Margaret and Dan Woodside had a different celebration to start off their holidays this year.
Their 9-year-old stallion, Reddip Rocket, Margaretâ€™s â€œSuper Hero,â€ was retired at a ceremony at Churchill Downs. He holds the record of the most wins at Churchill in recorded history!
He will retire at â€œOld Friends,â€ a beautiful farm in Georgetown for retired prominent horses. They say they will miss him but plan to visit him often. Letâ€™s hope that means they will continue to live here since they also have a home in Seattle that they visit quite often.
Is This A Green Party?
Recently Bill and Cindy Green hosted a â€œMaking Spirits Brightâ€ party on a Sunday afternoon that went on into the evening at their Alta Vista Road home. A large group of neighbors and friends gathered for heavy passed and served hors dâ€™ouvres. An open bar was in the lower area and wine served from their wine bar in the breakfast room. Many people came and enjoyed the holiday spirits.
Salvation At Holiday Manor
On the Thursday before Christmas and because I am an emeritus board member of the Salvation Army, a group of friends and relatives were â€œpersuadedâ€ to gather and ring the Kettle Bells at the Kroger store in Holiday Manor from morning to night. It turned out that this was the day that it poured down rain all day and the wind blew with great gusto. The Kroger management couldnâ€™t have been nicer. When it got wet and windy we were allowed to move inside, off the sidewalk and â€œencourageâ€ all who came to be generous.Â And generous they were.Â We filled two kettles to the brim and are now waiting for an actual count of the â€œtakeâ€ for our day.
Besides those pictured, the bell ringers included Will Buschman, Mike Vairin, Amy Kessler, Christopher Kessler and Caroline Kessler. In addition there was Bruce Broecker, Suzanne Moeller, Roseann and Brad Howard (who was a hit in his Santa suit!), Leslie Broecker and Marty Bybee.
Recently John Riley Kaufman, 6, son of Jennifer and Casey Kaufman, went to â€œmeetâ€ the life-sized wood sculpture of â€œHeuserâ€ the giraffe at Running Water Farm. He was taken there by his grandparents, Mary Jo and Bob Coker. After the visit he sat down and read a story to his own â€œHeuser,â€ a small stuffed version, just before Christmas. His sisters also got to go out and see Heuser and got their own stuffed giraffes too, all gifts from the doting grandparents.