Then Bob Norris and his wife Renae, from Dixon, Ill., arrived. Bob is the producer of an internet radio station called Lost Lake Radio. I record my Empty Nest columns, and Bob includes them, along with many other local color stories, on the internet station www.lostlakeradio.com. Bob was aware that I made yard art out of old rusty farm junk. They arrived to take a look. In short, one sale netted more than I have made at any other venue. Thank you Renae, Bob and Morris Park!
On Saturday night, there was a chili cooking contest. Brian Morris (direct descendant to the Morris Park clan) and his wife, Darla, from Mt. Pleasant, were cooking in the contest. Bob featured his world famous Chicken Little chili (chicken and white beans), and Noah’s Ark chili (everything in it). If there’s one thing I like better’n a potluck, it’s a chili cook’n contest! Stuff yourself silly! Bob and his wife were runners up, along with Cindy Hewitt, daughter of Dorothy Gilbert, organizer of the Morris Park celebration. First place went to two little girls, Hailey Brown and Rachel Pforty, from Stockport. They had the sweetest chili. Sweet chili from two sweet little girls is a sure-fire winner, every time! What a fitting way to end a Saturday at Morris Park — that and the Halloween Decoration Contest at the Morris Park camp ground. Even the dogs were wearing costumes!
Sunday morning at Morris Park started for us with a Cowboy Church service, then the celebration of Morris Park’s 75th anniversary. There were speakers, a band and story telling. I’ll definitely be back next year.
By the way, Mary and I are having an open house next weekend, Oct. 19 and 20 at my house in Mt. Pleasant, as part of the Southeast Iowa Studio Art Tour. Last year, Iowa Public Television showed up. Y’all come, hear? (Mary’s making cookies.) (Meet Buddy.)
Have a good story? Call or text Curt Swarm in Mt. Pleasant at (319) 217-0526 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.