Harvest Dinner and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Play




Hi and welcome to the blog.  Sunday was a fun day.  I heard about a couple of interesting events worth checking out… and they weren’t going to hurt the budget.  That’s a huge plus!  I’d been planning to visit a free Christmas play so the prospect of that and a church dinner was all the better.


A whole room full of people giving thanks and enjoying some good food and company.


The Methodist church in Anamosa has a free light dinner once a month for those in need:  elderly, disabled, those alone, or anyone else who could use a heartwarming meal.  Today was the Fall Harvest Dinner.  Everyone was invited.  I saw customers from McDonald’s, grocery store employees, friends I worked with at Wal-Mart, etc.  It was a really fun time!  The food (roast beef, ham, side dishes, rhubarb pie, etc.) was to die for.   Yes, that’s an insulin pen in the picture…  🙂  🙂  🙂  🙂


After the terrific meal, I headed to the town of Mount Vernon, located about 15 minutes away in Linn County.  This progressive community is home to Cornell College, a liberal arts school.  After the old high school building was retired about 10 years ago, it was made into a community center.  There are gift small shops, live theatre, and other fun things to do.  It’s a treasure not far from home!

Snoopy on top of the doghouse


Today’s play was “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  Despite it being a little early in the season, the play still seemed like a fun activity!  The play was much like the TV cartoon where Charlie Brown picks out a scraggly Christmas tree, people put him down, and then rally together to spruce up the tree and enjoy Christmas.  At the end the cast took their bows and sang some Christmas carols with the audience.  It was an enjoyable time!


The cast


“Linus” is on the left (without the blanket).  In the dirty overalls is “Pig-Pen” who played a cardboard “bass” during the performance.  In the yellow was “Charlie Brown”.  The adorable character in the white (with black splotch) and floppy hairstyle was “Snoopy” – the character who mimicked Charlie Brown and whose antics had us laughing all the time.  “Violet” was in the violet outfit.  In the blue was “Lucy” who was just as feisty as ever!


“Snoopy” — such a fun and cute character!


What I found interesting is that  Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy were played by ladies.  But everyone did a spectacular job and the audience had a lot of fun.  The performance brought back a lot of special memories.  Growing up, my nickname was “Peanuts” because of the love for the comics authored by Charles Schulz.  Today was a blast.


Anyone for a little psychiatric help from Lucy?


After the play I headed home.  I’d been thinking about sleeping out on Sunday but with nasty weather a warm night with the fur buddies was preferable.

One of these days there will be a little overnight camping trip when it warms up.  Jenny might get to ride along this time.  She’s getting antsy to go outside.

That’s about it for now.  I’ve got the Peanuts theme stuck in the brain for the time being.  (It’s even in my cell phone library – some people never grow up!)

Take care and happy travels!

Brad a.k.a. “Peanuts” and Jenny and Mister Duke
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Harvest Dinner and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Play

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    I see you have a new set up got confused there for a minute or 2.

    You sure did have a wonderful day. Nice meal, met old friends and then a great play. Sounds wonderful.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! I had trouble reading the post a few minutes ago as well. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for letting me know. I got the problem fixed and future posts should work better…Take care Jo! 🙂

  2. my_vantasy says:

    I love the Peanuts, too! In fact, I still have a box full of Snoopy VHS tapes. By chance, do you also like The Flintstones and Scooby Doo? Your Harvest Dinner plate looks good. I wonder, does Iowa have a lot of community meals or do you just have a knack for finding them? Either way, I enjoy seeing and reading your posts about them. Our local humane society has an annual Spay-ghetti Dinner that I attend. Proceeds help fund the spay and neuter clinic. They used to call it the “Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner”, but someone must have been offended and they shortened the name. Either way, they serve vegetarian as well as meat sauce, and it’s a great cause to support.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! We do have a lot of dinners like this in Iowa, especially in these rural areas. It’s a fun way to socialize. Yes, I actually watched The Flintstones tonight. I loved Scooby Doo back in the day. I joke with people about being like Thelma when I cannot find my glasses.

      I forgot to mention that yes, we have that same kind of dinner for the spay and neuter clinic. Jenny has a cute little patch of white fur on her upper chest from her spay. Take care! VT