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April 11, 2013

Easter brought plenty of dinners to attend

We are most happy to report that we did very well this year in the “Easter Dinner” category. In fact, we managed to take in two such dinners, the first of which was a family get-together held on Saturday night at the Fly Creek home of Alice and Harvey Eckler.

The gathering was treated to a fabulous ham dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, broccoli casserole, coleslaw, bread and two kinds of pie, chocolate and lemon. In attendance, in addition to us, were Alice and Harvey, of course, Mike and Michelle Eckler and their sons, Michael and Matthew, Gail Eckler Nagel, Michael and Shelley Eckler Sullivan and Shelley’s sons, AJ and David as well as AJ’s girlfriend, Shennie.

We also enjoyed our second Easter dinner at the American Hotel in Sharon Springs with a friend whose husband was out of town Easter weekend. Our dinner there featured a shrimp cocktail, salad, rack of lamb, mashed potatoes, gravy and maple cream layer cake with vanilla ice cream. It, too, was fabulous. And both of the dinners were, in our opinion, traditional Easter meals.

However, we have had the rather dubious experience, while visiting friends in New Jersey, of partaking of roast turkey on Easter. It simply did not work for us. Nor did we think that the idea of having corned beef and cabbage, which we understand was served in at least one household this year, quite lives up to our expectations for Easter dinner.

However, as much as we enjoyed our Sunday Easter Dinner, we must say we were stunned when we realized, after we were seated, that the teenage lad at the next table, who appeared to be there with his parents and grandmother, was, for much of the meal, involved in playing a game on what think was his iPad. We so wanted to lean over and ask, if he was more interested in his game than his dinner companions, why he had bothered to join them for dinner. But we did use our better judgment and keep our thoughts to ourselves at the time.

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