HAPPY MOUTH — August 2003

This evening was HAPPY MOUTH — our monthly supper club outing, and what a special one it was!

It was Holly’s month to plan, and she planned the first-ever Happy Mouth Road Trip! Ed, Holly, Ted, Tracy, Jay, Chuck, Kristy, Doug, Meg, Wendy, and Drew went to Moonlite Barbeque in Owensboro, Kentucky, about 4 hours away from Cincinnati.

Moonlite Barbeque was excellent! You can order off their extensive menu, but the best money is spent taking advantage of their buffet, which featured barbequed chicken, ribs, brisket, roast pork, and (Wendy’s favorite) roast mutton, along with loads of great vegetables, salads, and other side dishes. We had a great time sampling all these items, and our spunky waitress, Samantha, made the evening quite enjoyable.

The dessert line at the Moonlite stood up quite well to our demands, with cherry cobbler, a sugar pie, some cream pies, brownies, and ice cream. Yum!

But that wasn’t the end of the Happy Mouth outing…

From the restaurant, we went back to the hotel (Owensboro’s famous hotel/convention center, “The Executive Inn Rivermont“) to have some drinks and enjoy the indoor pool and hot tubs before retiring to our room for more drinks & cigars. The hotel was packed full of softball teams and people there to see Loretta Lynn, who was playing there that evening. We finally went to sleep after a fun day, but even that doesn’t mark the end of the Happy Mouth outing!

The next morning, most of us (Doug & Meg had to head home) went to Holiday World Amusement Park in Santa Claus, Indiana (I’m not making that up) for a day of fun in the sun. Throughout its half-century of existence, Holiday World has set high standards for the theme park industry, with beautiful grounds and landscaping, plus a steadfast adherence to the values established in the company’s cornerstones: safety, service, cleanliness and friendliness. Holiday World is the world’s first theme park, and it celebrates three different holidays: Christmas, Halloween, and Fourth of July. There are LOADS of rides — everything from spin-n-pukes to twirl-n-hurls to a couple really respectable wooden coasters, The Raven and The Legend.

We had a great time at Holiday World! It’s a very clean park, nicely run, with free parking and free soft drinks all day long. Food is inexpensive and very tasty. After a long day at the park, it was time to get back on the road and head home.

Thanks to Holly for planning our first-ever Happy Mouth Road Trip so well! It was a great time!

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