Annual Christmas Play 2009

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart

Before The Play Starts Cavorting Must Go On! (Page Two)

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Before the Christmas play 2009
We started this tradition in 1987

Did you know? - A tradition is a practice, custom, or story that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. Tools to aid this process include poetic devices such as rhyme and alliteration. The stories thus preserved are also referred to as tradition, or as part of an oral tradition.

Traditions are often presumed to be ancient, unalterable, and deeply important, though they may sometimes be much less "natural" than is presumed. Some traditions were deliberately invented for one reason or another, often to highlight or enhance the importance of a certain institution.Traditions may also be changed to suit the needs of the day, and the changes can become accepted as a part of the ancient tradition.

 

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Dave and Del swap stories outside

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It was a rainy day so we went inside before the doors opened!

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Dave, Nancy and Cathy

It Begins Officially Now

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Mick Bolinger invites us in at 11:00 promptly

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Del and the girls

Did you know? - The girl's name Miranda \m(i)-ran-da, mir(a)-nda\ is pronounced mer-ANN-dah. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "worthy of admiration".

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Connor and Jeanette join the festivities

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Vicky is clicking away...

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Mike has his two glasses of Vodka

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Miss Laurie is ready for the holidays

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Sue greets Greg and Luba


James and Linda

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Jeanette

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Michele and Sheri in matching colors

Did you know? - Green is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nanometres. In the subtractive color system, it is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue, or yellow and cyan; it is considered one of the additive primary colors. On the HSV color wheel, the complement of green is magenta; that is, a purple color corresponding to an equal mixture of red and blue light. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory (RYB), the complementary color to green is considered to be red.

The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things. Several colloquialisms have derived from these meanings, such as “green around the gills”, a phrase used to describe a person who looks ill.

 

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The guitar player provides delightful music as we dine

Did you know? - The guitar is descended from the Roman cithara brought by the Romans to Hispania around 40 AD, and further adapted and developed with the arrival of the four-string oud, brought by the Moors after their conquest of Iberia in the 8th century. Elsewhere in Europe, the indigenous six-string Scandinavian lut (lute), had gained in popularity in areas of Viking incursions across the continent. Often depicted in carvings c. 800 AD, the Norse hero Gunther (also known as Gunnar), played a lute with his toes as he lay dying in a snake-pit, in the legend of Siegfried.

By 1200 AD, the four-string "guitar" had evolved into two types: the guitarra moresca (Moorish guitar) which had a rounded back, wide fingerboard and several soundholes, and the guitarra latina (Latin guitar) which resembled the modern guitar with one soundhole and a narrower neck.[ In the 14th and 15th centuries the qualifiers "moresca" and "latina" were dropped and these four course instruments were simply called guitars.

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Greg with Mom and Dave do a fruit cocktail salute

Did you know? - Fruit cocktail or fruit cup is a mix of diced or sliced fruit and sometimes syrup.[1] It is often sold canned and is a staple of cafeterias, but can also be made fresh. The use of the word "cocktail" in the name does not mean that it contains alcohol, but refers to the secondary definition "An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood". Fruit cocktail is sometimes used to make pruno.

In the United States, the USDA stipulates that canned "Fruit cocktail" must contain pears, grapes, cherries, peaches, and pineapples, otherwise it cannot be called fruit cocktail. It should contain fruits in not less nor more than the following percentages:

  • 30% to 50% diced peaches, any yellow variety
  • 25% to 45% diced pears, any variety
  • 6% to 16% diced pineapple, any variety
  • 6% to 20% whole grapes, any seedless variety
  • little to no cherry halves, any light sweet or artificial red variety

Both William Vere Cruess of the University of California, Berkeley and Herbert Gray of the Barron-Gray Packing Company of San Jose, California have been credited with the invention of fruit cocktail.

 

Before the Christmas Play 2009
Mick Bolinger tells the story of Pete's request from Iraq!


Pete says "Hello to all and order a Bolinger Cut of prime Rib for him... and a beer!!"

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"OK, where is the mistletoe?"

Did you know? - Mistletoe has sometimes been nicknamed the vampire plant because it can probe beneath the tree bark to drain water and minerals, enabling it to survive during a drought.

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Franklyn is telling a whopper!

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James and Linda

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"Sniff sniff... Snort snort... gargle gargle... Bob is our Connoisseur"

Did you know? - Wine's quality can be judged by its bouquet and taste. The bouquet is the total aromatic experience of the wine. Assessing a wine's bouquet can also reveal faults such as cork taint, oxidation due to age, overexposure to oxygen, or lack of preservatives and wild yeast contamination due to Brettanomyces or acetobacter yeasts. Although low levels of Brettanomyces aromatic characteristics can be a positive attribute, giving the wine a distinctive character, generally it is considered a wine spoilage yeast.

The bouquet of wine is best revealed by gently swirling the wine in a wine glass to expose it to more oxygen and release more aromatic etheric, ester, and aldehyde molecules that comprise the essential components of a wine's bouquet.

Pausing to experience a wine's bouquet aids the wine taster in anticipating the wine's flavors. The "nose" of a wine - its bouquet or aroma - is the major determinate of perceived flavor in the mouth. Once inside the mouth, the aromatics are further liberated by exposure to body heat, and transferred retronasally to the olfactory receptor site. It is here that the complex taste experience characteristic of a wine actually commences.

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Laurie and Dave

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Mike with his specks on

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Nancy takes it all in

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What is this woman up to???

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Vicky and neice Miranda

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The Duda's

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Some serious 'splaining going on here... Theo points out something

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Out by the tree

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In The Lobby With Miss Laurie

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Paul Devoured Pete's "Bolinger Cut"

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One big serving!!!

Did you know? - A standing rib roast is a cut of beef from the rib section, which is one of the eight primal cuts of beef. The entire rib section comprises ribs six through twelve of the animal; a standing rib roast can comprise anywhere from two to seven ribs. It is given the name "standing" because it is most often roasted in a standing position, that is, with the ribs stacked vertically and the vertebral processes on the bottom. An alternative is to cook with the rib bones on the bottom and the vertebral processes removed for easier carving. A standing rib roast, if sliced when uncooked, would yield a number of rib steaks. Rib eye steaks result from removing the bones and most of the fat and lesser muscles (tail).

A colloquial and popular term for this cut is "prime rib". Historically, this name stands out regardless of the grade. In addition, the USDA acknowledges this historical note by not requiring the cut "to be derived from USDA prime grade beef". The technical name, per URMIS (Uniform Retail Meat Industry Standards), is "Beef Rib Roast"

 

Before the Christmas Play 2009
"Come get it!!"

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Mick bought Pete's dinner!  Of course, Paul ate it for Pete!

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What is he doing now???

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Paul was supposed to be in the picture but was
being accosted by an Obama supporter

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Theo get excited about the show

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Page 5 - After The Play | Page 6 - Group photos | Page 7 - VickyCam