Trisha's father passed away in June. Instead of cancelling the party, her family decided to turn it into his Celebration of Life.
Yesterday I drove eighty miles to the Brown's farm in Wellington to attend NormFest.
I parked in the field...
then checked in at the Norm Shrine.
I signed the guest book and made a name tag. Everyone was asked to include the year they met Norm on their name tag. I thought that was a nice touch. My year was 1988.I also picked up a Norman Brown baseball card. Norm was a huge sports fan, so this was a perfect alternative to a traditional program.
Part of Norm's baseball hat collection was on display. Everyone was encouraged to choose a hat to bring home with them.
A local band played some of Norm's favorite tunes.Trish sang, too. She sounded great.
In keeping with the traditions of HayFest, seating consisted of hay bales covered with horse blankets.It was a lot of seats, but every one of them got used.
After the service, we were encouraged to go pet horses while the food was being prepared.
I was happy to oblige.
We ate, we drank and we shared Norm stories.
It was a great party and a perfect tribute to a man who will be deeply missed.