When the days are as mesmerizing as the past several have been, the compulsion to linger outside and simply “seize the day” is strong.
The poignant tune “Autumn Leaves” comes readily to mind as trees shed their summer coats like so many raindrops, and the vivid array of colors across the landscape is a constant source of eye candy. Shades of goldenrod, scarlet and rust abound, accents against a sky so blue it can seem as though one is seeing it for the first time. And recent sunsets? Positively awe-inspiring!
One of the loveliest local views: looking south towards Lake Okabena along Whiskey Ditch. But really, almost any direction delivers appealing tableaus.
I’ve been striving to devise a means of drinking in so much of this color that it will, like jars of canned ripe tomatoes and summer peaches, last through the long, white winter that’s bound to arrive, but we know it’s impossible to hang onto this season indefinitely.
How can a person stay inside when today–pick whichever of the last days you particularly enjoyed–could be the last “nice” day before the weather takes its inevitable turn for the worse?
Playing for the Supremes
Sixteen volunteer musicians from the 54-member Worthington High School orchestra, under the direction of Melanie Loy, provided pre-dinner entertainment for the Sept. 30 meal at which the Minnesota Supreme Court Justices were the guests of honor.
Maybe it’s because the orchestra typically garners a smaller, more select audience than the marching band (which by its very nature has the chance to parade before thousands of people during the course of a season), but many attendees expressed delight and were duly impressed with the disciplined group of students serenading them on string instruments.
Among those applauding the orchestra’s efforts were the Supreme Court Justices themselves–notably, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea and Associate Justice David Lillehaug, the latter of whom grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., and has ties to the Worthington area.
“My father was a band director, so I have a special appreciation for the dedication it takes to become an accomplished musician,” Lillehaug wrote in personal letters Loy said were sent to each participating student in care of the high school after the occasion.
It was an honor–one not likely to be soon repeated–to host the entire Supreme Court of Minnesota in Worthington over a two-day period, and the gracious attention, humility, intelligence and empathy of each Justice was readily on display.
And while the Justices won’t collectively be back in town for awhile, all interested parties may hear the nearly 190 local 7th through 12th grade orchestra students in concert this Monday at 7 p.m. at Worthington High School.
Revisiting Weenie World
Having previously spilled some secrets of a workplace lunchroom and revealed that my husband’s colleague “Todd” is a hot dog aficionado, I wasn’t surprised to receive the following message from “Todd’s” wife–which I thought, given the abundant portion of interest expressed in my “Hot Dog!” blog, many readers would relish reading:
“Just as a point of clarification: ‘Todd’s’ meal today was actually ‘lite’ turkey cheddar wurst–not hot dogs–ha! We actually don’t serve regular hot dogs very often, but ‘Todd’ is a fan of brats and Polish sausage, so we let him have those periodically! The rest of the family are not such fans of tubular meats.”
Makes you want to run to W-2′s Quality Meats for a batch of fresh, flavored brats, doesn’t it?
Happy Birthday to Ray!
Yesterday marked the 84th birthday of a Worthington treasure: Ray Crippen. Ray, a former Daily Globe editor and local historian, still contributes weekly columns to the paper, and dozens of people have told me they look forward to his work more than anything else the Globe offers.
And why not, when he is a walking encyclopedia of Worthington and Nobles County people, places and things? His knack for sharing memories in a dryly humorous manner, and for making historical events many would dismiss as boring into episodes of intrigue and inspiration, is exceptional.
In addition, Ray has long been a thoughtful, generous mentor to writers and historians, and those of us fortunate enough to benefit from his experience and friendship couldn’t be luckier.
Thank you, Ray, and best wishes for a much-deserved happy birthday!