Fritz-o-rama

With apologies to my readers back home, I’m going to post a bunch of pictures of people you don’t know!  This is because today there was a potluck of staff and seasonals and included was a retirement party for a man who hasn’t worked here most of the summer.  He had camped and worked here for many years and started the summer with us, but for various reasons he had to retire before the summer even started.  Many people here love Fritz so this was his official send-off.  Several of those people will be reading this blog, so this one’s for them!  (Those of you back home are welcome to read it too, though!)  And without further ado, here are the pictures:

My friend, Katherine

My friend, Katherine

Contest bags Kathy set up...most of them about Fritz.

Contest bags Kathy set up…most of them about Fritz.

One of the furry guests.

One of the furry guests.

Paul taking a picture of me taking a picture of him.  I think this is becoming a tradition!

Paul taking a picture of me taking a picture of him. I think this is becoming a tradition!

Fritz is the guy in the orange shirt.  You'll see a lot of him.

Fritz is the guy in the orange shirt. You’ll see a lot of him.

Mark visiting with folks from the seat of his bicycle.  (We had just gotten off work.)

Mark visiting with folks from the seat of his bicycle. (We had just gotten off work.)

Judy and Les

Judy and Len

Tim and Kathy...Aren't they a cute couple?

Tim and Kathy…Aren’t they a cute couple?

Paul helping Rosanne out of Judy's car.

Paul helping Rosanne out of Judy’s car.

Fritz-o-rama!

Fritz-o-rama!

Swapping stories

Swapping stories

An incredible homemade cake showing where Fritz used to live.  The area has been dubbed Fritz Park.

An incredible homemade cake showing where Fritz used to live. The area has been dubbed Fritz Park.

This young woman is the cake creator.

This young woman is the cake creator.

Judy (President of my Wisconsin fan club) and her husband arriving at the party.

Judy (President of my Wisconsin fan club) and her husband arriving at the party.

Mark visiting with Greg

Mark visiting with Greg

I caught this picture of Judy and Rosanne talking...

I caught this picture of Judy and Rosanne talking…

...so to retaliate, Judy took this picture of me!

…so to retaliate, Judy took this picture of me!

Fritz entertaining the crowd!

Fritz entertaining the crowd!

Three birthday people

Three birthday people

Having a good laugh

Having a good laugh

Kathy and a seasonal

Kathy and a seasonal

Mark partaking of all the good food.

Mark partaking of all the good food.

Something's got their attention!

Something’s got their attention!

Gifts for Fritz included a picture signed by everyone...

Gifts for Fritz included a picture signed by everyone…

...a special book created by Paul...

…a special book created by Paul…

...and a camper made of various gadgets!

…and a camper made of various gadgets!

Kathy reading a poem she wrote for the occasion

Kathy reading a poem she wrote for the occasion

The listeners

The listeners

The applause!

The applause!

Kathy had help with the contest, and the winners are...

Kathy had help with the contest, and the winners are…

Judy, for wearing her keys from Wagon Trail...

Judy, for wearing her keys from Wagon Trail…

I can't remember which contest this was for...

I can’t remember which contest this was for…

...and he won for guessing two out of three of Fritz's interests.

…and he won for guessing two out of three of Fritz’s interests.

Fritz pointing to his RV on the cake.

Fritz pointing to his RV on the cake.

Getting ready to cut the cake

Getting ready to cut the cake

Looking on as the cake is being cut.

Looking on as the cake is being cut.

Rosanne pointing to a picture of Cherie who was covering the office through most of the party.

Rosanne pointing to a picture of Cherie who was covering the office through most of the party.

Paul's piece of the cake, including his RV and the Fritz Park sign.

Paul’s piece of the cake, including his RV and the Fritz Park sign.

Eric, whose name is...

Eric, whose name is…

Mud!

Mud!

Standing around visiting

Standing around visiting

Bob and Tim

Bob and Tim

Cherie finally made it to the party.  I'm sure there's a story behind the picture on this I-phone.

Cherie finally made it to the party. I’m sure there’s a story behind the picture on this I-phone.

Fritz saying his goodbyes...

Fritz saying his goodbyes…

...and getting last minute hugs.

…and getting last minute hugs.

Bob waiting to chauffer Fritz back to his car.

Bob waiting to chauffer Fritz back to his car.

Tim and Kathy reacting to something

Tim and Kathy reacting to something

Frodo

Frodo

Cherie holding somebody's baby

Cherie holding somebody’s baby

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

She's got everyone's attention!

She’s got everyone’s attention!

Should he be driving?

Should he be driving?

Things just kept getting crazier!

Things just kept getting crazier!

And then I stepped back for the big picture!

And then I stepped back for the big picture!

Eric with a goat around his neck.

Eric with a goat around his neck.

What was so funny?  I'll show you...

What was so funny? I’ll show you…

It's hunting season!

It’s hunting season!

And here comes a late comer.

And here’s a late comer.

I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all.  Happy retirement, Fritz!

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