A Touch of Victoria

On Saturday, September 24th, a touch of Victoria was on display at the Victoria Recreation Center.  Although it was billed as “Discover Victoria Day,” it didn’t feature a majority of Victoria businesses. organizations, and amenities, but just a touch of them. 

Thanks, Folks.

Sneaky the Clown (Hi, Monique) hung out with Don Danielson who wears a different outfit when he works in the meat department at Fresh Seasons Market.

There is no facility in Victoria as spacious, open, and inviting to residents and their families as the Victoria Recreation Center.  Where would people be congregating without it?

Scott Knight, a member of the Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Patrol, along with his steed, was available to pose for photos — so I took one.

Andy Bartles of Document Destruction was on hand with Sandy Tietz of KleinBank Victoria, offering to shred documents free of charge on behalf of KleinBank.

Once inside the Rec Center, people could step to the left and join dozens of families having lunch and watching their kids play hockey. 

Or they could go straight ahead out the back door to the Kemp’s Ice Cream truck where Randy Miller, president of the Victoria Business Owners Association, welcomed people and passed our ice cream bars.  Randy’s t-shirt is a reminder that access to downtown Victoria may be upside down in 2012 because of the Hwy 5 construction project, but Victoria is still the place to be.

The Jumping Castle was located just across the sidewalk from the Ice Cream Truck.  With temperature hovering near 80 degrees on this gorgeous September day, both the ice cream bars and the castle were popular attractions.

Informing people about the Hwy 5 project next summer is (l-r) Nicole Peterson (an engineer with MnDOT), Cara Geheren (Victoria City Engineer with FOCUS Engineering), and Holy Kreft (Victoria Community Development Director).  At right is Ann Mahnke, Victoria Public Works Director as well as Victoria Parks and Rec Director.

That’s Jessy Halverson, a Certified Veterinarian Technician at Victoria Veterinary Care, and daughter Sara on the left.  On the right is Marie Bartusch, newest CVT member on the team at the clinic.

Steve Ische,  President of Premier Land Surveying, is licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Lois Plocher, owner of Floyd's in Victoria entertained many passers by with one of her  savory homemade soups, including (l-r) Christopher Gray and his dad Tom (Victoria Building Official) and Rick Stucki (Fresh Seasons Market).

Hello,  Lynn DeVito (Bakery/Deli Manager) and Mike McNiel (Store Manager).  Thank you, Fresh Seasons, for the delicious carrot cake.

Bill Brown has worked several years for Hartman Companies in Victoria, which includes tree farm, nursery, landscaping, irrigation, farmer's market.

It was fun running into old friends at the Victoria Recreation Center on Saturday, September 24th, including Rod and Ramona Groff of Waconia (left) and Debby and Daryl Wrolson of Victoria.  Rod was the manager of the Victoria Lumber Company for many years, and Ramona was a bookkeeper there.  Both couples were active members of the former Victoria Chamber of Commerce and volunteered many hours for the annual Touch of Bavaria event and the various Business Expos -- as were Dave and Marlene Speltz who were also at Victoria Day but not in this photograph:)

Roxie Grahn, left, and  Megan Carleton work for Midwest Dental at Dr. Bruce Baker's office in Victoria

Beth Zimmerman, left, and Michelle Lewin are the owners of The Parlour Salon and Spa in Victoria.  That's  Beth's daughter Shelby helping her mom at Discover Victoria Day.

Allison Neaton, left, and Katie Wipfli told about fall 2011 programs and events at the Lowry Nature Center in Victoria.

Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Heger invited people to the Fire Department Open House on October 1st.