After a warm welcome back to Kansas at the end of August and continued 90+ degree days through the first days of September, this week we had a taste of fall. Rainy, damp days with highs in the 50s aren’t the norm for late summer, but are definitely a reminder that autumn is just around the corner. Yesterday and today are gorgeous days for any season!
We have been so fortunate since school started that Sedgwick has had quite a few home volleyball games and we’ve been able to attend and watch Jadelyn play. Sedgwick volleyball girls have the reputation year after year of being tough competitors, and this year is no exception. They played in a tournament yesterday that we weren’t able to attend. One team, which shall remain nameless, declined an invitation to play because Sedgwick would be one of the opponents! Jadelyn and her friend Addie Jo posed with their medals afterwards.
While Heidi and Tim were cheering on the team, we drove to Abilene, KS to meet up with a group of people with whom we had volunteered at Golden Bell. We had lunch together at the Brookville Hotel. This building in a replication of the original Brookville Hotel in the tiny town of Brookville, KS. It had its origins serving railroaders but the railroad relocated its round house to Junction City and traffic slowed. The Magnuson family bought the business in 1894 and Mrs. Magnuson’s cooking gave the hotel a reputation for good food. However, it wasn’t until 1915 when the Magnuson’s daughter Helen Martin started the Family Style Chicken Dinner that it really took off. The business has been in the Martin family since 1933. My parents’ 40th wedding anniversary celebration was held there, in that original building, and yesterday’s meal seemed very similar, still served family style and still never an empty serving dish on the table. The business moved to Abilene in 1999, closer to the interstate highway that still provides customers on a regular basis on Wednesday-Sunday.
I thought I’d show a throwback to our family gathering in 1973 in the old building as well as a current room upstairs. The comparison shows how close to the period they got on the new building, wallpaper and furnishings included.
Yesterday we ate in the biggest dining room with four other couples. The food was wonderful and so was the companionship.
After a round of goodbyes, we drove to Manhattan to visit my sister Mary Jo and her husband Ray. Since it’s only about 40 miles from Abilene to Manhattan, it would have been a shame to miss seeing them. It’s been a year since we had been there. We were so busy talking that we didn’t get any pictures, but it certainly was good to spend time with them.
Today our church started having Sunday school classes again. I’m so glad, because we really miss spending time with our friends. LeRoy was on the building committee for Northridge back in the very early 1970s and we are both founding members, having at one time or another attended each of the three churches that went together to form this congregation. While the number of original members is dwindling, we still have many dear friends in the group and it is so good to see those familiar faces, as well as the younger generations that have been added.
We’re looking forward to warm days and cool nights as we get closer to the autumnal equinox. More fun times with family and friends are in the offing! Stay safe and well, everyone.