Yesterday evening, at dinner, Erich and Rosalie Klippel called Dick & Irma Halstead to verify that it would be okay to bring me (Lottie) to their home in Palmyra, NY. They were inviting me and my chick to travel with them!! They were leaving bright and early the next day for their winter quarters in Myrtle Beach, SC., where they rent what is advertised as a “Lakeside Villa”; however, it is actually a nicely furnished 2BR, bath and 1/2, kitchen/living rm combo Park Model at the Lakewood Camping Resort–a very fun Ocean Front facility with lots to do and many friends to do it with…most notably their joined-at-the-hip square dance friends, Andy & Kay Anderson, of the Cayuga Cut Ups, and Union Springs, NY.
As you can see, all went well in the loving transfer of custody. Of course, with it being just three days shy of Christmas Eve, it seemed appropriate to take communion in celebration of the occasion, and especially the birth of Christ, His love for us, and our love for each other.
When they saw my chick riding along, they noted that my love is also manifest in my tender caring of my chick, so securely and contently nestled on my back. They made sure that both sides of the accompanying card are legible so that all who view this can share in the wonder of Minnesota’s State Bird. (Oh, I’m starting to miss all my Minnesota friends again.)
For the next two years, Dick & Irma are presidents of the Rochester Area Federation of Round and Square Dancers, embracing eighteen clubs from Buffalo to Syracuse, and South to Bath, NY, near the Pennsylvania border. They belong to The Southern Tier Wheelers and are NE Area Representatives for the NSDCA; The Shamrock Squares, an “A” club in Rochester, a Mike Callahan Caller Run Club; and the Copy Cats, in Pennfield, NY. During the winter in Myrtle Beach, they belong to three clubs there also…and hope to find me and chick a new home there this winter.
Myrtle Beach also hosts the Carolina Festival the last weekend in January and other big dances throughout the winter featuring Tony Oxendine, Jerry Biggerrstaff, Tim Mariner, to mention a few. The point being: I will have many opportunities to discover who might love me the most…and carry on this fun and adventurous trip. Oh I’m looking forward to all that dancing in South Carolina!