Moist Memorial Weekend in Minneapolis

Suzuki Conf

U-betcha! Wet but welcoming was the long Memorial Day Weekend that Lolita and I spent in Minneapolis as exhibitors at the 17th Biennial Conference of he Suzuki Association of the Americas. The inclement weather did not prevent some 800 music teachers of the Suzuki Method from attending the plethora of events held at the Hilton Hotel.  In short, its exhibition hall, ballroom and meeting rooms set aside for the delegates were packed with jostling crowds of aficianados and educators alike midst the ambient sounds of violins and other strings.

It was also an occasion for us to meet up with people from other associations in the field, amongst whom was Doris Preucil: she was a leading light of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (now known as the National Guild of Community Arts Education) two decades ago, and it was a joy to talk about old times.

Lolita and Doris

With the abundance of lakes in and around town, it’s not surprising that so many downtown cafes offer a surprising number of fish dishes – walleye, cod, whitefish and so on. Close by to the hotel was an Irish pub – The Local – that reminded us of our years spent in the UK.

Naturally, we ordered fish and chips, and the young lassie who was waiting on us chirruped ‘You betcha’ as she scribbled our choice for lunch and sinful sounding dessert on her pad. We soon learned that the shortened form ‘U-betcha’ for ‘yes’ or ‘yup’ could be found almost as a motto on local plates extolling the culinary virtues of the North Star State.

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