It’s been awhile since I have written, hopefully, I will be back in the groove. I may go back in time and talk about previous issues and events but this time, I would like to share my experiences at the Nest 45, St. Louis festival.
So, at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, September 7, I leap out of bed so that I can get to the airport and catch my 7:00 a.m. flight to St. Louis. As some of you know, Nest 45 holds a festival each year. This year, I was finally able to attend. I had heard so much about it and I’ll tell you words cannot describe this event! There are so many Members who work so hard both days I( and that does not count all the days of preparation!). This was their 38th Annual Festival, how about that!
Upon landing, I received a call from Druhna Sandy Czerniewski who was my chauffeur for the weekend. Sandy got tired of waiting for me so she rode the shuttle to the airport to pick me up. The driver was quite amused and I am sure she made his day! After a quick change, we headed down to the Nest. There have been quite a few improvements made to the neighborhood, things are looking good!
The co-chairs Druhny Cindy Schepker and Sharon Dominquez worked tirelessly thinking of everything to ensure that all things ran smoothly.
It was nice to see so many of our Members working at the festival. This is quite an undertaking and these folks have it mastered. Everyone knows their job and does it well. They have thought of everything! Druh Tim Czerniewski walked around constantly trading envelopes to be sure that there wasn’t too much cash in the drawers as well as getting the needed change. There were Members responsible for nothing but emptying the trash (which was a constant!)
There are Members who work the food line (Druhna Pat Heineman and her entire family were working one day-husband Bill, granddaughter Megan, grandson Ryan and his wife, Megan). Mary and Ken Blessing and all three of their sons worked either in the kitchen or at the kid’s booth. It was nice to see Druhna Vicky Aitken who gave me one of her delicious lemon loaves. The amount of baked goods sold is unbelievable, the Nest Members had made 7,000 cruschicki, which of course were all sold! Breads and nut rolls and other goodies were donated by Members.
I helped Nest President Linda Woolford and her Mom (Loretta Aemisegger) at the door, it was nice to chat with the ladies plus interact with the people who came to the door. It is really something how this event is such an important happening for the community. Several people thanked the Nest for having this festival.
There are several story boards including photos, articles and information about the Nest from generations ago on display in the dining hall. It is very interesting and was compiled by Druhna Aemisegger with help from many Members.
In the gardens out back are several booths offering games, food, or Polish items. During the day, visitors are entertained by an accordion player. As evening approaches, a Polka band takes over. Saturday evening, there is a Polka Contest. This year, I had the privilege of being a judge that was fun! I was joined by District II President Paul Sadowski, his wife Beth, along with Dennis and Laura Kazmierowicz.
Jen took care of the bar as well as many other tasks. Jan Merzweiler was in charge of one of the booths in the garden.
There are so Members whose names I haven’t mentioned and I do apologize. Many of you I know but am not sure of your last names. I do realize that you work very hard and that the Polish Falcons is privileged to have you as Members. Rosemary, Tom, Joe, Becky, Dan, Pat, Mary, Louise, Loretta are a few!
Congratulations to another successful festival (even though it rained one evening, it was still quite a success!). Hopefully, I will be able to attend another and I strongly encourage those of you who are within driving distance to take the trip one year and be wowed!