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The Day After

Saturday, December 10, 2011

semi-overcast 37 °F

Bob, Shirley, Don and I returned to Ryan And Khristina's house on Saturday morning for breakfast. We had bought bagels from our favorite bagel joint and they were so delicious. My family was all in attendance, as well as the BF'ers. We all visited while munching. Ryan stopped in for a while, also, and regaled us with stories from their after party at the bar of the Hotel Utica. It seems quite a group of them stayed until the wee hours of the morning.
At noon time my sister, nephew and niece, along with their significant others decided they had to get on the road, and they all departed. The remainder of the crowd, along with quite a few friends of the bride and groom, and the groom, went to the Saranca Brewery for our own tour. It had been many years since most of us had taken a tour and we had lots of fun. The tour ended in the 1888 Tavern where there is a beautiful bar and many beers on tap! What a surprise! Also at the bar were all of their bottled beers and sodas, of which we were all able to sample two. My favorites are the Orange Cream soda and Diet Root Beer.
Saranac Brewery

Saranac Brewery

Million dollar clock!

Million dollar clock!

P.T. Barnum's desk

P.T. Barnum's desk

In the brewhouse

In the brewhouse

Belly up to the bar, mates!

Belly up to the bar, mates!

1888 Tavern

1888 Tavern

Having a brew

Having a brew


When we had all had enough beer we decided it was time for lunch before the BF'ers headed home. Don and I introduced the crowd to another one of our favorite haunts, Casa Too Mucha, a local Mexican Restaurant that is within walking distance of the house. After lunch the BF'ers headed west.
That left Bob & Shirley, Steve & Donna, Justin & Gwen and Don & I.
Sadly, the wedding and reception are all over with, but they were such fun! We all had a great time and are so appreciative of those that were able to attend either or both events. Ryan and Khristina were so pleased, as well.
Signing off for now. New blogs probably in the spring and summer.
Thanks for reading!

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The Second Big Day finally arrives!

Friday, December 9, 2011

sunny 38 °F

Friday arrived cold and overcast, as expected. A few issues arose pertaining to the reception, but luckily all was worked out. Don and I took Bob and Shirley to our favorite local breakfast joint, The Bagel Grove. It was delicious as expected and as usual. Then we took them to Whitesboro, Don's hometown, and introduced them to our travel agent at the Cruise Wizards. Brenda had done all the work for our 12 day Alaskan Adventure and Bob and Shirley wanted to be able to say "thank you" in person. We had a nice visit with Brenda then continued on our way.
Sadly, Norm could not go.

Sadly, Norm could not go.

What a beautiful place.

What a beautiful place.


There were a few reception errands for us to take care of and then, before we knew it, it was time to get ready. My brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Donna, arrived from New Hampshire and we all gussied up. We all arrived at Union Station to see a beautiful sight. Lots of round, white-clothed tables with candles and beer bottles! In order to find your seat you needed to read the beer chart, then proceed to the table with the corresponding beer. Quite clever. There was also a scrumptious candy buffet set up by my brother-in-law, Dick and his wife, Julie. We had the biggest shrimp I've ever seen along with other goodies for appetizers. The dinner was set up in stations (pretty cool, Union Station, and all) that included three delicious salads, chicken kabobs, grilled cheese sandwiches (yum) and a mashed potato bar! Three different kinds of cakes rounded out the feast.
Candy Corner's candy buffet FABULOUS!

Candy Corner's candy buffet FABULOUS!

How about those shrimp!

How about those shrimp!

Wow, was that cake good.

Wow, was that cake good.

The wedding grand marshals.

The wedding grand marshals.


Everything was wonderful! We had a terrific DJ and photographer who kept the party moving right along, and a great bunch of family and friends there to help celebrate. The dancing was fast and fun, with all kinds of music. I believe everyone who came had a great time. Don and I tried our best to visit with all the friends and family, but I' m sure we probably missed someone, it all seemed to go so quickly!
The happy newly-weds.

The happy newly-weds.

The happy parents

The happy parents

Our good friends Sandy and Ralph

Our good friends Sandy and Ralph

Newly engaged to be married in Sept.

Newly engaged to be married in Sept.

Ryan and his new father-in-law, Brian.

Ryan and his new father-in-law, Brian.

BUNCO Pals!

BUNCO Pals!

The old married couple

The old married couple

BF'ers (don't even ask)

BF'ers (don't even ask)

The Orilio boys

The Orilio boys

family photo

family photo

The Dynamic Duo

The Dynamic Duo


After all the festivities were concluded, Bob, Shirley, Don and I went to our friends, Sandy and Ralph's house to stay because there was no room for us at the inn. Actually, Ryan and Khristina had invited our family to use their house and it was full! We were so pleased! Sandy and Ralph invited the four of us to stay with them and we had a very nice visit!

Sad to say, it was all over, but happy it was all a wonderful success!

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Our First Guests

Thursday, December 8, 2011

sunny 40 °F

We woke up to a common weather day here in New Hartford, overcast and cold, low 30s. Ryan went to work, Khristina had reception errands to take care of. Don and I did a little Christmas shopping this afternoon and then we drove to Syracuse. Our friends, Bob and Shirley, flew into Syracuse this evening and we picked them up. If you remember, they are full-timing in their Lance truck camper and we did Alaska, Vancouver and Seattle with them. Right now they are working in Tucson, AZ on a NOMAD project, for the Methodist Church. Their mission will last 3 weeks and then they will continue on their travels. We are so pleased that they were able to take the time to come for Ryan and Khristina's reception.
Our weather turned beautiful this afternoon at 40 and sunny!

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The Long Trek North

Monday, December 5, 2011 -Wednesday, December 7, 2011

rain 35 °F

We left at 6 am on Monday and drove 615 miles to Justin and Gwen's house in Garner, NC. It was a beautiful day for driving and quite warm, in the 70s. After dinner we took a stroll around their neighborhood to enjoy the Christmas lights.
The next morning they left early for school and Don and I slept in a bit. We left about 7:45 am and headed towards Pennsylvania. Our objective was to have dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, PA. It was about 415 miles and the morning was mostly nice. After lunch we had rain for most of the rest of the trip. We stayed in Lancaster and it turned out to be seafood night at Shady Maple! Yum!!
Wednesday turned out to be the worst day, weatherwise, with cold rain all day. The temps started out in the 50s, dropped to the 40s and settled at 35 with rain and snow showers when we got to NY. Everyone told us how lovely the weather was up here, but it seems we brought the winter with us!
Ryan and Khristina invited us to stay with them, so here we are! We actually won't be staying here the entire time, because i have family coming and Ryan invited them to stay. They have gone to stay at the Hotel Utica for the next few days.

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Christmas at Disney

Saturday, December 3, 2011

sunny 77 °F

We worked our usual Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, then on Friday I sang in my first concert for this season.

Saturday was a busy Christmas day for us at Disney. We started out at the Magic Kingdom at 8:30, lining up on Main Street for the taping of the Christmas Day Parade. Those who arrived in the earlier group at 7:30 were up near the Castle to watch Justin Bieber's show.The equipment they use is amazing!
Castle Show

Castle Show

Bieber Fever!

Bieber Fever!


Our spots were on Main Street right in front of the Confectionary in the shade (at least when we first got there). The parade only arrived near us at 10:50, so there was a fair amount of waiting involved. This year's MC was Mario Lopez with Samantha Brown. There were bands, floats, balloons and characters. Also confetti! Many parts had to be done over and over again to get it right, but we enjoyed watching and chatting with our neighbors on the sidewalk.
Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

Dancing Elves

Dancing Elves

Band of Santas

Band of Santas

In our Christmas finery

In our Christmas finery

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie


In the afternoon, we went to Epcot because I had 2 concerts to sing in, the first one at 6:45, then again at 8:15. Geena Davis was the narrator and she did a really nice job. This was her first time doing this and she loved it. Her family was in the audience on Saturday, so she really had a good time. There were a number of songs that she sang with us, even getting the music for the Hallelujiah Chorus. I was standing almost right next to her and boy, is she tall!
Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Singing in the Cast Choir

Singing in the Cast Choir

Cast choir

Cast choir


It was a beautiful, warm day for a parade and concert.

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