The Flying Wallendas

 
The excitement never stops…
Here is what our Frankfort Chamber of Commerce has to tell:

The last of the original Flying Wallendas is soaring high over Benzie County this week.

Carla Wallenda, 76, will carry on her family’s daredevil tradition this week as part of Frankfort’s Fourth of July carnival.
Every night through July 8 she’ll be 110-feet above the ground, teetering and hanging on her “sway pole” – a steel pole that swings and bends as much as 25 feet to either side of the wire.

She is joined by her fellow performers: husband Mike Morgan and grandson Cody Wallenda.

“I’ve been performing all my life,” said Carla, who began walking a wire when she was just 3. “It gets your adrenaline going. You’re out in your own world. No matter what your problems are, when you’re out there, everything leaves you.”

The Flying Wallendas were founded by Carla’s father, Karl, in the 1920s. It’s a dangerous profession, and the family had its share of tragedy through the years. In 1962, her aunt Rietta fell to her death, and Karl died in 1978 when he fell from a wire in Puerto Rico.

Today, different branches of the family carry on the tradition all over the country. Nik Wallenda – Carla’s grand-nephew – recently walked a tightrope over Niagra Falls from the U.S. to Canada.

But Carla was in Clio that day. She watched it on television from her family’s ice cream stand.

“It was just another day at the office for us,” she said. “You can’t make enough money just doing the act any more, so we added the ice cream stand and a couple of games.”

The team spends the winter months in Florida, polishing their act and keeping in shape. Carla performed in nearly every state in the country, but for the past eight or nine years, summer brings her to Michigan to perform at carnivals and festivals around the state.

“I’ve slowed down traveling, between the cost of fuel and me having to drive a truck pulling a 52-foot trailer,” she said.

Carla has no intention of slowing down her act, and she hopes to keep performing for years to come. Meanwhile, she’s helping another generation of Wallendas take to the skies; grandson Cody is in training, and he could be performing the family’s signature “pyramid” act – a double or triple-decker of tight-rope walkers – in the years to come.

But for now, they’re enjoying their time up north.

“We love it here. I’m just enjoying that beautiful lake,” she said.

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Carnival runs today through July 8. Carla said she and her family will be performing every evening.

So, come one, come all and have a great week in Benzie County and Frankfort in particular.
I am happy to announce that the Wayfarer is fully booked 

T’is the Season

Hi everyone, can you believe it – it’s meeeeeee.
I was made aware that a small number of you are missing my scribblings.  Kathy from the Upwoods blog just sent a comment which brought me here today.

Sadly or maybe not so sad, I don’t have to be up in the mornings any longer.  Which means that I don’t see what you want me to take pictures of too much anymore. After all, the boys are now 18 years old and can get up and drive themselves to school without me nagging them early in the morning about one thing or another.

Mike and I had a Christmas Cocktail party on December 10th and I managed to take a couple of pictures before the guests showed up…

a new location for the Christmas tree

I think we had 15 different kinds of Vodka all together. The only Martinis we made though, were Snowflake Martinis

So much more booze on the buffet

the living room

the library

more alcohol to go with the goodies

yup, I baked - Apricot Window Stars, iced Shortbread candies, snowflakes and ornaments, Chocolate -Cherry-Pecan Rugelach squares, and Walnut cookies

To make things more interesting than just standing around eating and drinking too much, we had a White Elephant exchange which really was a whole lot of fun.

Here is a treat for you.  I had posted it in another blog, but none of you could find it, when all you had to do was highlight the white space in the middle of the blog…

Snowflake Martini

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Creme de Cacao
Splash of Peppermint Schnaps
Vanilla Vodka

Shake, shake, shake until frothy and cold.
Dip the rim of the glass into some vodka and then into pulverized
candy cane or peppermint candies

Snowflake Martini 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you

Stay healthy and have a wonderful and prosperous New Year


I promise to make an effort to get out of the house and shoot many pictures for you!