Today was the big day – one we thought might not happen. We were very close to postponing the party a week ago in the wake of the flooding and water in the basement that demanded all our time – but we went ahead with the triple bash of wind turbine dedication, 2nd Annual Logan Township Music Bash, and Summer Solstice bonfire.
Linda kicks off the dedication ceremony with a welcome and introduction to all the guests, estimated at about 150.
Mark Tinnermeier, President of the Board of Directors of Consumer’s Energy speaks on behalf of our electric co-op, which was wonderful to work with through the entire process.
Todd Hammen tells a little bit about his story and the turbine he installed.
Todd was so dedicated to getting things up and running and working out any kinks that came along, that he deserved another photo!
As Brian Eslinger, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, gazes upward to the turbine, he places the turbine into a perspective of being indigenous to a place and using all the resources of a land judiciously.
I spoke briefly about the christening and how we had a hard time deciding if the turbine should be “christened” as a ship or having a ribbon cutting like a new structure. With great clarity, she looked at me and said – “a christening – it is a vessel of the wind.” So it is.
Although it wasn’t captured on film, I did break a bottle of red wine over the foundation of the turbine and named it “Boreas” for the north wind.
A couple of attendees gaze upward at the turbine in thought and conversation.
We found a recipe for windmill on a stick cookies and thought that would be appropriate for the day!
Party favors included these mini pinwheels.
Linda readies the nighttime landscape with luminaries.
My mom tends the beverage cart with a smile!
One of the bands led by the multi-talented Reggie Greenlaw. I think this might have been the first time the band was “wind-powered.”
The second band (told you it was a music bash) led by neighbor Annie Grieshop. It was wonderful for people to sit and listen to the band or listen to the music blowing in the wind around the farm.
A caller, gets some dancers organized into a circle for promenades circle dances under the turbine.
Later in the evening towards dusk the solstice bonfire was lit, preceded by a procession led by the scottish bagpipes.
I particularly like this photo with the bonfire, people, and turbine in the background just after dusk.
Another viewpoint of the spectacular bonfire.
As the bonfire ebbs late in the evening a couple of people enjoy the night air and waning fire.
Special thanks to Nancy Tepper for being places I wasn’t and forwarding the photos to me – many of her pictures are used in this posting.