Colleen and Deke with their groomsmen: Wheeler Strand and Sam and Max McClelland –
Willa Kveta Photography
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Every other year Colleen and Deke have spent Thanksgiving with their friend, Toby Malina, and her husband, Jim Heid, who live in Albion, a few miles south of Mendocino on the northern California Coast. This is the 4th year that they have set up a tent in their yard to entertain 40 or 50 guests.
When dinner was over, Toby announced that there would be a wedding! Colleen and Deke were married by Toby who spoke eloquently about them. This was a surprise to most of the guests, though our family knew about it for several weeks.
Wheeler and Colleen; Deke, Max, and Sam enter the tent after the main dinner.
Colleen’s son Wheeler and Deke’s sons, Max and Sam McClelland, were the attendants.
Cutting the cake: Congratulations, Colleeen and Deke!!
It was an exciting day!
Colleen, Deke, and their boys, and Brandon, Lisa, Beckett, and Clark and I are spending Thanksgiving on the Mendocino Coast. From 1968 to 1978, Erin’s paternal grandparents operated Wheeler’s Delicatessen, a Mom and Pop type deli in Fort Bragg on the coast, about 10 miles north of Mendocino. The deli occupied the space on the left below. A restaurant called Cafe Verona now occupies the space as well as the space on the right.
Colleen, Wheeler, and Deke in front of the old entrance to the deli.The building used to be white. Now it is painted a red brick color.
Tomorrow we will have Thanksgiving dinner at a friend of Colleen and Deke’s in Albion, a few miles south of Mendocino.