The book signing Friday night wasn't huge but respectable. The best part was visiting with classmates of three of my siblings as they recounted their memories of Beed's Lake and the legend of the Lady. One person said her dad helped to build the dam as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps. Another told of the house, later moved, where the woman lived. Some said their kids beg to go to the lake every time they came back to Hampton to see if they could see her. The Rustic Brew was a great place to spend some time reminiscing and signing books.
Saturday morning we were hit with the line of storms that barged across most of Iowa. The rain finally let up in time to get in the Restoration Run, a fundraiser to help restore water quality in the lake. We did not partake.
Saturday afternoon we drove to Belmond to drop in on the 70th birthday party of an old friend. Instead of cake, her daughters and husband served ice cream with a wide variety of toppings--perfect for a warm summer afternoon. When we returned, we headed to Sheffield for the social hour at my brother's 50th class reunion. We lost Bill eight years ago and they had a nice memorial table set up to honor classmates who have died. It was fun to visit with people who were just obnoxious eighth graders when I graduated. They've improved a lot.