Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mellow Monday: Relaxing across Nebraska: Prairie Grounds Cafe & Gifts in Broken Bow

I just got back yesterday from a great girl’s week-end (our church’s women’s retreat up at Mahoney State Park).  So, yesterday at this time, I was just getting up.  (As opposed to waking up over two hours ago like today).  And I was anticipating a hot breakfast with friends.  (I did get to bring some leftovers home and at least had the pumpkin cream cheese French toast going for me this morning!).   And while there is nothing too hectic or upsetting about today, I am wishing I could be completely irresponsible and spend the morning drinking warm drinks and reading a book.  And if I lived a bit closer, one place would be my destination.  Prairie Grounds Cafe and Gifts.

Prairie Grounds Entrance

We intended on going in and out in a hurry, just to get our Nebraska Passport stamp.  But when we entered, I suddenly was wishing that we had several hours to spend in Broken Bow.  And that my husband would have a longing to spend several random hours with the kids in an unfamiliar town, so that I could just soak in the cozy environment.

Prairie Grounds booths

We had just eaten a picnic at the park, so I did not look too closely at the menu.  (I know they had soups and sandwiches).  Dessert on the other hand … their homemade treats are created in the back along with a varied selection of drinks.  Chelsie was the chef that day, and we left with a few of her cookies and an apple cinnamon scone.  Yum!  (They also carry a line of gluten free items,  which can be hard to find in smaller towns, but those are made elsewhere.)

Prairie Gounds interior

This warm and inviting living area was in one corner of the place.  Most of the items were for sale, but they all add to welcoming atmosphere.  Sitting inside this room with hot cocoa and a good book watching the snow fall would be lovely indeed.  (Until it was time to go home, but …)

I almost missed the best part of the place.  Thankfully friendly Mary Ann, who was working at the counter that day, told me that she had to show me the backyard.

Prairie Gounds courtyard

The owners have a created a bit of paradise that would be perfect for whittling away a beautiful sunny day.  This picture only captures part of the patio area which included tables for two, so you can dine with a friend.  The next time I make it to Broken Bow, I will be going there with intention.  And with several hours to spare, so I can actually get to soak up the serenity!

P.S. This lovely location is a part of the Nebraska passport program, so if you are close enough, definitely stop by today to get a stamp AND a treat!  And if your family participated in the Nebraska Passport program, the program is ending for the year.  The entries must be postmarked today: September 30, 2013.

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Nature Places Behind the Places: Fourteen Nebraska Counties

A element of nature that influenced the place, be it animal or geographical feature …

Antelope: Guessing what this county is named for is easy.  Guessing why may not be.  Evidently an antelope kindly provided a meal for Leander Gerrard (of Platte County) and the company that he was with.  They shot the antelope while on the trail of Indians.

Box Butte: Named for a rectangular butte located six miles north of Alliance.

Buffalo: In earlier times, buffalo herds used this land as a feeding ground.

Cedar: The trees that were in the region.  (This is the county my grandparents used to live in – visited this great county often through the years!)

Garden: They longed for this county to be the “garden spot of  the west.”   This has only been a separate county since 1909.

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Windlass Hill Ravine from Wikimedia (Garden County, NE)

I am not sure that it is garden-like, but it is pretty ..

Keya Paha County: This county is named for a river that can be found in the Northeast part of the county.  In Sioux, the word ke’-ya means turtle and pa-ha’ means hill.  River means wa-kpi’ in the Sioux language, but that part did not make it into the county name.

Loup: Named for the Pawnee Loup or Loup River that flows through the county.

Nemaha: Named for the Nemaha River.  In the Oto language, Ni means water, and Maha means miry.  Miry means swampy.  (This was a new word to me or maybe I always spelled the word another way?)

Platte: The French translation of the Indian word meaning flat.  First called “Loup” and only was the eastern part of today’s modern county.  Monroe was the western half that was eventually absorbed into the Platte County.

Red Willow: This county should technically be named “Red Dogwood” because that is the correct translation of the Sioux word “Chan shasha Wakpala.”  This plentiful shrub grew along the banks of the creek.

Rock: Rocky soil in this location.  Although interestingly enough, this is also one of the counties where the Niobrara flows through …

Saline:  For the supposed salt deposits in the area.    This ended up being false.  The interesting part of the story – the fight over the location of the county seat and the keeping of records.  You can read more on Saline County’s historical page.

Scotts Bluff: The noted landmark in the area influenced the name of the county.  (Of course, there was a person behind the name of the bluff: area trapper Hiram Scott who died at the base).

Valley: For the mostly valleys found in this county that is in between the higher table lands of the North Loup Valley that is around this county.

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Friday Photography: First Plymouth Church: Adding Timeless Distinction to the Lincoln Skyline

Twenty-six years ago yesterday, my husband’s sister was married at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln.  This was over a decade before I was even introduced to my husband, so I was obviously not in attendance.  But, they certainly had a lovely setting for their wedding day.

1st Plymouth interior

A door was propped open to the inside of the church, so we took a peak inside.

Several weeks ago when my second son and I went to the awards dinner for the Lincoln Passport program, we decided to go a little early.   He wanted to go to some places and take pictures with me.  Since I have started using our actual camera more (as opposed to taking shots on our cell phone), he has been wanting to use his camera more as well.  (Our kids get their own camera when they turn seven.  His SpyGear camera that he requested was not quite as great as he imagined.  Thankfully my parents have an old digital that they have let the kids use!)

When we left the house, I was not sure where we should go for our photo opportunity.  But when I saw the spire of the 1st Plymouth Church, I knew that would be a great destination.  And since this happened to September, the month of the family wedding many years ago, I thought that these shots would be a fitting tribute  So, here are some of my pictures from that enjoyable late afternoon.  We may post my son’s later.  🙂  And happy anniversary, Mike & Kami!

1st Plymouth cross

1st Plymouth courtyard entrance

1st Plymouth Collage

1st Plymouth interior arches

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Flashback Friday: The First Churches in Lincoln, NE

While researching one specific church, I stumbled on a very interesting document.

1889 History of Lincoln: Chapter VIII: Lincoln’s Churches

I am really not even sure who kindly put the chapters on-line, and I would imagine that it took a long time.  I was initially looking just for one particular church and was surprised to find out about so many.   Since many of you may not have time to read through the whole document I am going to include a short excerpt that I think is from page 247.

Lincoln is preeminently a city of churches. As an educational center the city is not equaled in the West. And while this is true, it is equally true that no city in the West can equal this in the number of its church organizations and the beauty of its churches. The present chapter is devoted to historical sketches of the various churches, which number about forty. A former chapter has given an account of the very early church work in the town of Lancaster, and the present will deal with the churches now occupying the field.

I think to study the story behind each of these forty churches would be an intriguing project as they have each gone many diverse directions.  (If only I had the time to do so …)

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This church used to be the First German Congregational Church.  Today if you visit this church on on the corner of First and F Streets, you would find the First Bible Church. (Picture from Wikimedia Commons).

When I think about these fledgling first churches, I cannot help but ponder many things.

1) Did they find the preachers from their midst or did they choose to campaign and convince an Easterner to come?

2) Did they sing a capella at first? Was an organ one of their first priority purchases? Or did lonesome sounds of a fiddle surround the room?

3) How long were the services?  How many times did they meet throughout the week?  Did they gather in homes like the Early Church before their sought out buildings took shape?

4) And a question for today – how many churches have continued to meet from those early days in the Capital City?  How many churches were added here per year?  Did any churches cease to exist or combine quickly with others?  Do any current members remember hearing stories from those first years of growth?

5) Have any of these churches strayed or altered their thinking from long ago?  Has church doctrine changed?  I think I know the answer to that question – from the little I have examined one place in particular, what they believe today seems far different from where they started.

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First Plymouth Church at 20th & D

On our trip to Northwestern Nebraska, my favorite buildings to see were definitely the small town churches.  In fact someday when I have time, I would enjoy driving from place to place just to photograph those worshipful wonders from long ago.  (I wanted to stop more on the way up to Fort Robinson, but my silly husband seemed to think we should actually make it to our intended destination at a reasonable hour 🙂  )   But hopefully I will have a Nebraska church photograph collection someday!

St. Mary's Catholic Church in downtown Lincoln

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Lincoln

I will occasionally be featuring pictures of churches in upcoming blogs (including a Photography Friday one today!).  As many of these buildings took shape during a time when Nebraska was still under progress itself, the architectural detail is a beautiful sight to behold.  Yet I have to say that while I may photograph a sacred building that moves me, by featuring that church building, I am not necessarily endorsing the teaching that takes place inside.  (As a church goer myself, I tend to have strong opinions as to what a church should teach and follow pretty closely to what people traditionally believe about the Bible.  Yet since this is a travel/Nebraska blog, I do not feel this is the place for me to comment.  For one thing, while the Bible is correct, this imperfect person might not be!  So I will make a point to comment only on the architecture and not on church doctrine!)  I am SO glad that these churches chose to build in beauty and not utilitarian form only!

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Originally Ebenezer Congregational Church at 8th & B in Lincoln.  (Now known as Ebenezer United Church of Christ).  Picture source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Exploring Art in Nebraska with Children

Is taking a preschooler to the art museum a crazy idea? No.  But that may not be the right place to start introducing your child to art.  Or I should rephrase that – the best place to first acquaint your children with fine art might involve a library card and a comfy cuddle chair.  Exposing your little ones to quality picture books is a great starting point.

Here are a few of our favorite illustrators

David Catrow: He does mainly cartoon illustrations that are always delightful!

This book has become an annual tradition in our house every Thanksgiving.  Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by David Catrow

Ed Young: He usually has an Asian focus to his books – amazing illustrations!

Alice Provensen: Her illustrations evoke colonial and other time periods of long ago.  Classics.

Robert McCloskey: With only about a dozen books to his name, two won the Caldecott medal (see below for explanation) and two won the Caldecott honorable mention.  When you see his books, you will understand why!

Marcia Brown: Her illustrations evoke nostalgia and are classic block prints.

Eric Carle: His illustrations are whimsical and striking and enjoyable and …  These you have read to your kids without knowing their significance (such as Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.  A whole book has been devoted to just his art and is amazing in and of itself.

The Eric Carle PIcture Book Museum also edited a book entitled Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Take to Children About Their Work – filled with various picture book artists.

Need even more ideas: This is the list from the American Library Assocation of all of the Caldecott Medal and Honor Books from 1938.  That award is given to the best picture book of the year.  (Note: While the illustrations in these books are amazing, I would definitely preview them for content.  Some of them may not be appropriate for young (or older) children in my opinion).

And one last list: Best Children’s Books Illustrators from Children’s Books Guide

Books About Art: Children’s Books Illustrated with Works of Art

My favorite author of this focus is Lucy Micklethwait.  Her “I Spy in Art” series is incredible.  The kids naturally engage in her books without even realizing they are actually exploring major artworks.

Richard Muhlberger has a whole series on specific artists (What Makes a Picasso a Picasso for instance)

Gladys Blizzard has a whole other series for children on looking for specific items in artworks.

For older children, Anna Nilsen wrote several books on identifying certain characteristics in art.  Of course, the kids actually think they are solving the mystery of which art is authentic and which one is stolen.

Narrowing your search to children’s titles, then searching “art appreciation” will lead to the discovery of even more titles.  (Note: all picture book covers were taken off the Amazon site – the titles can be purchased there for various prices and may also be available at your local area library)

Now on to visiting art galleries  …

I have taken our kids to museum.  And left without owing the place a bunch of money for destroyed artwork.  In fact, everything was intact.  Usually.  (More on that near the end of the entry about our recent trip to the Sheldon Museum of Art).

A view at the Joslyn

The Joslyn Art Museum can be found in Omaha.  They happen to feature backpacks that you can “check out” for children and then go on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.  Paper is provided, so that you can create your own masterpieces.

What I think the key is to introducing kids to art museums and galleries: pick a place near your home, so that you can start slowly.  I have learned that my kids tend to get out of control when they are tired.  So if an hour or two at a museum makes you exhausted, imagine what that does to your kids!  So, twenty to thirty minutes may be about perfect.  Unless …

You manage to get them engaged in the artworks.  Some days this will work – sometimes it may not.  Follow the ideas from the art picture books – play “I Spy.”  At the Sheldon, they have black benches in the middle of each of the permanent display galleries.  You can sit together in the middle and search for shapes, colors, numbers and even certain objects.  This way you are out of range of the artworks but still are experiencing the art.  Some of the paintings are easy to engage with and others may stretch your mind a bit.  And you may want to choose your angle carefully depending on the museum.

Sheldon Mickey Mouse

What child would not enjoy seeing this painting that is on permanent display at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln?

Another great place to start is at a sculpture garden.  Since these are usually located outdoors, the pieces tend to be a bit more indestructible.  Plus often they involve a bit more of using your imagination.

Indian smoke signals at Pioneer Park

One of the many fun sculptures that you can find scattered throughout Pioneer’s Park in Lincoln.

One final note: as with books, you may want to preview art exhibits, especially if you tend to be conservative or have sensitive children.  While I respect the right of others to create art, I personally reserve my right to withhold my children from experiencing that art, especially when they are young!

P.S. Needing some ideas of places to go to begin experiencing art?  Here is a link to the eight Nebraska galleries featured in the Nebraska Passport program this year.


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Changing Views at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln

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Place at a Glance

Name/Location Sheldon Museum of Art  12th & R in Lincoln (UNL); Facebook
Open hours Closed Mondays: Tuesdays: 10-8; W-Sat. 10-5; Sundays 12-5
What to Know NO flash photography; Stroller friendly (if you use the elevators)
Cost Free; donations are accepted
Parking Meters nearby on street; garages within walking distance
Group Tours Various Tours (including education & garden); Need two weeks notice
Museum Manners No touching: if you get too close to the art, a voice will correct you
Recommended Ages Mainly for five and up (running children make them nervous J)

We had not stopped at Lincoln’s art gallery for awhile.  Possibly due to timing.  Possibly due to parking (although both of the last times I stopped, I easily found meter parking less than a block away).  But I do hope to remedy that and to start going there more often.  Several (if not all) of my kids have inherited their dad’s artistic abilities.  And I hope to continue to develop those skills.

Sheldon ceiling

The building itself is a masterpiece.

In my lifetime, I have had two excellent art teachers.  Mr. Thacker in high school and Mr. Baden in college both exposed me to a world of beauty beyond my own.  I do not remember exploring art before that time.  Sadly, while I think I have an artistic eye, my skills are nowhere near presentable.  So, hopefully I can still encourage my kids in their artistic endeavors without actually having to instruct them.  (We’ll leave that part to their talented Daddy!)

According to, this is the definition of art:

the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Sheldon Statue
This statue was a part of their “Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years” exhibit this summer.  This was one of my kids’ favorite pieces.
I personally feel that art is extremely subjective.  What appeals to me aesthetically may not appeal to you.  This is definitely true for children – they do not always “get” art, especially modern pieces.  So, the fact that the Sheldon changes part of their art exhibits frequently is a gift.  If you do not like a particular style of expression, the display will be transformed to another exhibit in a few months.
I stopped by briefly when I was in downtown Lincoln researching on Tuesday.  This was the painting that caught my eye that day.
Sheldon Farmhouse
The Farmhouse by George Innes.  That painting captures the feeling of fall in Nebraska for me.  I took the picture without my flash – quite important to do in galleries.
So, you can either just walk around and admire (or wonder about) the pieces.  Or you can choose to stop to read more.
Sheldon Farmhouse text
Maybe it has never occurred to some of you to take your kids to an art gallery.  In my next post, I will tell you why I think galleries can be a great place for children.  And some suggestions on how to prepare them!
Sheldon Painting from Fifty Gifts
A painting from the “Fifty Gifts” exhibit taken without flash photography.  Can you tell that I really like the colors of fall?
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Wordless Wednesday: Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

Sheldon partial ceiling

Sheldon wall

Sheldon the ear of Mickey

Sheldon eye

Sheldon 50

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Travel Tips Tuesday: Park It

A Dilemma for Travelers …

You have looked forward to the outing for awhile.  The day is beautiful, and you are even on time until … there is NO place to park.  The more you circle, the more your joy in the adventure goes out the car window.  I have actually had friends miss a field trip because they could not find a place to park.   Parking is one bit of travel that we do need to take into account before heading out especially if our destination is a metropolitan area with limited spots.    Planning ahead on parking just like we might pick out our outfit in advance.  So, not only knowing directions to our event, but also having a few parking destinations in mind is a great idea.

Did you know that different companies actually own various alleys across metro areas?  This was news to me.  They can actually decide who parks near their buildings.  Some of our friends have graciously let us park in their alley spots when we have made different treks to  downtown Lincoln, saving us a bit of money.  After all, isn’t this everyone’s goal?

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If you are from a small town, you are maybe laughing because parking is not a factor in planning your events.  (Although I am sure this could be an issue if there is a particularly big ball game being played in town!)   And while you may have meters around the town square, at the most you may drop a quarter or two to spend a few hours downtown.  Enjoy that small town perk!  If you are planning a trip to either Downtown Lincoln or Omaha soon, here are some helpful suggestions!



Parking at meters in Downtown Lincoln went up this year.  You used to be able to park for a dime and have 12 whole minutes to run in and out of your destination.   While a quarter used to buy you 30 whole minutes inside, now that time has been cut in half – fifteen minutes is not quite as meaningful.  (And dimes are no longer worth keeping in the car for only six minutes!)   You can now use your debit card at the meter (if staying an hour or more), so that is helpful.  Most meters have standard times (running 8-6) and provide free parking all day on Sundays.  But … if you happen to use a meter at another Lincoln location (such as East Campus), you may want to confirm their times are the same.


These East Campus parking meters have different hours than downtown Lincoln.

Parking Garages

Actually, some parking garages are actually cheaper now – especially if you find a Park & Go garage.  All of these city owned locations feature “first hour free.”  We keep the Downtown Lincoln map in our car, so that we can always find one of these garages.  At least nine spots are available with more garages being built in the downtown area.   There are several private garages around town that do not provide this service, but if they are closer to your event, they may be worth using!  Note: most take credit cards.  BUT, some only take cash or even check, such as the parking garage right next to Memorial Stadium), so come prepared.

Special Events

Many places charge more for parking for special events.  Last Saturday when my son and I went to watch the Husker game, I was stunned to discover that garages charge a $20 flat fee for the event.  (Evidently it had been awhile since I was the one driving to a game!  Thanks, friends, for letting us use your lot for free in the past) .  I did discover that you can find decent parking if you look and have cash.  We parked for $5 around 20th & Q, so we did have a walk to the stadium, but it was a beautiful day.  Across the street, the Assurity Garage was charging only $10 for all day parking – worth it if you did not have cash.  1 block away from our spot, the lots were $15.  (I teased my son about the fact that walking a block saved us ten bucks!)

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As far as parking near the new downtown arena, they will have several Pinnacle Bank arena parking lot areas.  According their website, parking costs will range from $3-10, depending on the event.  Cash only. For the recent Jason Aldean country concert, they even had an online map showing just what parking is available.  Much of the Haymarket area is still under construction, so you definitely want to allow extra time if going down for an event!


I really enjoy going to Omaha, but I have to say getting around that town still intimidates me.  And my husband would prefer to avoid downtown Omaha (and even Lincoln) due to the parking hassles.  We definitely do not know how to maneuver the Old Market/Riverfront very well.  So, I asked Kim, of OhMy! Omaha if she could provide some insights into the best places to park if you are heading out to Nebraska’s largest city.

Old Market

– If you’re headed to the Old Market and can’t find on-street parking on the neat brick road, head a little south on 10th Street. You can almost always find a parking spot on the 10th Street bridge, and you don’t have to plug the meter after 5 p.m. or on the weekends. It’s well lit so you’ll feel comfortable walking back to your car at night.
– If you’re going to an event at the CenturyLink Center, skip paying to park in the arena’s lots. You’ll find a couple lots along Riverfront Drive (which starts south of CenturyLink and runs parallel to the arena and the river up to Abbot Drive. The easiest is to park in the parking lots of the now-closed Rick’s Boatyard and walk over the bridge to the arena. If that’s full, head south on Riverfront Drive and you’ll find a small parking lot next to Heartland of America Park.
– Most shows you go to at the Rose Theater will be at a time when parking on the street is free. However, if you can’t find a spot, theater-goers can use the lot next to the Wells Fargo drive through, it’s on the north side of Farnam Street and not really advertised as audience parking but I always use it and so does the rest of the world.
– Midtown Crossing is full of great restaurants now, not to mention a movie theater. If you go there, always park in one of the many garages – they’re free for up to three hours any time of day. The shopping center regularly offers shuttles to events in downtown Omaha, making it a smart choice to leave your car there, and have a ride to and from the game/show/concert.
Thanks, Kim for making Omaha parking less intimidating! Hopefully these tips for both Lincoln and Omaha will make arriving to your next downtown event more enjoyable.
Timing (One last parking tip)
What I continue to learn as a parent – allow plenty of time.  You would think that this would be second nature for me by now – recognizing that kids take longer to get ready and to leave than I think they should.  When my son and I went to the game Saturday, I allowed plenty of time for once.  We were actually in our seats to watch the introductions and the opening band numbers – SO much more enjoyable!  So, I will be continuing to work on allowing myself more time to arrive and to find parking, so that we are not rushing around at the last minute.  We missed a concert last spring because we could not park in time to make it to the limited seating show.  My fault for not calculating that (and for choosing Chic-fil-a even though it was not exactly in the area of the concert. 🙂  ) By the way, if you have any or several children under the age of three, please know that if you arrive on time, appreciate the miracle!  Getting out the door with little ones is definitely a challenge!
P.S. By the way, just wanted to recommend the OhMy! Omaha blog.  If you also enjoy taking road trips to Omaha or even if you live there, by subscribing to her blog, you will be informed of all the great family fun events taking place in the big O!  She also has several permanent links for such things as Omaha train fun and family Mahoney State Park ideas.  Her blog even has “dad approved” outings on the site, so maybe your hubby can take the kids while you enjoy Omaha shopping.  (Hey, a girl can dream! 🙂 )
P.S.  Please read the comments for some great tips for parking on Husker football game days made by Feit Can Write (who attends almost all of the games, so he knows) !
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Places behind the Places: Five Nebraska Counties

Only five Nebraska counties have to do with towns or counties from other regions.  I think if I were to do a study on Nebraska towns, I think many Nebraska municipalities were  named for places.  But while I may look at the names of a few towns, I will probably never have time to identify all of these.  Perkey’s Nebraska Place Names would be a great reference, but that is way more extensive than I want to go!

Banner This is not exactly after a place but more the place they wanted to be known for.  They hoped to be the “banner” county of the state.  The citizens were enthusiastic when this new county split off from Cheyenne.  Deputy Secretary of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture was big into helping promote this idea back in 1888.  The county does border Wyoming and also fairly close to Colorado.  They do have a Banner County Historical Museum.

Frontier: The Frontier region of a sparse settlement.  (I tried to find out more – the historical links were down on their county site!)

Lancaster: Named for two places: the town and county of Lancaster in Pennsylvania as well as the county of Lancaster in Pennsylvania.

Spring Creek Prairie

Spring Creek Prairie in Lancaster County

Madison: While this county may have named for former President Madison, some believe the Madison County, Wisconsin, where many of the German settlers had relocated from, is the real inspiration.  Interestingly enough while the city of Madison still exists, that county does not.  I would think that county in Wisconsin was probably named for the President, so he must be in there somewhere.  I could not verify that though …

York: Possibly for York County in Pennsylvania or for York County in England (as named by Alfred D. Jones).  But since York County, PA, was probably named for England, there is a connection to England anyway.

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Sentimental Stadium: Sensational Husker Hype

As I posted earlier on my Facebook page, today I went to Nebraska’s 3rd largest town with my favorite 10 year old.  In case you are not from Husker Country, Memorial Stadium with 90,000 + people goes beyond all other Nebraska towns (besides Lincoln and Omaha of course).

Gabriel & Mom @game

I grew up going to games as my Dad’s office had tickets.  I am sure I took that experience for granted.  As time has passed and prices have increased, the number and frequency of tickets has decreased.  Plus our family has grown through marriage and grandkids (only I have kids so far), so the guarantee of getting to go once per season is no longer there.

Huskers opening band

Watching the band perform before the game.

This game our tickets were in the North Stadium.  I missed being able to see the Megatron screen that was right above our heads – we did not get to miss hearing it (that was a bit loud!)  But the people around us were really nice (and the guys next to us even gave my son one of their extra Gatorades.  Love Husker fans!)

Husker game flyover

The pre-game flyover.  I forgot to have my camera ready, but you get the idea.

The game was a non-conference one.  Although the final score was a bit lopsided, we still had fun watching.  The Huskers played better this week, at least during the last three quarters they seemed to “execute” (Coach Bo’s big word).

Huskers pizza box

We shared a piece of Valentino’s pizza for a halftime snack.  The pizza was yummy and looked better than the box.  But hey, we devoured the slice too quickly to take a picture of the actual piece. 🙂

If you have never been to a Husker game, the experience is like no other.  The cheering crowds. The trivia.  The music.  The band.  Oh, yeah and the quality football.  We enjoyed it all!

Post game celebration

One of my favorite parts is seeing the post game prayer huddle.  Last week the opposing team participated as well – this week, we only saw red.  Not sure why …

Husker Prayer Huddle

The prayer huddle is in the middle.  The cell camera just does not zoom very far …

Since only the two of us went, we were not in a hurry to leave.   My brother was there, so we talked to him.  Then we eventually made our way down to the field.  My son had fun running on the field.  What a great way to spend the afternoon!

Gabriel touchdown

P.S. Thanks, Uncle Joel, for the bottled water, popcorn and the dogs!  Seeing you there was a highlight!



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