Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Oyster Party 2011

It all started way back when the late, great, Jim and Lois Burkhart would visit Hope bearing gifts from the sea. The "Oyster Party" has continued as a tradition at the land-locked Idaho panhandle Burkhart estate. There has been quite a bit o' discussion about just how many Burkhart oyster parties there have been over the years. Although an actual number indicative of "The ?th Annual Oyster Party" was not arrived at, the decision was made that there have been "A Lot". Also, it was agreed, they have always been crazy great fun. This year was no exception.

Benjamin is still too small to participate in the kid games that go on, but he still had a great time. He went hiking, played ball, splashed in the fountain, dug in the sand box and shared toys with his buddy Oliver.
Ben and Oliver got a lot of lovin' from the Kiebert ladies and Heisel boys. What great kids; very high quality peeps! It is a joy to help with the kids games and see all of their great visiting friends having a good time.

Dylan is finally done for the year with his summer job fighting wildfires for the Forest Service. We got some good time with him before he needed to head back to college. The University of Idaho campus will seem pretty tame after the steep terrain he has been working on.

As if buckets of Oysters, tables lined with amazing potluck dishes, silly kid games and a full band performance wasn't enough; the group continued the party inside for more fun music around the piano.

You can almost hear "If I Were A Rich Man" looking at these animated still shots.

It is a well-attended event. There were so many great people in one location, that we didn't get as much time to chat as we would have liked. However, fun was had by all and smiles were exchanged all around.There were some stellar band solos in spite of the amount of Cougar Creek wine that had been uncorked.

We enjoyed the company of special guests, Aunt Linda and Uncle Malcom, visiting from Oklahoma! We are so glad they could make it. It is always a lot of fun to have their company!

Dylan shared his stories from the steep terrain of the Kennedy Creek Fire with his curious and supportive friends and family.

Uncle JP, Auntie M, and cousins Collin and Rylee made it down from Kalispell for the fun. Ben's cousins are very good at making him giggle infectiously.

After the clean-up, we made it to Pend Oreille lake for wading and swimming. The lake was beautiful! Dylan wrestled this driftwood log and won. Ben wrestled the waves hitting the beach, and his Mamma's overprotective hand, and lost. He was a little timid, the water was a little cold, and tossing rocks and splashing were plenty of fun for him; for now. We will practice in his kiddie pool some more this year before venturing further out.

David went out for a brief snorkel with Joe. He loved that! He is pretty sure that being that sort of stealthy underwater sleuth could improve his bass fishing techniques. I am pretty sure I know what he wants from Santa this year.

Ben is, apparently, as musically inclined as big brother Dylan and Grandma Connie! He was singing and playing piano right along with the group! At one point, he had a small piano solo that was right on cue! There were a lot of great moments crammed into one weekend. Thank you again, Jon and Connie, for another great Oyster Party! It is always the grand finale of the summer!

1 comment:

  1. Some fine song and dance with a wonderful group of folks! Benjamino got in a good bit of time with big brother and the grandparents. Dylan was steeped in wisdom from the old men that will take him far!