Some memories of this year's 4th of July celebration in Ripley:
At the Downtowner Restaurant:
Three of our family's runners in Firecracker Run:
George, my oldest son (#247 above) came in first of our family group. This was my niece Amanda's (#263) first race. Derek (#262)was happy to cross the line ahead of his two oldest children:
After the race and the parade I found this group playing and singing. I stopped to listen and join in on a few songs:
We gathered at Derek's for a cookout later on, to christen the new patio he built with huge cut stones, brick and fieldstone. It is beautiful--I need to take some photos to share here. Some went back into town for the fireworks, but I was happy on the patio by the fire. It was a perfect, laid-back family 4th--the only bad part is that we have to wait another year for the next one.