We, being the Neighbors, went to Nite at the Races. This is one of CASA’s annual benefit event. Rick always pays for a table and we go and have fun. The event consists of a buffet style dinner and 8 actual horse races shown on-screen. Guests use fun money provided in their race packets to place bets on the horses, which are sponsored and named by area businesses. Rick always sponsors a horse he names for his wife Rumi. Dee and me standing in line to place our bets. Rumi and Dee waiting for the evening to start. Steve, me, Dee, Katy and Gail (Katy’s friend) at our table. Rick, Rumi, Mark and Val were also at our table but they were checking out the silent auction items when the photographer came by. The buffet is always BBQ with potatoes, baked beans, salad and this year assorted cup cakes for …
The New Theatre Restaurant has a sleek new look, a blend of art deco and futuristic elements that represents a top-to-bottom redesign of the theater, lobby, restrooms and serving areas. The updates are a nice addition to the buffet and plays. The new chairs had not arrived in time so we had the old chairs, which aren’t that bad. We have season tickets and love our table. We are on the 8th row, center of the stage at a table for six even though there is only four of us. “Forever Plaid” was the first show presented by the New Theatre when it opened in 1992. “Forever Plaid” is an internationally acclaimed musical revue that tells the story of four young, eager, male singers. The group in 1950 meet their demise in a bus crash on the way to their first big concert.  Every evening they return from Heaven to …
Steve and Ricky bid on a wine tasting at the CASA Sweetheart Dinner and Dance. We provided the place and Ricky and Rumi provided cheese and fruit. Connie and Phil brought his homemade salsa, it was really good. He has promised that he will bring us some when he makes it this summer. We had 19 people, who all seemed to enjoy the wine and visiting. This is a picture of the group taken by Rick. Makes the house look really BIG!After the wine tasting we celebrated the neighborhood birthdays. We hadn’t done this in a while so we had six to celebrate; Steve, Holan, Dee, Bob, Chris and Rumi. Before the cake cutting Dee and Holan got into a sword fight with the knives. As we waiting for who knows what, the group gathered around the island. Looks like everyone is praying over the cake. Happy Birthday Everyone!!
The Sweetheart Dinner and Dance was held at J.W. Crancers with cocktails followed by dinner and dancing. We enjoyed Chicken Florentine served with pasta and with marinara and 3-cheese Alfredo sauces, green beans salad and french bread. A dessert bar topped off the meal with the cheesecake bites and cream buffs being most popular. We all enjoyed the dancing and the interesting conversations during the evening. Our group was joined by Phil and Connie, who several of our group knew from working, walking and/or doing plays. Such a fun evening! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs are 501 (c)(3) organizations that must raise their own funds to maintain their programs in any given community. CASA programs use average citizens to advocate for children who are abused and neglected and are involved in the court system. Each individual program trains and certifies its volunteers and relies solely upon their investigations and …
The boys had an early midnight to welcome 2015. We found a count down from another country on the computer and let them do their poppers. It was fun watching them and then we sent them off to bed.     
Suzy and Rick had played LCR in Madisonville with friends, and thought we might enjoy playing it on New Year’s. They went to Target and found it on sale for something like 49 cents. The game can be played with money or chips, they use money instead of chips. LCR  is a dice game that is very easy to learn and simple to play. It is played with three dice and doesn’t require any strategic skills, giving beginners the same chances of winning as experienced players. This makes LCR a good game for kids who don’t like losing — nobody is out of the game until someone wins, and when that happens, everyone else loses at the same time. We had six to eight players and the two boys, Cameron (age 3) and Dexter (age 5). The boys joined us in between their different activities. This is how you play …
We saw “Shear Madness” at the New Theatre Restaurant. The guest star was Richard Karn best known for TV’s “Home Improvements.” Also so appearing, Jim Korinke, who appeared in the first local production of “Shear Madness” in 1988 and has been in every subsequent local version since then. Dodie Brown, Craig Benton, Ron Megee and Cathy Barnett rounded out the cast. We had never seen Ron Megee in anything but really enjoyed his performance as a gay hairdresser. At points in the plays, the cast really had problems not laughing at themselves, which made it even funnier. Part of the fun happens before the play actually starts, as Barnett spruces up the salon and gives Brown a real shampoo. Megee squirts white goo onto Benton’s head which turns to pure slapstick and is quite funny. Once the play starts, it is an audience-participation murder mystery and played strictly for laughs. …
The day Miss Tobie moved into the new home, we placed her in a cloth dog kettle to keep her safe while things were being moving in. She was not happy and learned she could “walk” the kettle across the floor.  
While out shopping for new furniture with Holan for her new apartment, we were going back and forth between Ikea and Nebraska Furniture Mart. We were meeting Holan at Ikea, to do a second look at the living room furniture. As we came up the escalator we noticed a man asleep on the couch. We joked – wonder if he comes with the couch? Not that she would want him, he just looked like he was right at home. It was a good laugh.
We had heard a lot about Holy-Field Winery but had never been there even though it is located in South Leavenworth County, only 15 minutes from our house. Dee, our neighbor, has been there many times and has picked grapes for several years. This is such a popular activity that we had to sign up in July for the last picking day in October. It was a beautiful sunny morning with crisp cool air. We arrived at the Vineyard and received instructions from Les & Michelle Meyer (father & daughter) on how to harvest the grapes. We were to clip the vine close to the grapes and let the bunch drop into our hand. The grapes were to be placed in a large white bucket. As we harvested, people would be coming by collecting the grapes. Moving up and down the rows we looked for the wine fairies hoping to …
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