It's an annual rite for us, though Mom said she could no longer walk well enough to cover the distance necessary. So like last year, Tom and I continued the tradition.
We actually went to the pretzel festival twice - both in the morning and again in the mid-afternoon. In between visits we returned to visit Mom and delivery her a loaf of bread that she always buys from a group of church ladies. This year we picked up ($4) a nice loaf of sourdough bread. We also went out to eat before returning to the festival.
As usual, the Historical Society of Germantown offered desserts in the train depot at Veteran Park. Tom opted for a thick slice of blueberry pie and a bowl of ice cream. The money-taker was Julia Smith, who we all knew from the Hometown Laundry (many years ago). I got to talk with her briefly and get a very nice hug.
We sat on the bleachers for a while and listed to Spttin' Image, two identical brothers from Greenville, Ohio who played mostly country. A group of young girls danced to the music in front of the stage.
Then, after delivering the bread to Mom, we had lunch at Fazoli's in Moraine. Their current $5 lunch special is a nice deal: a choice of many main dishes (Tom chose spaghetti with marinara; I chose Fettuccine Alfredo) and a salad and drink.
Finally, back to the festival for another hour or so mid-afternoon. The crowds had increased though the sky remained cloudy and there were even a few spits of rain in the area. The food vendors seemed to be having a profitable day.
My favorite gals every year are those that man the Miss Molly's Bakery & Cafe booth. I never fail to stop and visit with them and take my annual picture. A great, smiling group!
We didn't arrive early enough this year to attend the opening ceremonies. Tara Hastings (TV2 weather person) again opened the festival. Traffic was the usual ... bumper to bumper, and few places to park but those far away. Still, what a pleasant walk through the sidewalk-lined streets of Germantown.