Tuesday, March 23, 2010

View From The Bridge 3-24-10

“VIEW from the BRIDGE”
By Muncie

Most of the past week when I walked the Levee Trail, there were not as many people as there were today (Sunday.) It was 68 degrees around 2:00 p.m. and the Trail and Old Bridge were filled with Visitors. It was overcast until about 4:00 p.m., when the sun appeared for a while. The slight breeze was warm and but not chilly as in previous days. It was glorious day.

I met a Canadian couple with their son near the Old Bridge. They were from Alberta and we chatted for a long while. Their son is a history buff and guess what! He found Fort Benton on the web site. Go Sharalee and Rodger. That is something you will like to see. I related the activities upcoming that included the Mullan Road Conference/Steamboat arrivals 150th anniversaries that Fort Benton will celebrate in May. I also told them about Summer Celebration (tied into those above anniversaries) and they said they would certainly be back.

We also discussed the many Canadian Visitors that Fort Benton has had and that our two countries are bound together by historical events. They laughed at that statement knowing about the whiskey trade. We talked about their Fort Walsh and they politely said that it had nothing on what Fort Benton had to offer. They had walked the entire length of the Levee Trail and were impressed with the historic signs. I jokingly said that I was waiting for Canada to join the United States and they smiled while in return invited us to join them.

We also conversed about health care issues. I asked many questions because of all the rumors I have heard about their system and they satisfied each one. I will not go into the discussion and if you want to continue the conversation…call me and like our Superintendent Scott, I will buy the first cup of coffee.

On Tuesday evening, March 30th, we will by entertained by Mudd Bay Jugglers & Tune Stranglers. Just their name entices me to check on them. How can they possibly do so many things? They juggle objects; weave theatre, dance, and comedy into an entertainment experience. The group is from Olympia, Washington and has been working together for 30 years. They should have their act down pat by now, wouldn’t you think? There will be plenty of music, mirth, and many surprises.

The Tune Stranglers is referred to as “a circus that plays music.” They have been together since 2003 performing with stringed instruments, washboard, and the clarinet. They play jazz, 1920’s old-time, country, bluegrass, and blues music. Add to that, cowgirl yodeling, and uptown crooning. It doesn’t get much better than that.

There are only two C.C.P.A. shows left this season so “Come on along, come on along, and listen to the band.” Pub night is the next and last, on Thursday, April 15th and that “Buddy Holly Night” will take your mind off what you just paid in Income Taxes.

Let’s fill all those seats at the Elementary School as we did with the last C.C.P.A performance of the Foot Hills Brass.

Gentlemen, kindly take your ladies to the Grand Union for a Poker Special Steak dinner and an evening of cards. After dinner, the ladies will retire to the lounge and the gentlemen to the poker tables for the tournament. The games are limited to 40 players for a buy-in and no re-buys. Dinner reservations begin at 5:00 p.m. and the long awaited games begin at 7:00 p.m. Get your reservations in early because this second annual tournament has quickly become the favorite night in town.

The differences between this tournament of today’s standards and of yesteryear are obvious. There will be no guns allowed on the premises, no smoking of cigars and cigarettes, no “Ladies of the Night” about to give attention to the highest winners, absolutely no cheating, no cursing at a bad hand, and no losing one’s temper. So tell me, what fun is that going to be? However, see you there and good luck to all that attend. All are anxious to see who the big winner will be this year.

We have a grandson, Zeke Grovenstein, who is a United States Marine and was recently sent to Afghanistan. He is the son of Darcy Morger Grovenstein and Glenn who live in Prescott Valley, AZ. Their sons Whitney, Emory, and Zeke are all serving our country. Whitney is training to be a helicopter pilot, Emory is in R.O.T.C. and Zeke is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps. Their pictures appeared in the River Press not long ago. Their daughter, Lacy, recently committed to the Army but has to graduate from high school.

I would again like to make a list of all the young women and men who are serving our country. Once before, several years ago, we had pictures and stories about some of these “protectors” hung in the T.C. Powerhouse building windows. They had to be taken down because the windows sweat and the poster board they were on, warped.

I would like to again accumulate pictures (5 x 7’s) and find a place to hang them. I saw a great display in Chinook at a restaurant that we could copy. I was told by the restaurant owner, that each family sent their own pictures in frames. The display included WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the present conflict. I have pictures of that display and what I need now is someone, very artistic, to help organize this project. In the meantime, please call me with your sons, and daughter’s names, and addresses. Everyone in town should know who they are and where they are. God bless America, all our servicemen and women, and all of us here in the United States of America.