Grape Stomp ’18

September 14

That time of year again. The Stomp has had weather issues in the past; and this year the forecast was for possible storms on Friday and Saturday.  Fortunately, they didn’t happen.  But Saturday and Sunday produced heat indices in the mid-90’s!  

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[Friday was overcast with a bit of dewpoint.  We went out early afternoon for Anthony Miltich.  This was the first photo op that caught my eye . . . ]

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[Then Anthony caught my eye . . . ]

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[Good stuff from our old friend . . . ]

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[We were there with our usual music partners, Dave and Karin Berg . . . ]

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[And were subsequently joined by Dave’s brother Loren and his wife Dee . . . ]

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[Dave and Karin thought they heard the pop of a wine cork from bottle of Reserve Marquette.  They, the Super and me, would leave a little early to nap before going to see Dan Mahar at the Garden Bar that evening . . . ]

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September 15

Saturday was just too damn hot!!

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[Sunday morning on Lake H2Obert – starting to take on the look and feel of fall . . . ]

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[Before the last day of Grape Stomp, we had the Anderson’s annual pot luck and stinging insect festival – this year at Smokey Timbers . . . ]

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[Yes, the Alexandria Andersons!  Happy Birthday, Alice!  (Sorry we forgot your card in our car.  It happens.  All the time.)]

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[I’m always amazed that potlucks always seem to have the right combinations of food products?]

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[Dig in, Harvey!]

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[In case we forget where this took place . . . ]

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[We started eating outside, but the wasps and flies overwhelmed our food . . . ]

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[Our departing walk up the hill (that’s Lake Miltona is beyond the tree line) . . . ]

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[The Super heading up hill to our car . . . ]

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[It was hot again, with 30 mph winds – a good day for a ride in the country with the convertible roof down . . . ]

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[Pretty ride from Smokey Timbers to the winery through farmlands in or near harvest season . . . ]

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[See a bit of Lake Miltona here . . . ]

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[Now we’re on the homeward stretch to the winery with Lake Ida to the right . . . ]

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[Mid-September, leaves they are a’changin’ . . . ]

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[The sunlight sparkles off the cars parked at the Grape Stomp . . . ]

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[And we’re there . . . ]

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[Vendor tents amassed . . . ]

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[Turning in past some grape vines . . . ]

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[To field parking . . . ]

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[Premature wine . . . ]

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[And we were there for Josie . . . ]

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[It was too windy for videos . . . ]

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[She’s two weeks into her sophomore year at Concordia Moorhead . . . ]

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[But it was the biggest Sunday crowd I can recall – I think Josie did pretty good with her tip jar!]

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When life gives you lemons, make grape juice and let them wonder how you did it.  ~  Unknown

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