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.
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!
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!
“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!
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.
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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