We chose to render one of his UFO series, "Down the Road a 'Ways," which depicts a couple of flying saucers searching along a country road. Georgie added a "Route 51" signpost in the spotlight to commemorate the day.
On the afternoon of the 16th, we packed up the cake, some Kopp's custard on dry ice and headed off for the Stevens Street playgound in Madison, a postage-stamp park across the street from the home of Madison fans Hope and Karl Hailman. Surprise was achieved! Steve had shown up at the supposedly ad-hoc picnic, and his curiosity was apparently not aroused by the bunch of balloons or small stack of cards and gift. When we showed up with the cake, the trap was sprung.
There was a yummy potluck and the lemon cake and custard wer of course delicious. There was a further surprise when Darlene's talented daughter Fritha showed up to belly-dance for the guest of honor, much to the crogglement of nearby neighbors and fascination of children in the playground.
As darkness drew on, the party dispersed, but some few of us adjourned briefly back to Steve and Darlene's for an hour's more very enjoyable chat before we took the long road home.