Sun and Moon and 180 Degrees of Sky

Over the weekend I was in Bismarck, North Dakota, leading a start-up process for their new consulting minister. I was invited to a concert on Saturday night, and I’m so very happy that I went!

The concert was in the yard of the Bohemian Hall, eight miles south of Mandan ND. If you do an internet search for “Bohemian Hall,” you’ll get multiple references for the Bohemian Hall and beer garden in Astoria NY. It’s described as “an old time Central European bar with a massive outdoor beer garden.”

That’s not an accurate description of the Bohemian Hall near Mandan. This Bohemian Hall is a small white building, shaped somewhat like a church, with a big wooden floor that would have been great for dancing. The building is 101 years old and is a gathering place for people in the area. Outhouses marked “His” and “Hers” are out back.

The concert was by local musician Chuck Suchy and his family. Mr. Suchy is a farmer and singer/songwriter. His son Ben played a blues set, and his daughter Andra, part of a Minneapolis group called the Dollies, sang some original numbers and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” Mr. Suchy came on stage at dusk and played several numbers, which were received with enthusiasm by the crowd.

The crowd included about 400 people on lawn chairs, drinking coffee and eating pie and kolaches for sale in the Hall. There were people in their 80’s as well as young families with babies and toddlers — men in seed caps and women in denim and turquoise; older fellows discussing the state of their corn crops and women hugging and greeting their friends; a few drinking beer or perhaps something stronger from their coffee thermoses.

The evening was wonderful. To the east, we could see a little white church in a grove of trees up on a hill. To the west, a cornfield. And 180 degrees of sky around us, with wispy clouds, a slight breeze to cool us and to keep the mosquitoes away.

As the sun went down in the west, a full moon rose in the east. It was a lovely, lovely night and one I shall remember for a long, long time. One of my personal goals for this summer was to have more fun. This magical night surely qualifies!

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2 Responses to “Sun and Moon and 180 Degrees of Sky”

  1. Janis Says:

    Thanks Nancy for your thoughtful leadership and support in our start up process! This will be an exciting year with great opportunity and I am very hopeful we will all learn a great deal from each other. Thanks also for the lovely, evocative description of the Saturday concert and for the reminder about the importance of having fun. I tend to forget that, too.

  2. nheege Says:

    Yes, and fun shouldn’t end just because summer is over! Especially with this election season, let’s not take ourselves too seriously! After all, baseball is still being played, and the Twins are tied for first place in their division!

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