ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Marilyn Hagerty: Getting ready to celebrate dear old Dad this Father's Day weekend

This is the weekend to honor dear old dads. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages. My own dad came to Dakota land from Denmark. He didn’t get rich in America, but he led a good life in America. He never went back – not that he didn’t want to. There were things like World War I and the Great Depression that kept him from it.

Marilyn Hagerty

This is the weekend we dream of in January that arrives in June -- the weekend for ball games, for fishing. There’s the annual call from Aneta.

Deb Johnson sent a note with a reminder that along with the annual turkey barbecue Aneta is turning 125 years old. She says long ago Aneta was known as the Queen City of the Upper Sheyenne. It was a booming little city located at the end of the railroad. Last year they couldn’t have the festival and turkey barbecue. And it didn’t even seem like summer with coronavirus threatening all around.

Well, Aneta does step forward on this weekend. There are basketball games along with a craft show, tractor pull, lunch stands, dances and a talent show.

Johnson is retiring from teaching this year, but she has grandchildren who will keep her busy. I remember trips down to Aneta for the turkey fest. Deb is right. There’s nothing like it.

This is the weekend to honor dear old dads. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages. My own dad came to Dakota land from Denmark. He didn’t get rich in America, but he led a good life in America. He never went back – not that he didn’t want to. There were things like World War I and the Great Depression that kept him from it.

ADVERTISEMENT

On Mother’s Day there’s a custom of bringing breakfast in bed. But that doesn’t seem fitting for dad on Father’s Day. It seems more appropriate to take a dad fishing or hand him a golf club. Or let dear old dad take a nap.

Medora calls

On these days of June, Medora is calling. The drive across North Dakota is pleasant this time of year. There’s the Medora Musical. There’s the wide open spaces, the blue skies. And the Medora Musical in the evenings.

Among the features this summer at Medora is the Great American Folk Show featuring Tom Brosseau, of Grand Forks. He’s part of a new, free show playing in downtown Medora.

The Medora Musical is dedicated to the legacy of the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, whose destiny was shaped by his time in the Badlands. The show features the band and the Coal Diggers.

Law and order

Lawyers of North Dakota are winding up their annual convention here in Grand Forks.

The calendar is full of events of summer. Among them is a 50th reunion of the Red River and Central High School classes. It will be held Aug. 6 and7. And class members are signing up now at www.gfcentralgfredriver71.com

Dave and Jill

Cheerful people of the week: Dave Clark and Jill Nelson.

Related Topics: FAMILYMARILYN HAGERTY
What To Read Next
"It’s easy to make assumptions about a person based on their outfit or their day job," Coming Home columnist Jessie Veeder writes. "I mean, my dad used to work in a bank and he also broke horses and played in a bar band at night."
This week, gardening columnist Don Kinzler fields questions on hibiscus plants, beating apple trees and how long grass seeds will last.
If it plays well in Winnipeg, it’ll be a hit in Fargo, and all points within planting distance.
In this week's installment of Curtis Eriksmoen's "Did You Know That?" column, readers learn about George Shannon, the youngest member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.