Tuesday, July 26, 2016

56th Escapade, Essex Junction--Tuesday

Essex Junction, Vermont
Champlain Valley Exposition 

We were out the door this morning by a little after 8 this morning.  When we arrived at the Expo center, the line dancers were going strong.  They start at 7:30 am and there was a large turnout.  I understand one man who was dancing was 88.  

We spent a few minutes talking with friends and then went over to our booth.  We only had two positions available for volunteering left to fill.  It didn't take long before we had the volunteers.

It's amazing all the items that are turned into the lost and found.  The rest of the time was spent handing out their volunteer pins and entering them in the special drawing.  

I did attend the Geeks on Tour seminar on blogs.  The seminar covered how to set up a blog.  I was looking for hints on the comment section and other things.  The class was only an hour long so there wasn't time to cover those areas.  

The booth closed at 3 today so we took a break in the hospitality room.  Molly and Bob came by with ice cream bars for the staff members.  

You just never know what you are going to see here.

It had been so long since I sat on Santa's lap that I had to get a photo.

Of course, my lap also was occupied by Sarah.

Bill and Dennis had some time to discuss interesting places to visit.

Happy Hour was packed today and I have to say I'm surprised because so many chapters had social hours planned.  

Sarah took this photo of Bill.  She has so much personality for a seven year old.  My sagging neck still draws her attention and she loves touching my "turkey neck".

Since we weren't interested in bingo or board games we thought this would be a great night to go out for dinner.  Marilyn and LC were in charge of picking the place.  LC pulled up yelp and we found a Mediterranean Cafe nearby.  John drove his truck and the six of us were able to fit in one vehicle.  

We found this little small place that had two sets of tables for six and two pub tables.  It turned out to be a Greek restaurant. 

When the waitress came to our table, she apologized for only having 5 menus.  There were no other tables occupied.  
Bill and I ordered a Greek Salad with beef and lamb.  It was delicious.  They had Stella on tap which made  this little hole in the wall a great find. 
 Oh, yes, if you wanted anything else to drink, you were told to pick it out of the cooler.  

 It sounds kind of strange, but the food was great.  
As we were walking back to the truck we noticed this little home on wheels.
Marilyn, who is an excellent cook, invited us back to their home for dessert.  

Karen and John gave Bill a beautiful early birthday card.  He had tears in his eyes when he read it.  

I have no musical talent whatsoever, but I tried Marilyn's psaltery.  She bought it while in Florida.  It is beautiful but doesn't sound so great when I play it.

  I wish I had a close up of the instrument.  It is beautiful and came in a nice case and with a music book.  

Well we'd been gone 12 hours since we left this morning and I was ready to get out of my shoes and put my foot up for awhile. Reluctantly, we left the fun so we could rest up for tomorrows fun.  

Turtle Safely......

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