Sunday, July 21 was Mike Kitchen's day (although in actuality, he really only had it for about 12 hours). You can read about how he spent his morning and afternoon here. In the evening, he brought the Cup to a local tavern in the small town nearest to the cottage road where our families have properties and invited 422 of his friends and family to join in the celebration. And what a party it was!
The Cup arrived in an SUV and Mike himself took it out of its storage box and carried it into the party.
|Mike carrying the Cup through the patio area|
After an hour or so, Mike carried the Cup outside to the stage where the live band (called The Royal Pains, who wrote about their experience on their website - check out their photos, two of which include yours truly! They were a great band and very understanding about the fact that they were not the main attraction) had been playing and there were a few speeches made. Mike talked a bit about the accomplishments of the Chicago Blackhawks throughout the past hockey season and their quest for the Cup and thanked everyone for their support over the past 34 years of his career in the NHL, which have been spent as both a player and a coach.
I had this photo taken while the talking was going on. That's the Kitchen family standing behind me.
Then the Cup was carried back inside so everyone who hadn't already done so could have their picture taken with it. There was a professional photographer taking the pictures, which will be available online for everyone to get their copy as of tomorrow. At 11 p.m., the Cup was carried outside and returned to the Keeper of the Cup (there are actually 4 men who shared this official job title; in this case, it was Walt Neaubrand) who was going to be returning it to Chicago the next day.
|Me and my sister Janine with you know what.|