This morning Ken juiced apples and Nancy served up eggs, toast and melons. Bob called Wilbur for the number of a chiropractor in town. I helped Nancy feed sheep and pick peaches to take to the Hutterite colony. The colony heard we were here and wanted us to come sing.
We were late when I got out of the chiropractor office and hurried to the colony with Nancy. They parked us and ushered us into the dining hall to eat before we sang. They have a neat little community of group houses with clotheslines and sidewalks and curbs in grey tones with womenin pretty calico and white dresses & black head coverings.The children were playing in their dresses with stiff bonnets and boys with their suspenders.
We carried in one guitar, not knowing if we would be allowed to sing with instruments. Janet seated us right inside the dining hall as the bells were ringing and people were hustling about filling serving dishes for a family style meal in a cafeteria setting; family style that is with the exception that the women sat on one side of the room and the men on the other. Janet reassured us that that was their custom and we weren't expected to comply. We passed deep-fried turkey bites and home made soups, relish, rolls and raw vegetables and water... very generous hospitality!
The men suddenly stood up and whisked away, "time to go to work", Janet told us. The young ladies gathered at the end of our table and serenaded us with Gospel songs in English and German. The they sat down and we were informed it was our turn.
Our girls sang a couple acapella tunes and we were given our guitar to sing a couple family songs. Then they asked for fiddles, so we sang a couple more songs while James fetched the fiddles.They played the fiddle stack, where they end by bowing each others fiddles on a medley of bluegrass tunes. More? Yes, more they said.So we sang several more. More? More fiddles they said. So the girls played This Little Light of Mine and we closed with May the Blessings of the Lord Be Upon You and We Thank You for the Food That We have Et... they laughed and smiled, then loaded us down with tomatoes and home made bread and followed us out to our motor homes for a tour of the rigs. We sent a couple CDs as gifts to the girls and said good bye as we hurried to our next engagement , the Menno Senior Center