My sister, Janice, has a sister-in-law that lives in Sturgis, Toni. And her sister, Julie and Ron were also there for BHSU homecoming. So the 4 of us visited a few bars in Sturgis for an Oktoberfest celebration. Then we went to Spearfish for dinner and to hear Pete’s band one last time before I head east. The River Liffey Boys were playing at Flannagan’s. It is a small house that was converted to an Irish Pub. I was the DD to drive the 20 miles back to Sturgis. Not sure when I’ll get to hear Pete sing again. So it was tearful good-bye.
|Pete at his job at Rushmore Shadows
|Pete at his gig at Flanagan's
|Ron and Julie Meeker and Toni Moore
|Me, Heidi, Janice and Bev in our "selfie"
|Janice and Claire with a 20 point hand
That evening, we met the Crawford’s at their church bazaar. The kids had worked at the “fishing pond”. We had a wonderful beef dinner with pie. Their grandma, Marie Crawford, joined us for dinner.
|Janice, Me, Bev
|Nancy Sundstrom and Me
Wednesday, we took a tour of North East South Dakota. First we drove to Faulkton, SD. We visited our aunt Julie Bowar, our mother’s sister. Her daughter, Jeanette, from Chicago, was staying with her for a week. And her daughter-in-law, Cheryl, who lives on their family farm and is married to Larry, also came to visit.
|Julie, Jeanette and Cheryl
Next we went to Cresbard to visit a friend of mine, Judy Oliver. Judy is the mother of 2 dear friends of mine, Tracy Perdue and Tami Petersen. We have spent a lot of time together over the last 20 years. Judy has been a state fiddle champion, and today was the first time I had ever heard her play. We also toured their home with many paintings that were created by Judy and Dan Sheldon. These two people are very talented!