Kim, Mike, Jolene and Robyn arrived in town late in the afternoon. We joined them in their room at the Fairfield Inn and then decided that we would all go to Kelsey's for supper. Afterwards, we stopped by the house so they could see the renovation work, which remains ongoing, before they headed back to the hotel.
Mike had planned to take advantage of an Easter tour offered at Stack Brewing, a local craft brewing operation. The name comes from the Superstack, an iconic smokestack that INCO built at its Copper Cliff Smelter almost fifty years ago. Ironically, Vale (which bought INCO a decade ago) recently announced plans to phase out and possibly demolish the Superstack. As they stopped by the house, friend John from Ottawa dropped by to visit, so he joined us.
The tour was interesting. Lots of stainless steel and vessels named after classic TV detectives (and a Star Wars droid). Owner Shawn Mailloux served as our guide. In addition to describing the current operation, he spoke about expansion plans that are in the works. Crowds were gathering and, by the time we left, there were lineups at the cash.
After the tour, we decided lunch was in order. Our first choice was the Sizzle Mongolian Grill at the old Cassio's location, but it was closed. Next try was the Taphouse Northern Grill and Pub on Regent Street. It was open, not too busy and we had a nice meal. In fact, my Southwest Club Sandwich with real pieces of turkey, thick bacon and BBQ sauce was memorable. I wasn't as restrained in my menu choices as I was last night.
After lunch, Mike, Kim and the girls returned to the hotel for a nap. Sandy and I came back to the house. Mike texted later asking about bowling alleys. There is only one in town as far as I know. We decided to stay in but saw the pictures he posted later.
The family went to a local church for Easter services. The pastor was the brother of someone the twins went to high school with and they reported that it was a great service.
We had decided that we would all take Sandy's mom Jan (AKA Great Grandma) to Mr. Prime Rib for supper. Sandy made the reservation and then she and I went over to Extendicare. She has been bringing old photo albums and she spent time going over the pictures with Jan and her roommate, Pearl.
Mr. Prime Rib is one of the better places to dine in Sudbury. Always good service and better food in my experience. We brought Jan and met the rest of the family there. It was nice to have four generations of the family together again.
After supper, the Koolens returned to the Fairfield Inn while we took Jan back to Extendicare. In the lobby, we ran into Patricia, niece of Jan's hospital roommate Dorothy. It was good to see her and catch up a bit. Then we headed home for the night.
Mike, Kim and the girls stopped by on their way out of town. Mike wanted to get going early to beat the Toronto traffic. We got a text later letting us know they made it home in good time.
We'll be heading south in another month when we'll get a chance to see all the kids and grandkids. Can't wait.