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Fall Presidential Faculty Staff Picnic

Monday, the weather was beautiful. Wednesday, turned out to be beautiful. Tuesday... well, it was forecast to rain. Perfect for GVSU's big fall picnic. But, they were scheduled to be using the plaza outside the old library and were putting up a tent. So I drove onto campus around 5:20 to find Mrs. Dr. Phil standing near the handicapped spots in Lot M, and I wheeled my way with the walker. There was actually a break in the clouds and some sun out over Zumberge Pond -- which didn't last.


My first look at the outside of Zumberge Hall. Formerly Zumberge Library on the right side, it's Grand Valley's first dedicated Administration building, along with the extension at the left. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The big tent complex. Tables set up in front of us, band in the tent behind. There are two big sculptures on the plaza, the blue Transformational Links and the white star thing reaching for the sky. We ended up out of the way on the left, so my walker didn't take up space. (Click on photo for larger.)
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When I first got seated, there were a couple of guys who I think work Buildings and Grounds. They told us a contractor had come in and erected the tents in a very short time. I want to say the last time I was at a picnic on the plaza that it rained. In fact, I might even go so far as to think the weather's been 50:50 over the last ten years. Doesn't matter. Doesn't stop people from coming. Lots of people having a good time as every one gears up for Fall Semester. GVSU starts this week, WMU starts next week, day after Labor Day.


While Mrs. Dr. Phil searched for sustenance, I took a shot north... (Click on photo for larger.)
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... And northeast to show the party. When we got there the south end of the tent wasn't too full, but it filled up. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Alas, we forgot to bring home a menu and I didn't take a picture of one. But these picnics have really evolved. At first, just hot dogs and hamburgers. Later they added grilled Portobello mushrooms for them as didn't want meat -- or just wanted variety. This year you couldn't even get a hot dog or a hamburger. (grin) Instead there were heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with basil, barbecued chicken and pork, stunning beans and all kinds of good things. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Two of these three -- of Kathryn, Carol and Mary -- are retired library staff. (grin) It was getting dark and rainy and I switched on the D100's popup flash. Besides the light weight, the built in flash is one of the reasons for dragging the D100 around instead of the D1 series pro cameras. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Mary's Ed sporting a fine hat. Me? I was wearing my leather rain hat, in anticipation of the rain. Fortunately, there were stiff clear plastic walls to the tent and the pouring rain stayed off us. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And Kathryn's Bill sporting a lovely Greek fisherman's hat. His is black, I have a dark brown one. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The rains stopped for a while, with hints of blue sky. The band concluded a set with Styx' Come Sail Away, which had been a huge campus dub video a couple of years ago. But then gusts of wind starting blowing the plastic wall up against the stiff brim in the back of my leather rain hat, so I took that as my cue to start getting back to the Blazer. Mrs. Dr. Phil caught up with me just before Lake Michigan Hall and the rain. I ended up driving her back around to the Mary I, the new library and thence to where she'd parked.

A lovely night.

Dr. Phil
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