I am not an avid football fan. I was a cheerleader in high school, and at the University of Wisconsin when Al Toon was the big name in football. That is the extent of my interest and experience in the game.
But as a native of Wisconsin, I felt it my duty not only to watch the Super Bowl this year, but to host a party. I say "host" because the party was at my house. Actually, my husband hosted it. I merely attended, ate and cleaned up.
He is not a football fanatic, either, but the combination of the Packers' getting to the Super Bowl and the fact that my dad is a huge football fan made it a perfect excuse for a party. Plus my husband, who is brilliant in the kitchen, was looking for any reason to try out some new recipes.
He grilled some juicy sliders, fried amazing mini-crab-cake sandwiches with a sauce he made from scratch, then brought out some magnificent carnitas made of pulled pork with creamed corn and poblano peppers.
He whipped up some homemade guacamole and other tasty dips for the chips. Friends brought delectable dishes to share as well, which made for a veritable feast.
Unbeatable food and the unbeatable Green Bay Packers made for the best Super Bowl ever.
The afterglow of the victory continues as I watch my friends gloat online over Steelers fans. Even the cable man wore his Packers sweatshirt this week. So I, too, proudly strut my Wisconsin roots. Yes, I am a cheesehead. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you just can't take Wisconsin out of the girl. Go Pack, Go! Feel the Power!
School won't cut band, art
Last week local television broadcast a news story about funding reductions at local schools. A reporter showed a video clip of Lake Norman Charter School's band and art classes, then asked, "Could band and art become history at Lake Norman Charter?"
In a letter to parents, Tim Riemer, the school's managing director, said, "We do expect the budget reductions to have a negative impact on our school, but we are confident that we will not need to consider cutting band or art. Our fine arts program means a great deal to our institution, and we are committed to creating a budget that will support band and art classes."
Riemer assured parents neither he nor the school's board chair has ever said or implied the school might eliminate the programs.
Budget rallies will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 in the high school gym to discuss the 2011-12 budget. Early projections indicate the school could face reductions up to 10 percent.
The school encourages families to attend one of the meetings so everyone can work together to overcome any funding obstacles.
For details visit www.lncs.org.