Yesterday, we went to a friend’s retirement party held at the old grange—now the Helen Melledy Hall—in Monmouth. After thirty-five years of teaching high school chemistry, Mr. Knightrogen—aka Stephen Knight—has decided to “throw in his lab coat.” This year is his last year of teaching full time. (He does, however, have a part-time gig this summer in Farmington. You just can’t keep Mr. Knightrogen down.)
The hall was packed with family and friends, and the noise level was astounding. It’s amazing how happy people can make such a sound and a fury.
Naturally, there were refreshments, and the food was pretty darned good, as my Yankee husband noted. Lots of tasty appetizers.
I can’t resist sharing this picture of my own contribution to Steve’s party. Yes, a recipe will follow in the next week or two.
To round out the refreshments, there was also wine tasting, courtesy of David Gulak, Steve’s future son-in-law. David is one of the owners of Meridians, a wine, beer, and food shop in Fairfield, Maine.
After everyone had plenty of time to eat, talk, and drink, there was a short program where a tearful Steve made a speech. There was also a snappy video, projected large on a back wall, and the video had testimonials from friends and former students as well as stills of Steve’s life as a teacher.
Then, of course, there was cake, made by Emilie Knight, Steve’s daughter.
Last but certainly not least, there was an official recognition from the Maine Legislature of Steve’s retirement and his service to Maine.
A much-deserved accolade for a dedicated and creative teacher. Clif and I have no doubt that with his energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity, Steve will have a fulfilling retirement and will continue to serve the community.
Best wishes, Mr. Knightrogen!