I Remember by Karen Havrilla
The biggest “family” reunion I’ve ever seen
I can’t tell you that I have memories of Lopez dating back decades, but I can tell you that my first trip to Lopez on August 1, 2008formed memories that I will remember and cherish for decades to come. Thanks to my dearest friend, Doug Dudich and my “adopted” Uncle Dan Pyzola, I experienced three of the most wonderful days of my life. We traveled from Pittsburgh early Friday morning and arrived late morning at the welcome center where I signed the guest book for the very first time. That point was the true beginning of my whirlwind three days. We checked in at the Pine Tavern, dropped off our bags then off we went. First to Worlds End, where some of the most beautiful scenery exists and then to admire theForksville CoveredBridge. Let me assure you, the bridges of Madison County have nothing over Sullivan County!
For two days, we passed hours driving for miles, visiting the neighboring towns, enjoying the music at the Blueberry Festival, the Lopez Winery,eatingwings at the Birch Creek Tavern, visiting the LopezPostOffice,listening to storiesreminiscingof good times hadin the white house, meeting family, friends and “Nessy” of the lake.
Then came Sunday and Lopez Old Home Day … the main reason for our visit. What an event! It was the biggest “family” reunion I’ve ever seen, let alone, been invited to join. The atmosphere was so festive and heartwarming. After talking, laughing, eating some of the best food ever, dancing to the Polka Punch and doing some shopping at the General Store, we made our way to the Sullivan County Roadhouse, as we did every night, where the conversation and beerwas always plentiful! The short drive back to the Pine was always interesting to say the least! We always made it safe and sound with enough time to spend just a few more waking hours enjoying our time in Lopez. I never wanted the night to end!
Thank you so much to Doug, Uncle Dan and the wonderful people of Lopez formy three wonderful days! We’re already planning another trip in October!