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Valentine's Spotlight: Romance and Cracker Jacks

Andi Frey - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
With Valentine's Day around the corner, we were lucky enough to get the scoop from one of the sweetest stories yet to come out of the Lodge.  Thanks to Al Lawson for sharing his story with us!  Read on for the romantic details...

After loosing his wife to cancer in 2004, Al struggled for the next few years, finally finding someone he was interested in getting to know a few years later in 2007.  Dianne and Al had their first date at the lodge, and things were going well.  Over the next year their relationship blossomed, including questions to Al from Dianne's daughter about just when the 'ring' would be coming! 

He made a reservation at the Lodge, with perfect timing.  They were the only couple at dinner that night, so it made for a romantic setting.  Al recalls that the two of them laughed when dinner turned out to be ravioli, since they weren't fans of the Italian dish - but their tastebuds got turned around with the delectable concoction prepared with cornish hen and artisan cheese from the dairy.  

Earlier that day, unbeknown to Dianne, Al had done a little special planning with the chef.  He bought in a box of Cracker Jacks - one of Dianne's favorite sweet treats - with the top steamed open.  He traded in the prize for an extra shiny surprise for Dianne to discover later that evening.

After dinner, though Dianne was stuffed from dinner, Al and the waiter convinced her that dessert would be worth it.  The waiter finally arrived with a silver domed tray, expertly taking off the lid to reveal the box of Cracker Jacks, surrounded by chocolate covered strawberries.  She had truly found her prize in the box and with the evening's proposal from Al.

For Dianne and Al, it was an unforgettable night and a sweet beginning to a promise of a lifetime.  The two were married in November of 2009 and continue to reside in Swainsboro.

Do you have a romantic tale to tell while at the Lodge?  We'd love to hear about it!
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