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April 11, 2009

High culture in Ogema.......

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A few weeks ago we had an event that probably is the only one like it in world. Well, O.K., maybe in Ogema it stands unique..... Kettle Fest!! Being aficionados of Ma & Pa, we mentioned them to Kristi and Adam last Christmas. They were eager to see them, so we decided to have a bash.....


If you have watched them, you know what we're talking about. The original movie was "The Egg and I", starring Fred and Claudette (see above). Ma 'n Pa were neighbors of the egg ranch, and they turned out to be really popular and went on to star in a series of Ma and Pa Kettle movies.




Typical Ma, ready for anything and handy with frying pans and shotguns.... they are a riot. You have to go here and watch them do some math.... it's a good example or what they are about.


We had planned a number of food items for the day, including kettle corn, of which Kristi made a giant batch; kettle fried potato chips (super crunchy and really good), and a variety of other treats. Here Rosie was preparing a bunch of crab leg pieces for grilling.



The weather was quite nice out, even if it was only the 21st of March. We grilled on the deck without freezing, no wind, quite unusual for up here..



Carol brought Donna with her, Kristi was there and Jim and Adam came down later. Carol brought a crock pot with 'hot venison' for sandwiches. What do you call the style, shredded? Whatever, it tasted great. Kristi brought a cake, and Donna brought a jello salad. I'm not sure I have this all correct, it was a busy day.......



Rose and Bryn had stayed overnight after their birthday dinner, so they were available to be put to work early in the day.



Hey, here's what it was all about! One of the early showings, The Egg and I, is playing.



Chris and Ashley arrived mid-day, somewhat skeptical of the movies, but game for anything! I think they enjoyed it?



Chris did take some time out from the event to take Hailee for a walk in the woods.



Oh, yeah, the crab legs are on the grill......



The venison kabobs are just off the grill.......



We took a break from the movies to all sit down for mid-afternoon feasting. Jim and Adam arrived as we were eating, so they got in on the food AND got to see a movie or two.



Crab legs.... you would have thought that these two maniacs had not eaten in a week!! They cleaned up every bit of them......

So the past adventures of Ma and Pa live on in all their wonderful glory. If you want to borrow the DVD's, just send a request..... we have lots of episodes.

I gotta go, Carlo


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a nice time you all must have had, wish I could have been there. I don't know who all the guests were but they must have had fun. The food all looks good.

Good work with the blog.

Lucy

Carlo said...

Jim and Carol (Peg's brother Jim and his wife) and Kristi and Adam (Jim and Carol's daughter and son in law) are the ones you may not know??? Anyway, yes, it was a fun afternoon....

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for hosting such a great event!! We had a great time watching the old shows - and laughing away the afternoon! And the best part of the day was all of the great company (closely followed by the great food)! I'm looking forward to the next annual Kettlefest :-)

Kristi

kate said...

what a lovely event. Everyone seems to be having such a fun time. Hailee is really growing up and is just darling - and she has a wonderful "grandpa Carlson". When I first read kettle fest I thought that you had made a large kettle of mom's much longed for spaghetti. However she may have been disappointed, I would follow Bryn anywhere for a fistful of the crab legs. Glad you had fun and love to you both. K

kate said...

And a great, teacher and loving grandmother Carlson as well. Sorry Peg.