Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Knitted Beauty

Ann Munoz submitted this collage (created by Tracy Meyers) of hats and a headband made in their Intermediate Knitting class.

Ann writes: The beautiful results of the 5 weeks Fair Isle (color work) knitting class. All thanks to our great teachers, Lucinda Klein and Bobbie Wyrick.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trivia Challenge

How many grooves are there in the edge of a dime?
How about the title of Elvis Presley's first hit record?
How many eggs does a queen bee lay in a day?

We didn't know, either.

A roomful of trivia buffs braved 10-degree weather to take part in NKA's Trivia Challenge, an activity conceived by Quiz Master Carol Nelson.
Using quizzes created by newspaper Trivia Queen Fifi Rodriguez, Carol pitched a wide variety of questions, from the name of the Greek God of Fire to the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, the special characteristic of pumice stone, and the other name for rubies.
From left: Helen Livingston, Marg Griffin, Carol Nelson, and Audene Campbell engage in some post-test analysis.

Each participant scored his/her own quiz, and the moans, groans, and "ah-ha"s indicated how surprised we were to discover what we did and didn't know. The hour flew by, and everyone agreed that they would gladly come back for more next semester.

Answers to above trivia questions:
1. 118 grooves in a dime's edge
2. "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"
3. Up to 2,000 eggs
4. Helios
5. David Sedaris
6. It floats
7. Red Corundum

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mountain River Ranch Holiday Evening

Another fantastic NKA travel offering was a holiday evening at Mountain River Ranch near Heise.
This massive longhorn was an impressive 
lodge adornment.
Guests arrived at a sign-in lodge where they sipped warm spiced cider and visited while waiting for other guests to arrive. 
This delicious hot dinner did not disappoint! After feasting the guests settled in to a little dessert and a holiday show by the country trio.

Outside, guests nestled into sleighs pulled by matched pairs of well-groomed draft horses. 
Away we cheerily go into the snowy night filled with the jingling of bells on the horse harnesses. 
Photos and text submitted by Marilyn Ames