Cemetery walk, homemade chili and canes brighten up week

Susan Manzke

The last few days have been busy ones for Bob and me. Thursday the fifth started with a trip to one of Bob’s doctors—he has many. Doctor Hunt was checking my husband’s left ear in an effort to discover why Bob has some hearing loss.

Dr. Hunt’s camera takes a peek at Bob.

To get a good look inside of Bob, the doctor used a camera. This machine didn’t go into Bob’s ear. It went up his nose to check for a blocked duct—no blockage was found.

Dr. Hunt looked at the MRI Bob’s oncologist had done in July and saw a bit of fluid behind the left ear. He made a tiny hole in that ear in an effort to drain this problem. Bob felt a little improvement, so that was a positive start to our day.

From the doctor’s office, we went to set up at the Oneida Farmer’s market on what seemed like a perfect day. Four hours later storms rolled in and we packed up our stuff and headed home.

The ghost of Herman Ring played by Norm Blohm.

On Saturday, September 7th we went to the Freedom Moravian Church Cemetery Walk. The ‘ghosts’ included Herman Ring, represented by actor, Norm Blohm.

We heard how Herman’s job as a logger was to ride the logs and poll them down the river, keeping them moving. One evening Herman didn’t return to camp. The following day the body of twenty-two-year-old Herman was found in the water. No exact cause was determined.

The ghosts also included Wilhelm and Friedericke Sievert. This couple was played by Jerry Bernetzke and Cathy Anschutz.  Wilhelm and Friedericke spoke to our group about the troubles they encounter when they moved from Germany to America after they had married. They came to the Appleton area with two young children and lived with relatives until they could buy land of their own in the Town of Osborn. Being pioneers wasn’t easy.

The ghosts of Wilhelm and Friedericke Sievert played by Jerry Bernetzke and Kathy Anschutz.

After visiting many other ghosts in the Freedom Moravian Cemetery we relaxed to a chili lunch in the church hall. I came away with the Moravian church cookbook that contained the recipe for Freedom Moravian Church Chili and a whole lot more. Yum.

Later that day, after going to four o’clock Mass, I rushed home for Bob. We then returned to Seymour to go to The Seymour Community Historical Society Museum. There we joined many others who came out for an art exhibition. The artists for the evening were Kim Klarner and Vernon Kemp.

Though Kim and Vernon are both artists, their artwork is completely different. Kim’s impressive art is cross-stitch, while Vernon’s is woodworking.

There were so many people in attendance, I never got around to personally congratulating Kim. Luckily, Bob and I were able to corner Vernon by some unusual canes he had created over the years. This suited us as Bob was using a wood cane handed down to him from family.

The canes Vernon had made were all gnarly with natural twists and turns. One of Vern’s canes was actually made out of a thick grapevine—Bob is now searching for such a vine in our woods. If he brings some pieces home he’ll have a good winter project.

Bob and Vernon Kemp discuss the different woods Vern uses to make his canes.

Weekends are packed with events. A person can’t possibly attend all these outings, but it sure did feel good to get away from home to participate in these.

The weather is changing. Let’s hope that we don’t have such a wicked winter as we did last year. I’d like to be able to get out and see people. Being stuck at home isn’t much fun.

Susan and Bob Manzke, Sunnybook Farm, N8646 Miller Rd, Seymour, WI 54165;;