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September 9th, 2016

Destination? Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek, Restaurant, Laurel, Delaware

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Laurel, Delaware, is considered to be part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.  It takes about 40 minutes from Rehoboth Beach. Going on Rt. 24 all the way, checking out the country side.  Stopping for lunch which is something I have been wanting to do.  It happened that I was in the area.

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It was such a hot day, we decided to eat indoors.  But, I must tell you that the outdoor seating looked very nice, more so as the cooler fall temperatures start to arrive.  Abbott’s Grill is located on Broad Creek at 300 Delaware Avenue.  Tel. 302- 280-6172.  They open for lunch and dinner.  Website?  http://www.abbottsgrillde.com.

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Friday, September 16, there is a Murder Mystery Dinner.  It will begin at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required by calling 302-280-6172. It will be a 3 course dinner & show, by Ovation Dinner Theatre Performance… $40/person….Who Shot the Sheriff?

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I found the restaurant to be bigger than I thought.  It has a separate bar and banquet facilities, as well.  But, the first thing I saw as we came in was the bread on the counter.  Just baked and beautiful.

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Kristen was to take care of us and she did a great job.  A big shout for her.

The most incredible chips were brought to our table.  They were made out of flour and spinach.  Soft, warm, lightly salted, and the best ever, accompanied with salsa.  Worth driving there.  And, of course, they are made in house.

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We ordered the same thing from the daily special….Colvine Farms Bison Burger with white cheddar, bacon, portobello and onion.  Colvine Farms are located on Rt. 404….local, the best!!

A medium rare bison burger is so yummy, cooked to perfection with beautiful looking tomatoes.  Loved the flavor of the bison!

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It was a quick lunch with no dessert because as you can see it was not necessary.

Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek is the sister restaurant of Abbott’s Grill located in Milford, Delaware, north of the Delaware beaches.

Have a great week-end.

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July 24th, 2016

Fun at Funland, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, A New Post by Sophia, Watching out for You Kids!! Summer 2016

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Need a ride to Funland?  Remember me?  I am Miss Sophia and I am a little bit new at posting on a blog.  So give me a chance.  I will improve.  There is nothing better than living at the beach!  It is my playground.  On such a hot week-end a day at the beach was a must.

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Rehoboth Beach has parks and plenty of places to have a picnic.  One of my favorites past times.  I am a foodie at heart so a little to eat outdoors is always priceless!

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Kids coming to Rehoboth Beach will soon find out that the Boardwalk is the life of the town.  Lots of fun for young ones like me.  But there is one place where the whole family will enjoy.  That is Funland located at 6 Delaware Avenue and the Boardwalk.  There are a lot of young kids attractions but the thrill rides that the older ones like, are also there.  It opens daily at 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.  The website is http://www.funlandrehoboth.com.

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We had just been at Nicola Pizza, having dinner and a delicious Nic-o-Boli.  Website? http://www.nicolapizza.com.

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It was in June and the weather was still a bit cooler.  So off we went to Funland.  First thing my Grandmas and my Mom wanted to do was Whack-a-mole.  This game was invented so long ago, in 1976. We had just gone from Nic-o-Boli to Whack-a-mole!!  I was not sure about why all the screaming, but they thought it was fun.  So here I am with my Mom.  A Nikon Moment.

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The beautiful carousel was more my speed at this stage of my life.  I forgot to tell you but I have been busy mastering the art of walking.  I am a bit stiff but it is definitely getting much better.

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I know I am very serious on my photos but I can assure you that I was having fun.  haha

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I think the boat rides are the same price of so many years ago.  On the first photo you can see my Dad on a green boat when he was little. He is not smiling either. On the other photo is where I am. A green boat, as well.  1 ticket per ride still!! A bargain.

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Early evening is a good time for Funland.  It is quieter than later at night.

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I am going on the cutest little engine ride.

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And then on the Police Car.

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Oh no, I did not know about this next ride….but here they were taking me too!!

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It was getting late and more people were starting to come in.  It is right off the Boardwalk so it such an easy walk from all points in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  I will get the hang of all these rides as I get older but my first experience was a “blast”.  Talk to you later!!

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June 22nd, 2016

New Foodie in Town, Sophia, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Half Full, Restaurant, Pizza, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, A New Post by Sophia, Kids Eat at The DE Beaches

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Hi there. Here I was this past week-end when the weather was glorious.  It is what I love the most. Playing on the beach with my family.  Well, there is another thing I like to do just as much and that is eating.  I am Sophia and I am a new foodie in town.  Looking for places that kids are welcomed and not rushed.  It is the beach, afterall, you should come here to relax and chill out.

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Half Full is the restaurant that we went to eat the other night.  It is in Lewes, Delaware, located at 125 Second St.  Tel. 302-645-8877.  It is open from Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.    Website?  http://www.halffulllewes.com.

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My Grammy and my Mom were there too.  Half Full is celebrating their first year in this location.  I guess it is about my age.  I just took my first steps and this is a milestone.  I am growing up.  Everyone has been laughing and clapping at my way of walking.  I will master it and then they will be sorry because I will be all over the place.

At Half Full you order at the counter and then they will bring you the food at the table.  Our table, and this is a tip from me to you, was inside.

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It was a corner booth.  It is perfect for little ones like me.  You can also eat outside on their porch but my Mom thinks this is the best one.  There is also a high table that I have sat before.  Yes, I do get around.

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Some of you might think I should be home in bed but to tell you the truth it was not late and I also took a late afternoon nap.  So I was ready for some tasting.

The first thing we ordered was the Cold Board.

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It is a composed salad of two cheeses, sopressata, roasted red pepper and tomato, Kalamata olives, which I so love, and garlic sauce.  I am not into the garlic sauce but I love everything else.  You can tell by the photos by Grammy took.

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Two pizzas were ordered.  These pizzas are thin and crispy.  They are sooooo good.  You are going to love them and so will your children.

In the background the pizza was Have It Your Way….you customize it.  Tomato sauce, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and Kalamata Olives. That was my Mom’s.

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In the foreground my Grammy’s was The Lobster & The Leek…Canadian lobster, creamy leek confit, cognac tomato sauce.  My Grammy said she had forgotten how good these pizzas were.  I totally agree with her.  They were yummy!!

It was an early evening in Lewes.  The town was quiet.  Stay tuned for my next post.

Night Night!!

June 19th, 2016

What’s Going On? New Foodie in Town, Sophia, Nicola Pizza, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I am Miss Sophia.  Most of the time my favorite past time is playing on the beach.  I am very new to this.  I am only 15 months old.  I am a fast learner.  Besides doing all those things babies do, I have become quite a foodie.  I like most everything.  I try it once and if I put a funny face my Mom usually knows that I am not too comfortable with such a unique taste.  One thing I love is ice cream, watermelon, and cherry tomatoes.

I love Italian food so we took off to Nicola Pizza.  They tell me that since 1971 it has been a favorite of residents and visitors alike.  It has 2 locations:  the original located at 8 N 1st Street and the second on 71 Rehoboth Avenue.  The second one is practically around the corner.  Tel. 302-227-6211.  Website http://www.nicolapizza.com.

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My Mom and my 2 grandmas were with me at the original location.  Nicola Pizza is very kid friendly.  No rush, stay as long as you want.

We ordered French Fries!  Sprinkling them with a little Apple Cider Vinegar is always good, but I just put ketchup on mine.  My Grammy calls this type of food Boardwalk Grub!  Not sure what she means, but I think I will be learning more and more about these favorites of all that come to the beach.  I forgot to tell you that it seems they all like their fries well done!

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Nicola Pizza is known for their Nic-o-Boli.  The original has ground beef and you can add all kinds of other goodies like, onions, cheese, sweet peppers, mushrooms and the list goes on.  They have a vegeterian ones, as well.  These Nic-o-Bolis can be also bought by the dozen.  Nicola Pizza also ships.

This is what the Nic-o-Boli looks like. Inside, it is hot and full of meat, cheese and sauce.

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My Grammy wanted to have it but did not want to eat all the dough.  She says summer is coming.  I want to tell her summer is here!!  Anyway, they have what they call a Nic-o-Boli in a bowl.  She added sweet peppes, and mushrooms.

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She loved it.  Guilt free she said.

Mama Nicola (Joan Caggiano) was making the rounds.  She always stops at each table to see if her customers are satisfied.  When she came to my table she decided to take a seat and watch me eat my spaghetti which by the way, I loved.  I slurperd those noodles right up and loved the meatballs, as well.

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Mama Nicola was so nice.  She just watch me eat and have a good time.

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From here we were off to the rides at Funland, also in Downtown Rehoboth Beach!!

I’ll be passing the word around as I see kid friendly places, here at the Delaware Beaches.  Night Night!!

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May 13th, 2016

Annual Event!! Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run/3K Walk, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Raising Money for Breast Cancer Research & Support

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Wearing the T-Shirt volunteers and runners celebrated the Super Heroes in their lives!!  The Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5 K Fun Run/3 K Walk is an annual event that has been taking place in Downtown Bethany Beach, Delaware on Mother’s Day Week-End.  Every year more and more people register to honor someone and have the opportunity to spend some time at the beach.

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It is a relaxed race and walk.  The Founder and Chair is Ann Raskauskas and the Co-Chair is Carol Hartnett.  The event just took place last week-end, but pretty soon plans for next year’s event will be taking place.  The website is http://www.bethanybeachbreastcancer.com.

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If you have been at the Delaware Beaches you know we have had an amazing amount of rain this week.  But, it just so happened that last Saturday early in the morning the clouds broke and we even saw sunshine for a little bit of time while the race and walk took place.  The Boardwalk in Bethany was the meeting place and look how pretty the ocean looked!!

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I was in charge of the Information Booth and Dog Station where pooches stopped to say hello, have some water and grab a bandana.

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It is a community affair with friends and families reuniting in celebration of miles stones in their lives.

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This year’s theme was so much fun.  The runners really got into the dressing up….

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These guys were part of a team but they were so funny.

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There were prizes awarded and then a little bit of stretching before starting the Run/Walk.

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The Boardwalk in Bethany Beach is the center of this coastal resort town.  The Boardwalk grub like fries, pizza and the rest of those yummy treats…..but I stopped at Turtle Beach Cafe on the south side of the boardwalk for a smoothie.

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The Green Smoothie is so delicious and refreshing.  It has banana, mango, pineapple, spinach and spirulina….also they will add yogurt, as well, but you can have it without.  Spirulina is a microalgae that has high nutritional value and health benefits.  It is is considered a super food.

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Remember same time same place next year in Bethany Beach the Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run/3K Walk will be waiting for you!!

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May 6th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Mariachi, Cinco de Mayo, Restaurant, Bar, Spanish Cuisine, Latin American Cuisine, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Choosing Mariachi located at 14 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was a no brainer.  Have you had Yolanda’s cooking?  That woman can cook!!  And, she can cook diverse Spanish and Latin American dishes.  Mariachi has been in Rehoboth Beach since 2006.  Spanish and Latin American cuisine has always been so flavorful…it was not discovered just the other day.  Foodies have embraced this cuisine because there is so much to choose from.

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Mariachi is open every day now.  Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.  They offer Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  The restaurant has 2 floors with 2 bars and on the top floor there is a great balcony where you can dine on beautiful summer nights and watch Rehoboth Beach show visitors why we love living here.  Great Happy Hour by the way.  The telephone is 302-227-0115.

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Please check their website…http://www.mariachirehobothde.com

Unfortunately, it was really raining on Cindo de Mayo.  We had reservations, thank God.  The restaurant was packed, the line coming to the street.  My friend, Jody pushed her way through.  Some were looking at us funny as we passed through, but we did have reservations.  My party?  Some old and new friends; from left Lori, Jody, Julie and Kelly.

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A quick visit to the bar but we did not have to wait long to be shown to our table.  Some tables were louder than others, but ours was a little quieter.  I kept watching Yolanda as she handled all the customers with her usual smile as she walked from one side of the restaurant to the other, also asking customers how their food was.

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On Cinco de Mayo Mariachi had a special menu but you could also order from the main menu, which by the way it is extensive.

My friends ordered from the special menu:

Poc Chuc Tacos on a corn tortilla.  Poc Chuc is charbroiled pork which has been marinated in imported Mayan spices. The tacos came with pico de gallo and sour cream.

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And broiled Tilapia fish tacos on flour tortillas.

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What caught my eye was from their Main Menu….Masitas de Puerco Cuban Style.  These were pork morsels marinated in a “criolla” sauce and roasted in Sevilla’s bitter oranges.  Loved this dish and I would order it again on a heart beat.  The pork morsels just melted in your mouth.  Great seasoning….accompanied with rice, black beans, of course, sweet plantains, a bit of broccoli and rice.  The photos shows how good it looked.

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No dessert was necessary…Summer 2016 is almost here.

Service was very attentive even though the restaurant was so crowded.  The bill?  So reasonable.  Mariachi is one of those restaurants that serves the whole family.  Check it out.

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April 27th, 2016

Lewes Eat!! Heirloom, Restaurant, Downtown Historic Lewes, Delaware, Open 7 Days a Week, Dinner, Coastal Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rose Dinner, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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“Most heirlooms have been saved and selected because they have the best flavor and production in home and small market gardens.  We get the benefit of this long development cycle, as only the best producing, most flavorful, most memorable and most dependable varieties have made the selection through the years.  Delicate, weak or fickle varieties are no longer with us.”

Hello to Heirloon, located at 212 Savannah Rd. in Historic Lewes, Delaware.  Tel. 302-313-4065.  You may also find Heirloom on Facebook.  Website?  http://www.heirloomdelaware.com

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At this time of the year I am trying to visit some of the new and already seasoned restaurants in our area.  Pretty soon it will be a little difficult to park, get reservations….Yes, Summer 2016 is almost here.  Meters will be going up, you know what I mean.

My friend Cathy from Bethany Beach, and I, decided on Heirloom on a quiet week day a couple of weeks ago.  Have heard all good reviews but I like to see for myself.  Not all of us have the same discriminate palate.

I felt like I was home.  The restaurant is charming.  It exudes warmth.

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A small gathering at the bar.

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Our table was in a cozy corner….drinks and bread were served.

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Our room was quiet and our service was unobtrusive.  Our server was attentive but she sensed we wanted to catch up, so she let us have our time.

We decided on a few appetizers.  I had heard that they had sweetbreads.  I ordered the Veal Sweetbreads in honor of my late husband, who totally loved them.  John ordered them every time he saw them offered at a restaurant.

These Crispy Veal Sweetbreds had a chili glaze, served with charred broccoli, egg yolk puree, and sesame seeds.  They were so flavorful, tender and delicious.

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Cathy ordered the Beets in a Garden, served roasted, pickled, raw, dehydrated, and puree, house whipped ricotta, brown butter crunch, and hazelnut “dirt”.  Beautiful presentation and tasty beets.

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Our choices for entrees were just perfect.

Cathy chose the Pan Seared New Jersey Scallops.  They have had scallops on the menu before, but these were new.  Fiddlehead ferns, asparagus, charred rhubard compote, and ramp pistou.  Ramp pistou is Provence’s much loved answer to pesto.  The French Pistou is made with soft herbs, oil and toasted nuts or seeds of some kind.

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Best Pork Chop at the Beach!!  This Double Cut Berkshire Pork Chop was huge and so tender and juicy.  Granny Smith apple puree, crispy brussels, fingerling potatoes, and shaved horseradish.  What a dish!!

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For dessert, we shared a sampler of ice cream and sorbet.  Refreshing and the perfect ending to such a nice meal.

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Megan Lee is the owner of Heirloom and was so gracious to show us around.  She has put so much work into this restaurant and it shows.  I wish her the best!!

Event:

Rose Dinner in conjunction with Southern Wine Spirits will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd.  It is a 5 course dinner paired perfectly with the proper wine for each tasting.  You may call 302-313-4065 to make a reservation or visit the Facebook Page.

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Heirloom:  We will be back!!

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April 26th, 2016

VOTE, Primaries, Delaware, Donald J. Trump Visits Delaware, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware State Fair, July 20 – 30, 2016

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The Delaware State Fair is a 10-day event that takes place at the end of July.  This year’s event will begin on July 20th until July 30th.  It is located at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952.  Tel. 302-298-3269.  Please visit http://www.delawarestatefair.com.

The fairgrounds include racetracks, agricultural exhibits, and stage where entertainment takes place.  People think that nothing else happens at the fairgrounds besides the State Fair, but check the website above mentioned to see what is going on.  Save the date for May 21st for the “In the Come Together Day Dog Show” hosted by the East Coast Bully League.

So you wonder, what my friend Susan Dimondi and I were doing there.  She does have a connection to the Fairgrounds.  Delaware is so small.  No one ever comes here, right?  I am not sure if other candidates have visited Delaware in the past year, but Donald came to see if he could snatch those 3 delegates we have to offer.

When we arrived, the arena already had about 3,500 supporters.  It is a huge place.

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Outside security was tight  Plenty of food trucks. No alcohol. No protesters.

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Hillary’s Tail of Lies….this guy was a hit on the arena.  His shirt on big letters “”At this point What Difference does it Make”.  No, I don’t think he likes Hillary at all.  Check his website http://www.justaskamerica.com

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The media was ready.  Donald made his usual comments about the media….the Worst!!

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Before Donald arrived, a prayer for all, the Pledge of Allegiance, The National Anthem.  The crowds were so well behaved.

Donald was about to land in his helicopter.

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And then the crowds went crazy.  There were over 10,000 people there.  Someone said to me that the whole state was there.  LOL

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His speeches are the same.  The crowds react the same.  People are definitely angry.  There were people there that had just been to Berlin, Maryland, when he visited on the same week.  This crowd was very patriotic and anything he said along those lines was cheered.

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I was surprised to see how slender he looked in person.  Even if you were not a Trump follower, you would have gotten right into it.  You could not help to follow the crowd’s chantings.

So The Donald came and went.  Please get out and VOTE!!

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