For the Wild, a trip to Nashville and a bucket from Home Depot sparked a new playoff tradition


ST. LOUIS — Wild winger Marcus Foligno started a new playoff tradition on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

With everyone gathered inside the Wild locker room after their 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, Foligno picked up a bucket from Home Depot, gave a brief speech, then handed it over to Joel Eriksson Ek.

As his teammates cheered, Eriksson Ek, who had a pair of goals in the game, placed a puck at the bottom of the empty bucket.

 

The bucket is supposed to resemble a tip jar, with each puck representing a win in the NHL playoffs. If the Wild have their way, there will be 16 pucks in the bucket by the end of next month. That would mean the Wild are Stanley Cup champions.

“Yeah,” Jon Merrill said before Game 3 on Friday night at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. “We hope to fill that thing all the way up.”

The new playoff tradition can be traced to a road trip last month. After the Wild lost 6-2 to the Nashville Predators, they stuck around an extra day for some team-building activities. There was some golf in the morning, then some live music in the afternoon.

There may or may not have been some adult beverages consumed along the way.

Eventually, the Wild ended up at Honky Tonk Central on Broadway, where they contributed a good amount of money to the tip jar by the end of the night. Hence the “tip jar” making its way into the Wild locker room during the playoffs.

“That was my first road trip with these guys,” Jake Middleton said with a laugh. “We (were) throwing some bills in the tip jar for the people singing. It was a fun experience, and it’s cool to see it coming into the playoffs here.”

This is another example of the Wild coming together. Whether it’s a bunch of random shirts with each other’s face on the front, or a not-so-subtle callback for a night out on the town, this group of players genuinely enjoys being around each other.

“That feeling you have after a win is the greatest part about being an athlete,” Merrill said. “To be able to celebrate it in a fun way with your teammates is definitely something you cherish.”

Now the only question is: Who will be the next Wild player to contributed to the tip jar?

“It’s fun to have something like that that hopefully can go on for awhile,” Jordan Greenway said of the new playoff tradition. “Just to be a part of it is great. It’s something that we all really enjoy.”





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Wimbledon Depot: Travel through time | News


It’s cliche, but true – passing through the doors of the Midland Continental Railroad Depot in Wimbledon is like taking a step back in time.

A modest building, nestled beside an old train car, in sight of the active railroad that continues to flow through Wimbledon, the Midland Depot tells a tale of limitless dreams and ambitions – some fulfilled, and others left tantalizingly abandoned.

“This was going to be the north-south railroad,” Carol Peterson,  said. “This was what was going to connect the American plains down to the southern. So we take all of our product down there and take back fruits and vegetables.”

From the 1870s and heading into the dawn of the 20th century, the Depot was planned to be the nexus of an ambitious north-south railroad, a project which had only just begun to be built when a small snag – the War to End All Wars – put a halt to the project.

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DVIDS – News – Recruiting Station Baton Rouge and Recruiting Station Fort Lauderdale travel to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for the first Educators Workshop of 2022



PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.—Members of the education system and media outlets from Louisiana and Florida attended an Educators Workshop aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, January 11 – 14, 2022.

The workshop provided the attendees with an in-depth experience of what life is like for a Marine Corps recruit.

“The Educators Workshop has been tremendously helpful by giving us a first-hand view to assist our students with questions,” said Gary Blood, the principal at Port Barre High School in Port Barre, Louisiana, with 20 years of experience in the education system. “It gives us a first-hand opportunity instead of seeing something on TV.”

The Recruit Training Regiment provided drill instructors to escort the workshop in the same manner as recruits in training. Drill instructors also provided the same receiving speech recruits go through when they arrive at MCRD Parris Island.

“I loved the experience. My favorite [part] was the yellow footprints,” said Blood. “Arriving up there on the bus, with it being dark and having to get off, and having the DIs [Drill Instructors] hollering at you, and having to get on the yellow footprints. Just being able to see what the brand new recruits see when they first arrive here and the thought process that could be going through their minds.”

According to Blood, many of the educators who attended this workshop have since changed their view of the Marine Corps and armed services. The workshop allowed educators to address their questions and concerns regarding the enlistment process and future opportunities available to their students, which removed any preconceived notions they may have had before participating in the workshop.

“I think it is beneficial for teachers to attend the workshop for a couple of reasons,” said Staff Sgt. Devin Kennett, a Senior Drill Instructor at MCRD Parris Island, and Educators Workshop escort. “One, it gives them first-hand knowledge of the recruit training process. It is a condensed version where they get the basis of what we do with the recruits from processing all the way through to the training they go through. So, they’re able to take that back to their students and actually give them resources or tips and tricks that can help prepare them. Two, it gets the word out about the Marine Corps and about what we have to offer. There are a lot of kids out there that see the Marine Corps as just a warfighting organization, which we are, but there are a lot of other opportunities out there that the Marine Corps can facilitate for them.”

Educators Workshops provide attendees with the ability to confidently speak about what training is like and what opportunities the Marine Corps has to offer by putting them in simulations of some situations the young men and women endure when they arrive at the recruit depot, and allowing them to ask questions throughout the condensed version of the transformation process. During the tour of the Crucible, recruits’ capstone field training exercise, attendees attempted obstacles at the Leadership Reaction Course. This experience showed them how the recruits’ ability to critically think as a team is tested in various scenarios over one portion of the 54-hour training event. They were also provided several classroom-style periods of instruction where they were taught about the family readiness, tuition assistance, and many other programs and opportunities the Marine Corps provides to Marines and their families.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and it has completely changed my perspective of the military,” said Emily Pettaway, the dean of education at St. Louis Catholic School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “Before this workshop, I would have been reluctant to encourage my son to join a branch of the military. However, after this amazing experience and learning about all of the opportunities, I would be so proud of him if he chooses to do so. This is an experience I will never forget.”

For more information about becoming an influencer for the Marine Corps or the Marine Corps Educators Workshop, visit https://rmi.marines.com/influencer or https://www.mcrc.marines.mil/Outreach/Workshop-Home/.









Date Taken: 01.14.2022
Date Posted: 01.23.2022 23:32
Story ID: 413258
Location: PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US 
Hometown: LAKE CHARLES, LA, US
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Henry’s Depot Food Crawl Itinerary for Date Night in Sanford


Date Night Food Crawl Itinerary at Henry's Depot

Historic Downtown Sanford is one of my favorite places for date night with my husband. This charming destination has bloomed in the past few years. It has one of the largest collections of breweries in all of Central Florida, plus ice cream shops, antique shops, a bounty of fun bars, unique events and so much more. And, one of the latest spots to join this impressive collection is Henry’s Depot.

This food hall is home to so many unique spots that it’s the ideal place for a progressive food crawl. Even better, you can cap it off with a round of drinks at a Florida-themed bar.

Other fun happenings include Sunday brunch and periodic events like indie markets and intimate concerts. Sound like a great date spot? It sure is! Here’s what you need to know for planning a Henry’s Depot food crawl date.

Henry’s Depot Sanford Food Vendors

  • Mahogany Coffee
  • The Basin
  • Dixie Dharma
  • Salvatore’s Prime Sandwiches
  • Current Seafood Counter
  • What the Chuck Burgers
  • Oak Flame Pizza

From the list above, there’s something for everyone. You can view the menus of each vendor online, and some places, like Dixie Dharma, offer online ordering. 

There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating at Henry’s Depot

Food Crawl Itinerary

Snacks + Apps

I suggest starting with a snack or appetizer from Dixie Dharma, such as their Crispy Brussels, Mac n’ Cheese, or Pecan Maple Sweet Taters. You’ll also find a nice selection of appetizers on the menu at Oak Flame Pizza, including garlic cauliflower or pizza rolls.

Main Course

For the main course you can’t go wrong with What The Chuck Burgers, Oak Flame Pizza, Salvatore’s Prime Sandwiches, or Current Seafood Counter.

During our visit, my husband ordered the Tennessee Truffle Burger from What The Chuck with pimento cheese, crispy onions, and smoked kale. This burger, and the fries that came with it, is now in my top 10 for best burgers I’ve ever had. I’m so glad my husband let me sneak a few bites.

Tennessee Truffle Burger at Henry's Depot
Tennessee Truffle Burger

Our toddler son came along with us, and he can’t eat dairy, so when I saw that Oak Flame Pizza has multiple vegan options, I was ecstatic. We went with the Vegan Velocity Pizza with plant based sausage, cashew mauxarella, broccolini, tofu ricotta and chili oil. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. I had about half of the pizza, my toddler son had about three slices, and my husband was able to have one slice. It could fool anyone who didn’t know this pizza was vegan. We’ll be back for this pizza and to try some of their other vegan options too.

The regular pizzas looked and smelled delicious. Each pie is made to order. You’ll be notified via text when your order is ready, leaving you free to explore while you wait.

Oak Flame Pizza

The delicious deli sandwiches at Salvatore’s Prime Sandwiches travel pretty well, so if you don’t want to miss out on giving them a try, consider ordering one to take home.

When we arrived at 11am, Current Seafood Counter was not yet open, but the menu looked wonderful and their selections change based on what is fresh that day.

Drinks

Next, take your food and head to The Basin to grab a craft beer or handcrafted cocktail. This beautiful Florida-themed bar is the anchor of Henry’s Depot. It is at the back of the building with lots of lounge seating inside and a back porch outside. There’s even a little herb garden out back which produces fresh herbs for the delicious cocktails on the menu.

The Basin at Henry's Depot
The Basin

Tip: You can take advantage of the lounge seating to enjoy your food from Henry’s Depot vendors with your drink. I opted for the Mermaid Tail with Green Tea Vodka, Lavender, and Lemonade. It suited my desire for a refreshing cocktail that wasn’t too heavy or too potent.

As we sat down at The Basin, devouring our burger and pizza, my husband and I looked at each other with grins on our faces. We’d found a new favorite spot for date night or a wonderful family outing together. We found a new home at Henry’s Depot.

Mermaid Tail cocktail from The Basin

End with Something Sweet

For dessert, we couldn’t resist The Greenery Creamery. I’ve been to the original downtown Orlando location and was excited when I heard the news that they had opened a location in Henry’s Depot.

The Greenery Creamery offers vegan ice cream as well as dairy ice cream. They are known for their delicious, high quality ice cream in traditional and creative flavors. The vegan Lemon Poppy Seed ice cream and the Blueberry Lavender ice cream were loved by my son and myself. My husband ordered a Cookies n’ Dream Milkshake that was vegan as well, but it was so creamy and flavorful it could easily be passed off as a dairy milkshake.

Other sweets can be found at Oak Flame Pizza and Dixie Dharma (plant based).

Cookies n’ Dream Milkshake from The Greenery Creamery

Henry’s Depot Details

Henry’s Depot is built at the site of the original Sanford train station. Find it at the top of 1st Street, which runs through the heart of Downtown Sanford. There is seating throughout the venue inside. There is also a back porch that is part of The Basin, and there are some tables on the side of the building as well. Restrooms are located near The Basin.

There is live music at The Basin on specific nights, and specials on certain days. Mondays offer happy hour pricing on select drinks as well as special pricing for select food items at What The Chuck and Oak Flame Pizza. On Sundays, brunch kicks off at 10am and features food and drink specials.

Henry’s Depot
212 W 1st St
Sanford, FL 32771
Open daily, visit henrysdepot.com for current hours

Feature image credit: Henry’s Depot

All other images by Dani Meyering





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