Spouse & I were off Fri so we went to the beach for a few hours. We set up camp with our friend Tim and his friend/weekend house guest Kevin. It was a lovely day, and we saw several other friends taking advantage of it on the beach, too.
The garage finally called at 4:00 to say they had gotten the dash pad back onto Big Ella, although it was not painted, so I picked her up a few minutes later. What a relief to get her back before the parade! Later that evening we drove her to dinner with 'the usual suspects' plus 2 new 'suspects'.
Sat morning Spouse went to the personal trainer and I dropped Big Ella off at the detail shop up the street. I showered, put together Saturday's addition update post, and caught up on a few blogs while Spouse showered.
Then we walked to the art show/sale, which was very nice. I wanted to buy a gorgeous watercolor of a male nude, but Spouse was not nearly as 'into it', so I acquiesced. We walked home, had lunch on the screened porch, and I made 2 pans of corn casserole for the parade-watching party at Mike & Steve's. (I told you I make this for every potluck, BBQ, picnic, cook-out, or other miscellaneous party. Everyone loves it.)
The detail shop called to say Big Ella was done, so we brought her home, then walked to the canal for the boat parade. Folks decorate their boats of all sizes with red/white/blue stuff and sail down the canal. We got there a little late so we only caught the last few minutes of it, but it was cute. While there we ran into a new couple, Paul & Michael from NJ, who recently bought a house around the corner from us. We talked with them and their weekend house guests for awhile, then walked back home.
Then we carried our pans of corn casserole over to Mike & Steve's for the parade-watching party. Their front porch faces the parade route, so they have a cook-out in their lovely landscaped back yard followed by parade-watching on the front porch. Doo Dah fans anxiously await the start of the parade! What is a Doo Dah parade? Click here.
Directly behind Big Ella was Eddie the Edsel, driven by Marty & John.
Then we grabbed our beach chairs and walked to the beach for the fireworks. The town does not put on an official fireworks display, but instead, residents bring their own fireworks and set them off at the water's edge. The weather couldn't have been nicer as we sat for an hour watching multiple fireworks displays up and down the beach. It was fantastic! It was nearly 10:00 when we decided it was time to go home, but the fireworks were still going on. We walked home, washed up, and watched TV for a little while before going to bed.
Then at 7:00 we met our friends Bryan, Jason, Mark, and Tim for dinner at M. Gallucio, a lovely little Italian place nearby. We enjoyed a tasty dinner and fun conversation.
It was a fun and fabulous 4th.