Last evening we attended the annual picnic of “The Historical,” as we call it — the DeKalb County Genealogical and Historical Society — held this year at the Sycamore Historical Museum. It was a small group, probably due to the stifling heat and oppressive humidity. I brought Nutty Cole Slaw, which was unfortunate because someone else did, also. Good thing we like it in this household … but not enough to eat it for lunch every day for a week!
My second choice was going to be a fruit salad — there were three others there, so I’m glad I didn’t make that! I had thought about the Chewy Cocoa Brownies I’ve made for this picnic before, but I couldn’t bear to turn on the oven. Those would have been a good choice, as there was only one other dessert! Isn’t that illegal at a potluck?
Of course, it wasn’t about the food. We had a very brief business meeting then had a little bit of time to visit the museum. If there’s one thing I love about DeKalb County, it’s the commitment so many people have to local history. This little museum — very new — has huge potential, thanks to the dedication of its volunteers. I think their programs are genius. They have a Junior Docent program that trains kids in grades 5-12 to give tours and tell the stories. Frankly, when I was that age I was bored to tears with history (you know, the whole memorization of dates and names thing), but I can’t help but think that this kind of engagement is a fabulous thing.
The best part of the evening was the entertainment. Lee Murdock is a folk musician from this area who sings “Great Lakes songs” of shipping and building and sailing. Listening to his stories and music made me want to learn more — now that’s a teacher!
So in that spirit, at last I offer you this card: