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The third of my traditions of summer on the Gulf Coast is one that I connect to the most. It takes place in my hometown and everyone I knew growing up went to it. The Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. It is a four day celebration geared around a fishing tournament. The fish that are caught are displayed on ice daily. There are

Catch of the Day

prizes and bragging rights and the end is culminated by a fireworks display that can be seen all along the coast. In my youth it was surrounded by baseball fields and youth playing ball. We would leave the game and walk over to visit the booths or ride a few rides. But the daily catch of fish was the star of the Rodeo. People would get in line to just walk past to see what the local fisherman had caught. It was during one of these times that I saw these beautiful redfish. They were laying out on a bed of crushed ice that was sparkling in the light. Almost like a bed of diamonds. I saw those colors and just had to paint them. So here is the third painting in my celebrations of Traditions: Catch of the Day. I do still have this painting, but unfortunately it did not fare well in the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. The painting fell off the wall and the glass broke, landing in the mud. So it justs rests in storage for my viewing only. But, I did have prints made of it before the storm and continue to have prints made of it today. So prints of this beautiful catch are still available.

Traditions! When I think about their importance to us, I call to mind the musical/movie Fiddler on the Roof when he sings about "traditions". A quote by the main character, Tevye, says:

"A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no! You might say everyone of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking your neck? It isn't easy. Why do we stay up there? We stay because it is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!"

Thanks for connection,


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