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SUNNY IN THE TWIN CITIES

A relaxing day

semi-overcast 78 °F

Howdy!

The day began with a drive into Minneapolis to meet Pat's son & family at the Mall of America. Zoe, their 7 yr. old daughter is quite the dancer and her dance studio nominated her to participate in Dance Nationals, a competition of various age groups from around the country. She danced a jazz number in the 5-7 age group and won a platinum class award. We were very proud of her performance. Afterwards, Pat had to drive into her former office in the afternoon to attend a meeting as she is on a 6 month post-retirement contract. I stayed at the condo to read the book I am throughly engrossed in. She returned around 4 o'clock and we drove to the up-scale nearby community of White Bear Lake, a beautiful area. The lovely restaurant she chose had an outdoor patio and we enjoyed wine, walley fingers, and spinach & artichoke dip.

A cute 'back story' of the Foshey Tower--The builder for which the tower was named was Wilbur Foshey, a utilities magnate of the time. Its grand opening in 1929 was attended by 25,000 guests from around the country. They reportedly received gold pocket watches and were entertained by a march written and conducted by John Philip Sousa. Within weeks, the stock market crashed, sparking Foshey's bankrupsy. He never lived in his tower, and his check to Sousa bounced, causing the composer to ban performance of 'Foshey Tower Washington Memorial March' until the debt was repaid. It finally was in the 1980's, thanks to a group of dedicated Minneapolites. The Prohibition Bar/Lounge on the 27th floor was Foshey's former office and boardroom. Interesting.

Dick

Posted by dixter 06:15 Archived in USA Tagged dance review

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