Labor Day Party 2009

Labor Day party 2009 is a success

The 2009 Labor Day party at the cabin was nearly canceled, then was nearly rained out, but survived to be one of the best that many of us could remember. We got up there and discovered that the pilot light on the fireplace had gone out again; Uncle Leon was sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket, and Leroy was sitting in a chair squinting at the article dad wrote about the cabin. No one had turned on the lamps:(

Side Note:
There is apparently a problem with a part (is it called a thermal-coupler?) that will need to be replaced. The ignitor didn’t seem to generate any spark either, but Skeel was able to get it going with some patience and a match and it held up throughout the day. However, before leaving, we turned it off using the switch and the pilot light went out again. We need to replace every part in the unit to create some stability there. Heidi suggested rolling back to a wood-burning fireplace but the lack of a wood-fire chimney and greatly expanded clearance from the wall would need to be addressed so I’m hoping we can get a more dependable gas-burning situation going.
End Side Note.

When Steve, Sindy, mom, dad, Tara, Molly and I arrived just after noon, everyone (except the aforementioned twins) was outside huddled around the firepit.  A tarp over the lawn swing provided the only way to get out of the rain, but it was downwind from the fire so you could either stand in the thick smoke or the rain. Of course, being Yearout’s, moving the swing upwind was out of the question! This was not shaping up to be much fun at all; the mood was generally subdued.

However, not being too quick to throw in the towel, we got the food cooking (the stove and oven worked great), the fireplace and lamps lit and the cabin started coming to life. Everyone moved inside and the momentum began to build. It reminded all of us of the old days when the first gen would shoo us kids outside and the main partying took place inside. (no voice in the loft kind of stuff).

The first generation treated us to entertainment I’ve not heard in a long, long time. Patti and Gaynelle did poems and songs they, Jo and Roy had written 70+ years ago. Dishes to Do, Father Dear Father and The Love Bug were all performed to the delight of young and old alike.  The real tears flowed when Leon said he’d like to  hear Mandy Lee and to all of our surprise and amazement, they struck it up… “they” being Leon, Leroy, Don and Gaynelle. I’m tearing up just writing this. I could be wrong but suspect it has been 40 or 50 years since that quartet has sung as as group.

Kenny LaCombe was his typical brilliant self playing a couple of songs written by a friend of his that were terrific; “Just So You Know” is very John Prine-like—a truly great song. I strummed and muddled my way through a few tunes on the Uke but only for comic relief. I promise I’ll practice before next time. A few of us second gen “kids” sang our usual repertoire of barbershop songs too. I promise, we won’t practice before next time:-)

Anyway; this nearly scuttled event was an unqualified success. Here’s to the legacy!


Attendees included:
First Gen:
Don & GInger

Second Gen:
Ken & Donna
Gail & Jeff
Don Lyons
Sindy & Steve
Ken LaCombe
Thom LaCombe

Third Gen:
Donovan, Devon & Paul (4th gen)
Heidi and daughter Fran (4th gen)

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