Warrior flags, Taste highlight weekend

For starters, you had hizzoner, the mayor, Dave Kinskey welcoming; Danae and Eric Brandjord’s 2-year-old twins, Trevor and Thor, charming; then Melissa Butcher singing (with Gary Smalls & The Coyote Brothers, always a treat.)

Then there was the food.

The annual Taste of Sheridan festival Sunday, sponsored by the North Main Association, was a delight with 13 local restaurants, stores and vendors competing.

Tip of the chef’s hat to the winners of People’s Best Taste:

• Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Sidewalk Cafe.

• Remington’s at The Powder Horn.

• Oliva’s.

Judge’s Choice:

• Warehouse 201.

• Qdoba.

• Remington’s at The Powder Horn.

Some of the best food in town comes from the kitchen of Andy Irion, executive chef, and Sandy Fuller, director of nutritional services at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. The line for the SMH goodies — which included chocolates with chipotle salt — was a long one, stretching right over the pitcher’s mound at Thorne-Rider Stadium.

Andy graced me with a couple of loaves of fresh-baked rosemary-laced crusty bread that I cradled like a child and brought about much envy. I was compelled to look about for the tent with the fish. (There’s a story somewhere about fish, loaves of bread and a crowd.)

The event’s always a delight, a chance for the greater community to hang out and catch up and enjoy good food, fellowship and music.

The Sheridan Press was a co-sponsor.

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From the Bless-The-Volunteers, file……

Am told the Wounded Warrior Project in Sheridan recently “exceeded expectations.” That display of almost 1,000 flags honoring military service people past and present, law enforcement and first responders was a compelling sight at Sheridan College. The volunteers did a terrific job in placing the flags for display and Sunday, handing them over to those who honored loved ones.

The Sheridan Press was one of the event sponsors.

Incidentally, the next Wounded Warrior Project will be in Buffalo next Saturday and Sunday, during “Longmire Days.” Monday night at our house, we regularly tune into the goings on of fictional Durant, in Absaroka County, Wyo., the place and characters created by Ucross author Craig Johnson. There will be a celebrity autograph signing Saturday morning at 8 with cast members — Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), Katee Sackoff (‘Vic’ Moretti), Adam Bartley (The Ferg), Cassidy Freeman (Cady Longmire), and Bailey Chase (Branch Connally) in Buffalo’s Crazy Woman Square. Author Johnson will also be signing his Longmire series books at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Occidental Hotel and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Buffalo library. There’s golf, karaoke, skeet shooting competitions and a street dance featuring the aforementioned Gary Small & The Coyote Brothers. (Saturday night, 7 to 11.)

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Quotable

“The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see.”

— Author unknown

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