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November 16, 2018

2/14/2018 10:55:00 AM
Rename Maple Hall

As I was admiring the town’s “Maple” Hall one day, I couldn’t but ask how the town came to name it after a tree, or a street, rather than the name of a quasi famous family of poets and architects and such?
We have a square named after the family Gilkey, am I crazy to suggest that the Hall, designed by family Hupy, be renamed … Hupy Hall? No, the Hupys have paid their due, it’s the least we can do.
I, in my own willful way, sometimes think about such obscure things. We’re trying to showcase artists like Clayton James, with a bronzing of one of his sculptures, shouldn’t we also honor the building designers, poets and photographers too?
Maple Hall is an exceptional building, its acoustics, its lighting, its overall design is really accepting of the people who attend events there. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love those native acer circinatum (a Maple species) and acer macro phyla as much as the next maple tree lover, but neither species ever designed anything other than their own individual selves.
Thus, my lunatic logic, that thinks we should put the motion to a vote. Who’s to say that someone else shouldn’t be up there. Hupy Hall rolls off the tongue pretty easily, but so would Swanson or Svendsen or Garborg or Hedlin.
So, now look what I’ve done, please don’t point at me that gun. I’ll leave, just don’t make me run. I’m just trying to make a little fun, with my pathetic little pun. Perhaps you can indulge the old man, who doesn’t know any better than to get out of the sweltering sun.
Maybe we need a court jester to joust with the grand halls of justice, weigh this, weigh that, all the more for the town’s titans to consider, for this I’m truly sorry.
However, I still say that the hall should be named after the family Hupy, what say you, you mudflat Magoos?
Ken, just for fun, you get to keep track of the tally, or is that against the rules?
Jovially yours,
Glen S. Johnson

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