My cousins live in Greenville, Pa., where my parents grew up. We used to get together every year for a pig roast, but schedules got in the way. Then we found ourselves getting together for funerals. And that sucks.
So on Saturday, we had an impromptu “let’s meet and eat” at Timber Creek Tap and Table in Meadville. If you have never been there, go — it is great fun, and the food is terrific — even deep fried pickles!
Beef kabobs were my choice — fabulous. So are the martinis — oh and so is the beer, but I really wanted a martini.
We’ve had a lot of visitors this month. For the Fourth of July, we had a Howie Eckert sighting. He came to town for the first time in two years (other than a 24-hour stint for a funeral). It was nice to see my firstborn with his girlfriend, Amber.
Kelly Eckert returns home frequently with her boyfriend, Nick. I think they have attended (and she has been) in more weddings than I can count in the past year.
Andrew Parker and his wife, Devin, will be moving home. So he has been here for interviews, and they will be moving home soon.
We still have Matthew and Mo Parker and their girls, Mia and Macie, in town. And Christopher Parker lives in Erie. And Ryan Eckert, who will be our fourth Gannon graduate in December, lives in Erie. Both Mo and Devin are also Gannon grads. So that makes six!
If you’re an empty nester, be prepared for the Bed and Breakfast owner role. It’s great to get them home — even if we can’t get them all here at the same time. Summer is going to slip away, but I am planning some trips for September and October to catch up with our out-of-towners.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!