I didn't get a head count, but it was a crowd. I brought along the Prairie Princess for her first visit to NCW's lake and her first chance to meet some of the family. There was a cake and a video presentation of a lot of photos from the lives of the principals. The celebrants are pictured below with the cake.

A hit activity at the birthday party was the photo booth. The idea was to don a costume or disguise and have your picture taken. These fun loving folk are the North Country Woman and her children in self selected disguises.

The weather turned to rain in the late afternoon, but the party went on under the rented tent and around the tables of food set up in the garage. There were several photographers, but I managed to get some shots of the attendees. This one depicts the NCW with grandchildren in her living room as the end of the birthday party was approaching.

Mark and Peggy arrived yesterday about noon after the party had dispersed. We had a chance for to talk and to eat together. They missed the big crowd, but had a chance to visit the lake and enjoy the north country atmosphere. Mark and Peggy posed just before they left for home this morning on their shiny new motorcycle.

Today was Farmer's Day in Bovey. I hadn't been there for the celebration in 53 years, so I thought it might be fun to stop to see what was going on. It was meant to substitute for a visit to the State Fair, a visit that I was unable to complete this year, mostly due to scheduling conflicts, extremely hot weather in St Paul, and a couple of days of fatigue from playing tennis in the extremely hot weather. Farmer's Day seemed to be a good substitute for the fair, a remedy better than more cow bell, so we set out this afternoon to see Bovey. I was going to get a photo to post to the blog, because if there's no photo, then there was no event. Well, there's no photo, because there was precious little in the way of event. I did run into an old classmate and her hubby, and I guess that made the day a little bit better.


Santini said...

Ahhh. Nice write up, nice event, and quite nice photos. At least we know the party happened. I saw the line of storms going through that part of the state, and was glad there was shelter available for the attendees. I wish I could have been there to soak up some of the north country atmosphere -- and OK, some of the cake. And to help celebrate of course.

Too bad about Farmers Day -- I don't remember it being a big deal when we were kids, either. The big street carnival in town was over the 4th of July, I think, in those days.

Rest up, sounds like you've had a big weekend.

Jimi said...

Santini: The party was fun. The cake was pretty good, although the order was screwed up some and the pudding filling that was ordered was nowhere in evidence.

Sometimes getting old, in addition to not being for sissies, can be a lot of fun. With the right attitude.

Santini said...

Hmmm. Pudding filling is over-rated. I prefer a raspberry filling, myself.

From the photos, it looks like no one was too depressed about the passing of a decade.

BDE said...

I was looking forward to pictures of the big party and was not disappointed. The PW (or is the NCW?) looks great, very happy, and, maybe more importantly, slightly zany with she and her children in disguise! Normalcy is overrated. It appears a good time was had by all.

Anonymous said...

It was a wonderful party! The only way it could have been better is if all of you had been there.