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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

----- 360 Degrees in the Shady ----- The Grand Tour, Part 1

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man.

It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.

It is the middle ground between light and shadow...

between science and superstition...

and it lies between the pit of man's fears...

and the summit of his knowledge.

This is the dimension of imagination.

It is an area which we call...


Submitted for your approval: a wonderful series of brand new photographs of the Shady Dell, courtesy of the Deroche family, the current owners.

For many of us, this is our first glimpse of Shangri-la in decades!

Here we are on the far side of the patio looking back at the house and shed. Note that the cement slab that once was the dance floor is now a basketball court.

At the edge of the patio stands the old fireplace where generations of kids huddled together for warmth, gazed at the glowing embers, and talked (and smooched) until the wee hours.

Remember the concrete bench upon which many of them sat? A member of John's family bought the bench in an estate sale and donated it to a local church.

Down thataway, of course, is the barn. One side housed three or four horses - the other side, 100 or more rats dancing and romancing the night away. "Surprisingly, the stables are in pretty good condition," says Dell owner Toni Deroche. "The barn wood and beams are probably worth a fortune (if you could find a buyer!)" We'll be heading down the path and taking a look inside the old dance hall soon!

Notice that tiny porch on the right back there? It was just outside of the snack bar. The strategic location of that porch made it one of my favorite spots. On warm evenings, I'd buy a cherry coke from Helen, sit in a lawn chair on that porch, and take in a variety of sights and sounds. There were people strolling up and down the sidewalk in front of me and kids dancing on the patio to music blasting from remote speakers overhead.

That music clashed with tunes reaching my ears from the restaurant jukebox. Adding to the jumbled mix were bits of conversation between John, Helen and various patrons, the constant chatter of the television just inside the door, the dings and pops coming from the pinball machine, and the cursing of the guy playing the pinball machine!

Curious to see what the inside of the house looks like today? The grand tour continues in my next post. See you then!

Have a Shady day!

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