A good time was had by all...I believe we had about 25 students; the serious fishermen showed up before 8 in the morning and got going - which is a good thing because the pond is teeming with some very bad-boy catfish and a culling is in order....here is Gerren (otherwise known as G-Sharp) with the biggest fish of the day. This is a point of contention, because Gerren and Harry were fishing in a spot staked out by Phillip, who had to drive to the next town to pick up a check from a gig he had played the night before - by the time Phillip got back, the insult had already occurred! But all were good sports, of course. Here is Phillip, who doesn't look too put out (!) and Harry, who caught not only fish but turtles as well: Some students weren't that into fishing, but picked berries for the dessert smack-down in the kitchen. (Jerrell's Strawberry Cheesecake and Jasmine's Frozen Berry Pies). Jerrell had already proven his dessert expertise last year, but Jasmine was in that kitchen all day, working like a demon, and loving every minute. Every time we turned around she was making something else. We now call her 'Baby Top Chef'.
Here are Ayanna and Electra picking strawberries, and Jared, who was mostly eating berries and giving the ladies a hard time. Then there was Marsha, who picked twice a many as anyone else, and fussed at everyone to stop eating and get to work! We don't need to say that Will (they called him 'Coach' or "Mr. Dr. P') was on his feet for nearly all of the 12 hour event..cooking mostly, but also rounding guys up to help with picking up the bales of hay in the field and hauling them to the barn - which they were more than happy to do. While dinner was bring prepped, some students began a serious card game, which proved difficult to break up, even when the food was ready (!) We had the BEST time (we always do). We're glad the semester is over. University life is stressful in general, but particularly difficult in these tough economic times...You'll never meet better students than these. I feel blessed to have landed in this music department. If I had a video camera, I would have been able to treat you to the late-afternoon boating expeditions on the pond - complete with the strains of 'O mio babbino caro'... curtesy of Electra and Jared; a capella of course.
And, as of tomorrow, I morph from university faculty to 'farm wife'. For a while. Looking forward to the summer.