Rock around the clock

Martin and I are headed across the border this weekend for our yearly visit to the hamlet of Wauconda, Washington. If you are a regular reader you'll know that our trip to the Fabulous 50's Sock Hop and Vintage Car Show at the Wauconda Community Hall has become a staple of our summer. We go not only to step back in time and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 50's, but also to reminisce about our own memories there. Our costumes and the music speak of another age, but our memories of the past years have created an integral part of the fabric of our lives together.

This will be our ninth visit and we're looking forward to seeing people we have gotten to know a bit and to enjoy our favourite things about the area. We'll stop by the amazing junk and antique place in Malo and see if they have any vintage kitchen knick knacks, and we'll pop into the grocery store in Republic for some American beer and wine and probably a few other traditional Yankee treats like Tillamook cheddar and whatever the new flavour of chip happens to be :) We have to try a piece of pie before we start dancing, and the Ladies Auxiliary always has a great selection. I have a handwritten recipe for apricot pie that was sent to me a few years ago from Edna, who is in her 90s now but still bakes for the sock hop (the sales from the pies helps fund the ongoing maintenance of the hall). I haven't mastered it yet, as it's one of those recipes that says to add "just enough" sugar, and to blend the pastry until "it feels right". Once I get those elements translated, I'll post it on my blog.

Martin and I have shared this experience over the years with various people and this year is no different. We invited friends to join us who are vintage car fans, and good dancers, so it should be another great weekend. Chloae, my stepdaughter, has seen a few Sock Hops - she was quite twitterpated at 15 when one of the tall young cowboys asked her to swing dance with her. Perhaps she will bring her boyfriend with her next year, and create her own memories.

New adventures are exciting and I highly encourage them. New tastes can be added to our repertoire of flavours, and new places might open our eyes to new horizons. That is not to say that classic favourites are to be abandoned, however. There is a lot to be said for enjoying a moment that has layers from the past similar experiences that we enjoy. The love and peace we feel in Wauconda is one of those moments for Martin and I. When I bite into my pie this year, it will taste of many fond summer memories that will flood back to me instantly. As I have heard people say, "it tastes like another!" I think I will have one more, just for the fun of it.

Here's hoping you can create a great memory - new or classic - this week!

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


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