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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pimp My Dell, Part 6: Presenting Our Lady of the Shady, 100 Years Young!

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 IT'S A DONE DELL!!! 


 Renovations have been completed 

 at the Shady Dell and the 100 year old 

 house looks brand spanking new! 


Wait a minute. I hear murmurs and rumblings in the crowd. Some of you have been following SDM&M for a long time and remember me telling you last year that the Shady Dell house was 87 years old. Guess what? New information has been uncovered since then to suggest that the Dell was actually built in 1912 or 1913 rather than in 1924 as was originally thought! I'll have more details on this exciting development
in a new series starting soon!


Knowing that M'Lady Shady is very close to the century mark makes today's unveiling all the more exciting!




At this time I am delighted to welcome back my dear friend Toni Deroche, current owner
of the Shady Dell.








 Toni Deroche 

 * Dell owner 

 * Violet Hill 
 Bureau Chief 

 * Senior 
 New Dellie 
 Correspondent 



Toni, who doubles as our intrepid SDMM reporter, Violet Hill Bureau Chief and Senior New Dellie Correspondent, has just returned from the front lines where she snapped copious pictures of the completed work. Toni is ready to take us inside for an exclusive sneak peek at the brand new Dell. Toni, the original Dell rats are simply not going to believe their eyes when they behold the amazing transformation
of their beloved Lady D!






 That's right, Shady! 
 Even I can't believe 
 how different the 
 Dell looks now 
 compared with the 
 way it looked a few 
 years ago when we 
 bought it. 





 Evidence of the Dell's metamorphosis over the last two 
 years can be seen before we even enter the house. 


 The latest exterior shots show the Dell sporting a new roof, 
 new paint job, bright, clean, pressure washed bricks and 
 three reconstructed porches. 


 The 3+ acre property was graded and tons of unwanted 
 trees, bushes and ivy vines were removed. 


 If you'll follow me I can't wait to show you all the 
 surprises that await you on the inside! 


 Ladies and gentlemen, step right this way and meet 
 the brand new Shady Dell! 


 The first room I'd like you to see is the new breakfast nook. 
 As many of you recall this front room was once lined with 
 diner style restaurant booths. It was here that Dell rats of 
 the 50s and 60s sat and munched on burgers and fries, 
 drank Cokes and shakes, savored CMP's and listened to 
 Helen's doo-wop jukebox. The modern breakfast nook 
 boasts one the original lights left at the Dell, the red one 
 above the table. I should also mention that the original 
 curtains were also left in place. Thank goodness they 
 cleaned up nicely! 

 Let's move a little closer to the table because it looks like 
 the daily newspaper has arrived. 


 Well, what do you know? This is not just any newspaper. 
 It's a special insert devoted to the Dell in its heyday! 


 This collectible edition contains rare pictures of Dell rats 
 dancing in the barn, the photos that were first published 
 right here on Shady's blog! 

 As we take one more look at the beautiful breakfast nook 
 I would like to mention that new drywall was installed on 
 walls and ceilings throughout the house along with fresh 
 coats of paint. 


 Much of the house was painted as you see above, a 
 warm butter yellow with off white trim. Incidentally, 
 all of the furniture and accessories on display as we 
 tour the Dell are included with the sale of the house! 

 Now if you'll
 come with me through the doorway on 
 the left we'll explore a wing of the house that was 
 off limits to Dell rats of old. 


 This front room on the other side of the house was once 
 part of John and Helen Ettline's large living room. We 
 decided to add a wall and divide it into two smaller rooms. 
 This room could now be used as a small living room, den 
 or office. 


 The other section of the Ettlines' old living room has now 
 become a dining room. 


Until now there was no dining room on the Dell's main floor. 


 We remedied that by creating this charming space where 
 natural light streams in through bay windows overlooking 
 the courtyard. 


 Near the center of the picture above you will see a 
 passageway leading to a room on the other side of 
 the house. If you look closely you will also see 
 something hanging on the wall. Curious? That room 
 is our next destination so let's make our way over. 


 Click to enlarge and you'll see a collage of memories 
 which includes rare pictures of the Dell past and present 
 along with clippings from newspaper articles written 
 about the legendary hangout in recent years. 


 The collage, created in honor of original Dell rats, hangs 
  in the great room which once contained the snack bar. 

 It's hard to believe 
 we're looking at 
 the same space 
 where Helen 
 worked behind 
 the counter all 
 those years 
 whipping up 
 treats to feed 
 the hungry horde. 


 As you can see below we selected an eye pleasing shade 
 of green paint for the new great room. We used this same 
 color in the master bedroom on the second floor. 


 We also added a new ceiling fan and recessed lighting. 
 The large closet on the right is the spot where the Dell's 
 pinball machine was located. We added the closet to a 
 wall that housed many old fuse boxes. 


 They say home is where you hang your hat. 


 The new Dell is a place where you can also hang your 
 Baracuta and your Jack Purcells, two essentials of the 
 official Dell rat uniform. 


 As we prepare to leave the great room I'd like to add that 
 the entire first floor of the house received new hardwood 
 flooring. The house has newly installed 2-zone heating and 
 A/C, new plumbing and insulation and new electric wiring. 


 Our next stop, the Dell's modern kitchen straight ahead! 



BEFORE (left)
AFTER (below)

 Pictures taken from 
 the same spot two 
 years apart reveal 
 dramatic changes 
 made to this and 
 adjacent rooms. 






 Before the renovation started a residential kitchen did not 
 even exist on the first floor. We had to start from scratch. 


 We chose to locate 
 the kitchen in the 
 old billiard room 
 because it has the 
 longest, most usable 
 wall - uninterrupted 
 by windows and doors. 

 The Dell's modern kitchen includes all new stainless steel 
 appliances, island with granite counter top and glass/stone 
 tile backsplash. 


 The light fixture is sterling silver with a patina that gives 
 it an antique look. It is one of only two new lights. 
 Most of the ceiling lights and chandeliers are real 
 antiques from the 1920's thru 40's. 


 Here's another picture of the great room taken from the 
 kitchen. Behind the great room at the rear of the house 
 are a new laundry room and freshly tiled half bath. 

 Now that we've seen the Dell's main floor, let's go upstairs! 


 The second floor features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. 
 We are standing in the master bedroom which was created 
 by combining an existing bedroom with another one that 
 the Ettlines turned into a dining room. We removed a wall 
 that divided the rooms to create one large master suite 
 complete with sitting room. As you can see it is painted 
 the same soothing shade of green that was used in the 
 great room downstairs. 


 Panning to the left we get a nice view of the sitting room 
 which features another set of bay windows. These panes 
 are among the 38 new windows installed at the Dell. 


 I'd also like to point out that new carpeting was installed 
 throughtout the second and third floors. 


 As a result of the 
 renovation the Dell 
 now has three new 
 tiled bathrooms. 
 The largest and 
 most luxurious 
 is the L-shaped 
 master bath 
 which flows thru 
 the master suite 
 in the space 
 once occupied 
 by the second 
 floor kitchen. 


 Another view of the spacious master bath shows that it 
 contains a large soaking tub and shower. 


 The master bathroom also includes a large walk in closet. 
 Behind the bathroom is another large closet with carpeted 
 floor, a great place to store extra linens, towels, etc. 


 The master bath has double sink with granite surrounds. 
 At the entrance on the left there's room enough to keep 
 a vanity/makeup table and stool. That's what I would do! 


 This cozy spot is the other second floor bathroom. 
 It was the only bath on this floor until we created the 
 master suite. We dressed it up with new fixtures, tile, 
 and custom "Dell" towels. 

 Now let's proceed to the Dell's awesome third floor! 


 As we reach the top of the stairs and arrive on the third 
 floor the first thing we see is a large walk-in closet that 
 has its own window. It offers only a slight hint of what 
 you'll encounter here. About face!.....Forward march! 


 You can tell in an instant that this is no ordinary attic. 
 No cramped quarters here. The Dell's third floor is 
 cavernous and features a cathedral ceiling. No need 
 to endure 100 degree summer heat or freezing winter 
 cold.  The entire floor has been remodeled and is fully 
 heated and air conditioned.  The third floor of the Dell 
 offers real, honest to goodness, bonus living space! 


 New dry wall was installed up here along with new paint 
 and new carpeting. Window seats extend down both sides 
 of the wide open chamber. 


 Windows allow sunshine in during the day. At night you 
 can turn on recessed lights which dot the vaulted ceiling. 
 Gobs of available square footage will have your mind 
 reeling with ideas for how to use this sky parlor. 


 A huge 4th bedroom perhaps? An office? A playroom? 
 A man cave? The possibilities are endless, limited only 
 by your imagination. My heavens, John Ettline could 
 have held dances up here! 


 The clean, bright, brand new and improved Shady Dell 
 is for sale by owner. With 4,000+ square feet of living 
 space, emanating character and charm and loaded with 
 amenities, the Shady Dell combines the best of the old 
 and the new! 

 AND IT CAN ALL BE YOURS 

  IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT! 

 SO COME ON DOWN! 

 Strike that. Come on down up to our open house this 
 spring, exact dates to be announced right here on 
 Shady Dell Music & Memories! In the meantime, 
 if you'd like to learn more, please contact me at 
 tonideroche1@yahoo.com. 



Toni, on behalf of Dell rats
everywhere I want to thank
you and your family for all
the time you have spent and
all the work you have done to
preserve, restore, renovate,
beautify and photograph the
old and the new Shady Dell!



If you would like to follow the Dell's transformation from the very beginning you can click the links below and read parts
1 through 5 of Toni's Pimp My Dell series:





Pimp My Dell #1

Pimp My Dell #2

Pimp My Dell #3

Pimp My Dell #4

Pimp My Dell #5




Have a Shady day!

38 comments:

  1. A wonderful tour of a grand old lady! She looks beautiful since her extensive interior restoration and promises to make some lucky family a delightful home. I trust you and your loved ones are well. I am taking a bit of a sabbatical from blogging. Life is just too busy lately.

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  2. My mouth is hanging open- wow! What a lovely home! I love to see old buildings given new life through attractive and creative innovations, and this one certainly gets an A+. The use of space is terrific and while it retains its 100 year old charm, it is thoroughly modern.

    Such a grand old dwelling deserved nothing less than beautiful treatment, and the Shady Dell certainly got it. I have to think, without ever knowing them in person, that John and Helen would be pleased. (As I'm sure you are, friend Shady!)

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  3. Desiree - Hello, dear friend! It's great to see you again. I've been wondering how you've been. I have mixed feelings about the ultimate sale of the Shady Dell because I can't imagine anyone taking better care of the historic site than Toni Deroche and her family. I hope your canines are romping in the pool today and that you are in good health and in good spirits. Thank you very much for coming, dear Desiree!

    Shelly - I know that John and Helen are pleased. This extreme makeover has helped to ensure that the Dell will live on and on rather than fall to the wrecker's ball. That could easily have happened by now if not for the hard work of the Deroches. Thank you for coming over and taking the tour, dear friend Shelly, and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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  4. What a beautiful transformation! Loving and caring for the now timeless Dell was a work of heart. In a way, the restoration makes the story of the Dell a happy ending; the beautiful people have gone on or moved away, but the place still stands like a beacon for those who have stored their memories on the grounds and in the house.
    I think we store our memories in physical places; that's why the sight of our personal artifacts or the smell of something will bring on a rush of images and feelings.
    It must be overwhelming for the Dell Rats to walk those grounds today.

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  5. OMG (2) beautiful ladies on display, Shaddy Dell and Toni. That home will be such a blessing to whoever is fortunate to obtain it. I was amazed at the work that went into the finished product. Anyone that ever experienced the Dell first hand should be proud of how she looks now.

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  6. Jenny - You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how many old timer Dell rats drive up the hill to gaze at the Dell and let the memories flow. Some of them get out of their cars and stroll the campus of their old alma mater. I did that several times as an adult and the memories and feelings associated with them were powerful. I'm so glad you joined our unveiling celebration today, dear friend. Thank you and have a great week!

    Odie - I am truly amazed how much work and effort has gone into the Dell in recent years. I'm sure you noticed the hand made collage on the wall, the jacket and sneakers, the newspaper and the towels that spell D-E-L-L. All of those loving touches were the idea of Toni Deroche, a friend to every Dell rat. She really cares about the place and it shows. Thank you very much for coming by, Odie, and have a terrific week!

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  7. I myself have to drive up by the old place every once in a while to soak in the memories. Will definitely have to take a drive by now! It looks amazing! I still have to wish it was the same old Dell it was and my son could experience it... Great job Toni! And Ty Shady for continuing the story~

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  8. Lubie! Lubie! Lubie! hello, dear old friend! Yes, it's sad in a way to know that the snack bar, stools, pinball machine and all the other trappings of the old Dell have been removed. At the same time we must remember that the place could have been reduced to rubble by now if not for the dedicated efforts of Toni and her family. When the Deroches hold their open house this spring I hope that you and your son will make the pilgrimage to mecca and have a look. Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear Lubie! I really appreciate seeing you again!

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  9. Wow! I can't believe the difference in the photos, it's hard to believe it's the same place! It must be so strange for you Tom to see the place transformed. But nice to know so much hard work and care has gone into making it so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us, it's an amazing little part of history!

    Emma x

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  10. All I can say is thank you Toni, what a great story a special house and a special person meet at the right time and that very special house gets saved from the wrecking ball. All Dell Rats and every one that loves history thanks you Toni. I went by the house this week and walked around the grounds with tears in my eyes I took a walk down memory lane. The house looks great and you can still feel that old Dell magic. Its hard to be live its been more than 50 years that I first lay eyes on the old girl. Because of Tonis hard work the Dell house will be here for many more years. Thanks again to Tonic and to Tom and a very special thanks to John & Helen with out them there would have been no Dell. A Dell Rat All Ways

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  11. wow that is quite a transformation! While I like the modern amenities that the home has now I think I still prefer to the Old School property. If I had a billion bucks I would buy it and change it back to a dance hall and boogie down with my bad self :)

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  12. Emma - Those before and afters really tell the story, don't they? I can only imagine what it would be like for a Dell rat of the 50s or 60s to stand in that great room today. I'm quite certain they wouldn't believe it's the same place. Even the view out the windows is different with trees cleared and land graded. Thank you very much for offering such special comments today, dear Emma. It means a lot to have you here!

    Greg - Hello, good buddy! I'm so glad to know that you walked the Shady Dell campus this week and soaked up some atmosphere. I know you'll be on hand for the open house this spring. Dell rats young and old are deeply grateful to the Deroche family for their tireless efforts over the years and extremely impressed with the results of the Dell's face lift. Thank you for coming to testify, Greg, and keep on keepin' on!

    Amber Girly Bird - Save your allowance, my dear! Maybe YOU can be the next keeper of the Dell and Oliver the official Dell dog! The old barn dance hall was not shown in this post. It remains much the same as it was 50 or 60 years ago and we're all hoping that it can be preserved if and when the Dell changes hands. Thank you very much for showing up for the festivities, Amber, and have a wonderful evening up your way!

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  13. What an amazing home. Before and after! You can't beat old home for getting away from the cookie cutters. Great post and thanks for the pictures!

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  14. Hi BB! That's right. The Shady Dell is certainly no cookie cutter. It was bursting with character back in the day and it surely is now after the makeover. I'm so glad you stopped by to take the grand tour, Barb. Thank you so much and have a great evening and week, dear friend!

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  15. Shady, you told a creative, classic story from the pictures I took. We will treasure this wonderful gem of a post. It has been fun collaborating with you on this undertaking. On behalf of myself and all the Deroches, WE THANK YOU!

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  16. Hi, Toni! The feeling's mutual. Dell rats owe you and your family a tremendous debt of gratitude for your devotion to the Dell. Everywhere you look throughout that house there's evidence of how much you care about its history and the people who once called it home. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Toni, and have a wonderful week!

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  17. What a beautiful house, inside and out. I love the brick the pillars and the porches. The inside looks so homey and inviting. I'm amazed those lovely curtains are still hanging there in perfect shape. The kitchen is amazing, I would love to have one like it. If I owned this house, I think I would be spending most of my time in the attic. Attics always seem romantic and mysterious to me. I'm so glad this wonderful home was preserved. Great post, Shady!

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  18. Hi, Belle! Isn't that "sky parlor" amazing? I can see dances being held up there! I'd love to have that kind of space to work with and make something really unique out of it (probably a man cave). I'm so glad you took the tour and liked what you saw. Thank you very much for your visit and comments, dear friend Belle!

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  19. Oh, Mr.Shady Del Knight,
    What a Marvelous and Super Gorgeous house you live!!! Well, it is a dream house for me♪♪♪
    My hubby said owning billiard room is fantastic. Well, we never seen it nor done, haha.
    Have a fantastic life☆☆☆
    Sincerely Yours, Orchid*

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  20. Hello there, Orchid! I am very happy to welcome you back here, dear friend! I wish I could say that I live there but The Shady Dell was merely my "home away from home" when I was young. It belongs to the Deroche family who took an aging fixer-upper and worked miracles with it! I had a billiard room when I was a teenager and loved playing for hours each day. I am delighted by your visit and comments, dear Orchid! I wish you a happy Tuesday there in Japan and I hope that you will come back to see me again soon!

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  21. I really enjoyed this. It was very well-written. I especially liked the intro. It was set up almost exactly the way I set up an anchor-reporter toss!

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  22. Ashton - Well this was a breaking news story, that's for sure. It came together very quickly and I got it out there "first, fast and accurate." I do enjoy composing many of my posts to resemble the banter on a news set. It means a lot that somebody as sharp as you appreciates what I'm doing. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend, and I hope the rest of your week is blue skies, green lights and hassle free!

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  23. What a beautiful restoration and remodel! Proof that wonderful things happen when you love a place that much and are willing to put in the work! It must be amazing for you to see how it's been transformed and made beautiful again.

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  24. It's beautiful! I always loved brick houses. Does it feel strange now that it looks so different? Hope you're well Shady!

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  25. This is Orchid again,
    SO sorry for my bad habit that reading hastily and commenting too soon. I realized that you mentioned clearly "Toni Deroche, current owner of the Shady Dell"!!! I am really embarrassed and I wish you accept my apology.
    You must reminisces the days in that house. Wonderful renovation, isn't it♪♪♪
    And thank you very much for your words for my misunderstanding. Hubby told me to be more careful,whew...
    Sincerely from east, xoxo Orchid*

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  26. karen (with a small "K") - Hello, my dear friend in the O.C.! I'm very happy to see you again. I agree with you. The Dell's renovation was a tremendous challenge. The exterior of the house was weather beaten. The bricks were dull and dirty and covered with ivy vines. A new roof was needed. On the inside new electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and a/c system was needed. Ceiling tiles were caving in. Wallpaper was dull and tattered. Floors needed replaced. All these improvements and many more were accomplished in the past two years and the results are magnificent. karen, you are very kind to visit once again and I thank you very much for your comments! Have a great Tuesday!

    Alabee - Hello, my dear old friend! I'm thrilled by your visit. I hope all is well with you in Oregon or wherever you might be. I think about you often and care about your happiness. You've followed me long enough to be familiar with the way the Dell looked in the past. I admit that if feels strange to look at the massive changes and see only a few traces of the place I knew so well, but when I think of the alternatives I embrace those changes. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend Alabee, and come again soon!

    Orchid - Welcome again, my dear Japanese friend! How was your Tuesday? Please do not feel embarrassed about your comment. It was sweet and sincere and that's all that matters to me. You and I have a language barrier to overcome and this post is very long and requires a considerable amount of time to read every word. I understandable how easy it would be for you to miss some details. I am delighted by your return visit. I had a wonderful time at The Shady Dell when I was a teenager. It had two jukeboxes, one in the house and one in the old barn which served as a dance hall. The Dell entertained the young for nearly 50 years and I am very happy to know it has a future thanks to the Deroche family. Thank you again for coming to see me, dear Orchid. Good night to you in Japan, dear friend!

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  27. I actually said Wow out loud! which would be fine if I wasn't sitting alone in the den right now, giggle. The extensive makeover has made her so glamorous but still rich with history. Thank you for sharing with us my sweet friend xo

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  28. Katie - I like how you expressed it here! Thank you! There's no getting around it: the Dell was in dire need of repair. The facelift it received courtesy of the Deroches is icing on the cake. Original lights, curtains and antique pieces remain behind and blend nicely with the modern improvements. The Dell now offers the best of the old and new to the next lucky owner. Thank you again for your visit and kind comments, Katie!

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  29. Hi Tom,
    It's wonderful to see how the renovations have made that lovely home vibrant and beautiful once again. Hopefully someone will buy it that will love it and cherish it and bring new happiness within those wonderful walls.

    Hugs~

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  30. Hi, Sush! I'm so glad you got to see the finished Dell house before taking your leave of absence. Every Dell rat is anxious to see who will buy the property and what the new owner will do with the old barn that once contained the dance hall. The barn's graffiti covered walls hold decades of memories but it could all be wiped out in seconds if the next owner has no interest in preserving the Dell's rich history and tears the barn down. We can only hope the Dell falls into the hands of another family like the Deroches who have proven over and over that they care. Thank you very much for making time to swing by, dear Sush, and please take good care of yourself!

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  31. Hi Shady...bringing up the rear again! What a cool title for this post! And, a beautiful house. Does it make you want to whine a little tho? Not to see it as it was? But it's wonderful thing to have kept it alive, even tho it's ready for another life. And, how great they kept a few of the nostalgic items as reminders. I bet Helen would have loved it-so fabulous.

    Thank you for this amazing update, and you have kept up with the Dell all these years! You are one loyal guy, Shady! See you soon.

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  32. Hi, Susan! Thanks for coming by! I don't really feel the need to whine because I have many wonderful memories of the Dell as she once was along with pictures to remind me. That's another thing we have to be grateful for - a large picture gallery - hundreds of images of the Dell from the basement to the attic and from the barn to parking lot, all courtesy of Toni Deroche who spent untold hours of her time taking them for us. A less caring owner would have done none of the above and might very well have torn the whole place down, paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Thank you again, dear Susan, for also showing that you care. Have a wonderful evening!

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  33. Hi, Tom!

    Wow! The Old Girl sure has gotten an excellent makeover! My hat's off to Toni and all the heart and soul, as well as time and money, that she and her family have poured into the Shady Dell to not only avoid destroying her, but turning her into a phoenix rising from the ashes. Thank you for your continued collaboration and your part in the Dell's preservation physically, as well as preserving and sharing her memories with the world.

    On a sad note, let me take time to express condolences for the loss of Davy Jones, who brought a lot of smiles, laughter and joy to many of us, and will continue to do so with our memories and recorded treasures. I didn't realize he had been a distant neighbor of yours for years, living on the eastern side of Lake Okeechobee. He was a good man and entertainer. He died way too young.

    Your buddy,
    Ron

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  34. Hi, Ron! Thanks for taking the old timers grand tour and feasting your eyes on the brand new Shady Dell. In just two years time most trappings of the early days have disappeared but the memories will always remain thanks to guys like you who share them here on the blog. Toni Deroche never went to the Dell in those early days, yet she clearly cares about the people the place and the time that we celebrate here on SDM&M. Every Dell rat thanks Toni for all she has done to preserve and protect that which the Ettlines wrought.

    I wasn't aware that Davy Jones was a Florida neighbor until I learned about it during news coverage of his shocking death. As you might recall it was only a few weeks ago that I posted a video of the Monkees performing their hit "She." I have also mentioned many times here on the blog how I used to watch the first run of The Monkees television series with John and Helen up at the Dell. The times they are a changin'. Again I thank you for swinging by to see M'Lady Shady, good buddy, and stay tuned for more surprises coming this spring!

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  35. Hi Shady, this post is seeped in emotions. Some bittersweet. I was thinking about the parallel lives of the Dell during the past few years, the down-in-the-trenches renovations while you were keeping the Dell's home fires burning on your blog. I'd like to say you were a catalyst. The "new" Dell is amazing, Toni is a beautiful and creative woman with exquisite taste. I just know you smiled when you saw the Baracuta and Jack Percells hanging on the peg under the Welcome Sign. I do believe the sweet spirits of the Ettlines will forever linger there. Thank you.

    A Dellette, if only in my dreams.

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  36. Hi dear Tom . What a stunning transformation of your beloved Shady Dell. The family have done an amazing job with the old building, as well as spending oodles of dollars, methinks! I am so glad that it wasn't just knocked down. That would have been dreadful. Lovely that that lamp had been used again. I am so glad that I was finally able to get over to see you and admire all the photos today. I do hope that all is well with you .

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  37. Anonymous - My goodness, yours is a sweet and insightful comment. I wish that I could thank you by name but if you wish to remain anonymous then I respect that and I thank you just the same. You're absolutely right about the parallel lives of the Dell. As a result of the two year renovation only a few scant vestiges of the old Dell remain. I'm sure that new reality brings tears to the eyes of the old guard. Reality, however, is all in the mind, and here on the blog I invite people to suspend reality and be forever young, singing and dancing and laughing and playing at the Dell we once knew. We will keep it alive with our stories, our music and our imagination. Anonymous, I thank you once again for coming and I hope you will return again and again. You are always welcome in my house. I believe in making dreams come true. Therefore your application to become a Dellette is hereby:

    approved...
    approved...
    APPROVED!!!

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