The abbey held an open house Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary and sell the first vintage from grapes planted a few years ago. At least 2,000 people showed up, despite the fact it was 106. I guess in the valley you just cope with that.
I talked for awhile with Father Paul after the crowd thinned out. Told him I had worked for the Examiner and directly for Will Hearst for awhile. I found out that he hails from Michigan, North Dakota, about 50 miles west of Grand Forks and about 80 miles from my dad's first hometown, Alvarado, Minnesota.