This weekend has been amazing. The film crew had just barely been packed up and cleared out with their brand new movie in the can when we had to get everything ready for the Johnsburg Central School Retirement Banquet with 117 in attendance for an evening of great food and entertainment. And we were just about set to start serving 117 dinners when we got the call from Bobby Kennedy's assistant that he and 16 family and friends would like to spend the night at Garnet Hill prior to going on a Hudson River rafting excursion with ARO Rafting in North River. They arrived at about 11:30 pm just as we were finishing the dishes from the banquet dinner. On Saturday morning they ate a hearty breakfast and were off for their adventure. We wish them well.
On Sunday morning we had the North River, North Creek, Johnsburg, Minerva, Pottersville, Raparius and Bakers Mills Fire Departments at the lodge to conduct fire drill exercises in pumping water up the hill should that be needed for the lodge or other homes in the area. We had a barbecue for the 40 volunteers after the work was done.
And finally, on Sunday evening, Mindy and I were pleased to host and enjoy a birthday dinner for Woody Widlund. Woody and Elise are great people and we're very lucky to have them in our community.
But first, a picture of the grounds which are coming alive with color. The appeal of the lodge begins with the view and the natural surroundings. Those are central to who we are and we're pleased that the plants and shrubs and flowers a looking so good already.
The JCS Retirement Banquet
Dessert cake by Mary Jane for the 4 retiring teachers.
The Blackhurst family
On Saturday morning we said goodbye to the Kennedys after their brief one night stay with us. In this photo, the young boy is holding a picture which hangs on our wall of Robert Kennedy who rafted here in 1965 along with son Bobby. They stayed at Garnet Hill Lodge then as well, and Bobby still remembers it quite fondly.
Bobby was very gracious to allow us to take a few photos. This one is with Mindy.
In this photo I'm wearing for the first time one of our new T-shirts commemorating 75 years of Garnet Hill Lodge. It was an honor to share the experience with Bobby Kennedy.
The fire trucks came on Sunday morning and began pumping water out of Thirteenth Brook and dumping it into this staging pool at the bottom of our hill. (Lodge sign in the background). From there, pumpers sent the water up the hill...
...where it was deposited on the trees across the parking lot. Hopefully, those hoses will never have to be pointed in the other direction.