I personally have never been so close to such creatures and the presented was great about answering questions and telling the crowd about their rescue, eating habits, and their natural intent. First up with the several owls.
Tami's favorite was this little guy who resembles a monkey. He was cute, but perhaps the least bit interested in what was going on and when perched he stayed as far away from his fowl friends as he possibly could.
After the birds we had a little time to kill before any other planned activities so we spent tons of time, and even returned twice to the campus game room, where the kids played air hockey, blared juke box music and Tami and I tried (I mean failed) at playing pool.
They didn't tell us to stop moving during the pose, so several came out blurry. Tami and I did our theme on Jersey girls. I thought for sure the fist pump would have been required.
The kids did Austin Powers. Alex barley moved, but Gavin and Allie went all the way Groovy Baby.
After the photo booth I showed off my former dorm room in Hubbard Hall. Room 101 is now a safety office.
After some driving around Cazenovia, which is a sweet little village with shops, beautiful old houses, a lake, and tons of charm, we made our way to another residence I lived at for a while during my Cazenovia Days. (I didn't get pictures of my first off campus apartment where I lived with my newborn son and his dad, and the campus apartments that I lived in my Jr. year while I was pregnant has since been torn down and an art building has been built there.) I did get some pictures of the home I live in for part of my senior year and was devastated at the condition of the place.
Dinner was at McDonalds. (the only Fast food restaurant in Cazenovia) It was much cheaper and more appealing to the kids (myself too) then the campus dinners offered. Plus they had great toys in the Happy Meals. So I had to get one for myself.
The Alumni reception was next, I didn't see any of my former classmates, but we did talk to a few guys who graduated a few years behind me. It was an entire baseball team who came to support the head coaches induction and awards. I thought that was very nice.
After a few glasses of wine and beer, as well as a few strange snacks, we made our way back to the game room to make the next few hours stretch before the Comedian. (This was the only picture I took at the reception and Tami looks tired, sorry for keeping you up so late).
We did not attend the awards ceremony and allowed the kids to play hide and seek as well as some more games before we were all feeling thirsty and we headed to the next door area. Sort of a late night cafe/pub that offered drinks, coffee, and sandwiches. The girls were unable to figure out how to take our cash since the students use their id cards for payment, so one nice young lady offered up her points. She reported that she had just had the gastric by-pass surgery and could not eat her allotted meal credits. She gave and paid for 7 (why 7 I don't know) drinks for all of us and they let my son go on the computer under their account. How nice.
After some much needed water and soda we headed to the theater for the comedian, Rob Gleeson. We were awarded additional FREE t-shirts that were left over from earlier in the day, so all of us now have shirts, and even though we arrived early there were very few seats left and the kids found us some in the front row! Sitting in the front row at a comedian show is like sitting up front at the whale show. Your gonna get it...either wet or heckled. Better front row then no row, so we sat.
He was pretty funny, and we all had fun with this. Rob Gleenson has also been involved with i-Carley which the kids all were excited about as well as playing an extra on Two and 1/2 men. Gavin refused to get a picture with him, but Allie didn't and she smiled wide with a pose at the end of the show.
Minutes after the comedy show was the featured movie. Monsters University. The audience was provided FREE popcorn and soda, and we all found more appropriate seats to view the screen.
The movie was tons of fun, the day was even better and we all maxed out any energy we had left in us as we drove home. As always we found that Cazenovia continues to make tons of enjoyment and I keep coming back to these types of events year after year. Already anticipating next years adventure.