Great Things Happen in Skook

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

Great Things Happen in Skook

My Dad and his family come from Pottsville, PA.  And since Mom had no siblings and her parents died before I even entered kindergarten, our family trips were always to Pottsville to see grandma, uncles, aunts and cousins.  And one of the first blogs I subscribed to here on Active Rain was Erica Ramus.  She's a Broker/Owner in Pottsville, PA.  Reading her blog makes me feel like I am always in touch with the family I have in Pottsville.

Well, when the opportunity presented itself to take a day trip to Pottsville with my cousin Patti, who now resides in New Mexico, I was in!  The purpose of the trip was to buy hot bologna, but if you follow Erica's blog, you already know that.  Turns out, we really didn't need to drive up to buy it.  Erica posted the recipe online.  But what fun is that?  We can't have lunch with Erica if we don't make it to Pottsville, right?

We rolled into downtown Pottsville just in time to swing by Ramus Realty Group and pick up Erica for our lunch date.  Some local fare was in order so she suggested Maroons.  If you aren't familiar with Pottsville, PA you probably have never heard about the Pottsville Maroons.  Let's just say that they ended up what is now the Washington Redskins and back in the EARLY days of the NFL, they won the first ever championship game, but were disqualified from receiving rightful recognition of their win because they refused to sit out a playoff game that the NFL asked them not to play that led up the championship.  So Pottsville had it's own trophy made up and it sits in the Mayor's office.

Erica had her doubts about whether I really did have roots in Pottsville until we talked on the phone the night before the trip and really got into it over lunch.  Not only did our fathers grow up in the same small town of St. Clair, just outside Pottsville, but my uncles were born the same year as her dad.  My Dad was two years their senior.  Guaranteed they all knew each other.  We'll have to have Erica verify that since my uncles and father are no longer with us.  My grandmother even went to the same church as her family.

Anyway, our lunch at Maroons was an absolute pleasure!  Erica felt just like family.  So easy to sit and chat with.  It was like finding a long lost friend.  As for the food, Patti and I split "The Skook" which had a whole bunch of food that grandma used to make like cabbage rolls, fried potato pancakes and city chicken, which is really pork on a stick.  (Skook is the shortened affectionate name for Schuylkill County.)  I know the names of the dishes to verbally communicate them, but never saw the names (except for perogies) in a menu until we lunched at Maroons.  That's what happens when your grandparents grew up speaking Polish and Lithuanian.  You can communicate to grandma what you want verbally, but God help you if you need to write it out.  Should've taken a photo of the menu to be able to give you the real names of the dishes, but the photo of the dish will have to do.

We've now adopted Erica as an official cousin to the Balulis family and I look forward to seeing her next time I'm in Pottsville.  Thanks for a great time, Erica!

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Gary Woltal
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I loved this post Chris Ann and I get to see both of my favorite Rainers together. WONDERFUL story and I love when this happens. MORE Rainers need to get together as often as possible.

Mar 22, 2012 04:13 PM #1
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Gary:  I know!  I think we should always make it a point to see our favorite Rainers if we are going to be in their area.  And in this case, who can believe that our dads were probably pals....or at least went to high school together.

Mar 22, 2012 04:20 PM #2
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Chris Ann -- It was awesome to meet you in person, and Patti too! I had a great lunch with you guys and felt like I've known you forever. We'll do it again.

Mar 22, 2012 04:53 PM #3
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Erica:  I'll be up Labor Day weekend for a wedding.  Let's see if we can do it again!

Mar 22, 2012 05:10 PM #4
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Glad you were able to get together with Erica.  And how funny that you may have family connections from your parents generation.  Small world.

Mar 22, 2012 05:22 PM #5
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How cool is this ladies!  I bet you had a fabuous time and it felt like you've been friends for a long time.  And now you're cousins sweet!

Mar 22, 2012 05:30 PM #6
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Oh I am so jealous ! Wish i was there too! What fun ! Looks like it was a beautiful day !

Mar 22, 2012 05:39 PM #7
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Chris Ann you never know what connection you will make in the Rain.  Reading your story I was expecting to find out at the end that  you and Erica were related.  I guess I wrote my own ending :)

Mar 22, 2012 06:31 PM #8
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Good Morning Chris Ann, that is wonderful you were able to make such a great trip. Now you have me craving... Thanks for sharing and have a great Friday

Mar 23, 2012 05:40 AM #9
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That is so cool!  Erica is one of those folks I would like to meet some day. Sounds like a great road trip!

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Cindy:  It really is a small world.

Anna:  We had to make her a cousin.  She's just too sweet not to.

Hannah:  If we ever get up to Philly for any reason, we'll stop and see you too.

Jennifer:  No, not related by blood, just by commonality.

Scott:  Craving some yummy regional food, or an in person AR encounter?

Susan:  You would have fit right in! 

 

Mar 23, 2012 10:01 AM #11
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OMGOsh! Chris Ann, from the hot balogna to the city chicken, you had my mouth watering! I know you had a great time with Erica!

Mar 23, 2012 01:17 PM #12
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Connie:  It was a great day. 

Mar 23, 2012 07:00 PM #13
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Chris Ann, this sounds like such a blast! I sometimes wish we were closer to join in the fun like this. J

Mar 23, 2012 09:33 PM #14
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Love this!  And what a fantastic picture of you two!

Mar 24, 2012 05:51 AM #15
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Jacque:  It took three and half hours to get there, but was well worth the trip. 

Coral:  It did turn out nice, didn't it?  We have Patti to thank for that.

Mar 24, 2012 10:41 AM #16
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Chris Ann

Thanks for sharing so touching info about your past and friendships. You had me reading just by using Skook in the title. I guess you could say it was one Mama Mia meal. cheers cvc

Mar 24, 2012 11:23 AM #17
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Curtis:  After coming back from enjoying that platter of home cooked goodness I decided there was no time like the present to get back on the elliptical machine and get back into shape.  I mean, what's going to top The Skook? 

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