Here is the route we took to get there, a route we've driven more times than we can remember. It was a pleasant drive past James Arthur Vineyards, sleepy little towns, cemeteries with flags waving in the wind for the Memorial Weekend, rolling hills with lush trees and terraced farmland. One area especially was full of life: four hawks circling and a crane flying right along with us as we drove past. It was also very close to where I got my first deer in 2003.... with my car.
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We got to David City about 15 minutes earlier than we'd planned, so a little driving around the old stomping grounds was a given. When you travel north into town, my old high school sits to the east. Then the beautiful golf course and updated and well maintained park lakes soon follow. Yes, there were golfers today as it was high school reunion time and there was plenty going on.
Across from the park lakes sits an art studio. And not just any art studio either. It is my mother-in-law's, where she teaches and helps children learn and enjoy art. Ruth is just too talented to NOT have a studio.
About a half a block further north we stopped and got a good shot of the old City Park entrance gate. These pillars were created by my husband's grandfather, Floyd Nichols, an artist in his own right, using metal in his work. Amazing things. After years of weathering, the original paint had come off the relief work soldiers. Bills' mom, Ruth (with the above art studio) took on the task of refurbishing the paint a few years back, and they still look wonderful.
I had never taken the time to look at the plaque underneath the soldier.... It proudly states that it was made by Floyd F. Nichols in the year 1940. And they still stand.
Driving down the highway on 4th Street just took me WAY back to the days of cruising around. But before we even get to 'downtown' we have to stop at Floyd Nichols' original home, which he built out of stone. Yes, stone. It still stands and his granddaughter and family live there now. It's still stunning.
This studio, as it's called now, was a Dairy Queen when I was a little girl. Bill remembers it that way, too. So we pulled up to the little window that we used to get the BEST soft serve ice cream from, and Bill says, "I don't remember that window being that small." Of course not! We were all little and EVERYTHING was big, even that important ice cream window. Beyond the studio, you can see the stone house.....
This doesn't show it very well, but the whole highway was outfitted with American flags on the light poles. Yes, I took this driving, but there sure isn't any traffic anywhere, is there? :) The flags didn't show up too well, but they were there and they were wonderful.
Even though Ruth was not home, she wanted us to stop by and see her new siding on her home. That woman has it going on now!!! What an adorable little home she has - it's perfect...
OK, we needed to get where we were supposed to meet and greet for the reception at Bone Creek, but one more little side trip to a place I'd haunt every summer as a kid..... the library. Well, this is the OLD library. I found out later that it has been turned into an apartment house of sorts. VERY sad. :( And the trim is painted lime green of all colors. It broke my heart to see it this way, but then again this place holds such wonderful memories.... and smells..... books!
On to Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art........ to meet, greet, hobnob, get some souvenirs and of course, learn some things. And we did!
I was blessed to nab this picture as no photography is to be taken inside the museum due to copyright infringements, etc. But none of Dale Nichols' painting are in full view and none of his work was compromised. In this photo is Dale's family: Holly and Dale (grandson), Joan and companion (daughter) and my mother-in-law Ruth (niece). Ruth is holding a new art book of Dale Nichols' paintings and history. We had to pre-order, but it's going to be well worth having.This is Amanda Mobley Guenther, the author of the book on his work. She is absolutely one of the most genuine people around and for her to take on this project - wow! Check out the article from Omaha.com about her and the Dale Nichols project HERE.
Yes, David City's fine mayor, Alan Zovodny, was there to give a fine little talk - and well done! And do you see the yellow State Farm building behind the mayor? That building used to be my dad's, where he worked himself night and day, day and night, as an accountant. It looks very cheery now with its yellow paint - even from the alley!
Finally, our Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy from Hastings, Nebraska. His speech about Nebraska and agri-tourism was really very interesting! Both Bill and I were glued to everything he was saying. But as you know, we are going to do the Nebraska Passport vacation this August and we are just hungry for trivia and even MORE trivia. I also enjoyed giving Mr. Sheehy a little tease about being from Hastings, and it claim to fame: Kool-Aid! Yes, check it out. Our own Hastings, Nebraska is the birthplace of Kool-Aid!
Travel Nebraska - see what's out there! Never know what you might learn. :)