Calling all Cake Eaters! This list is for you!
If you’ve lived in Beaver for awhile, there are certain things that you have grown accustomed to. Some even unacknowledged, until you are called out by an outsider. Here are a few of those…
1. You have been called a Cake Eater, and don’t really mind…because you get your cake from Kretchmars.
I have lived in Beaver all of my life and couldn’t even tell you what exactly Cake Eater means, but, that being said, the toasted almond torte is something I would never pass up!
2. There is a 6:00 pm fire whistle, and when it blows, you better get home for dinner or else your mom will be maaaad!
Between the fire whistle and the cemetery bells, you can always tell what time it is. Sort of like what you are taught in Scouts, except you don’t need to use the direction of the sun. You just have to listen!
3. Saying “Are you FROM Beaver?” or “Do you live IN Beaver”, with a significant accent on the FROM or IN
This was recently brought to my attention and it is 100% accurate! I’m not really sure what exactly it means, but there is a definite accent where it usually isn’t.
4. Using the cemetery in non-cemetery ways.
Meaning, you have used the cemetery to walk, or jog, maybe ride your bike, or you may have even learned how to drive there. I’m not sure that this is a normal thing in other towns! It’s a great place to run, for sure! But… it is a little weird if you think about it. I couldn’t imagine using any other cemetery in the area (or actually, out of the area too) for anything like this.
5. You know (and secretly love) the Shop Beaver jingle that plays every couple songs at Beaver Super, and the clock tower jingles too!
My favorite is America the Beautiful. It gives the town that Norman Rockwell feel as you stroll the brick sidewalks. It is especially nice on Light Up Night, with the lights and the pony rides. My favorite time of year!
6. You don’t consider any other bakeries other than Kretchmar’s ever, for anything – Refer back to eating that cake, you cake eater!
This is true for folks outside of Beaver as well. The bakery is just that good. Of course, I don’t need to tell you that! My in-laws ask to have the cinnamon bread shipped to them and they have never even lived here. They just visit!
7. You know the difference between the “good” side and “bad” side of Third Street
This is a thing! I’m not sure that out-of-towners would know about this. Anyone that lives in town understands it though.
8. At least one person in your family was involved somehow with the filming of Gung Ho.
You can totally see my Uncle’s head in the gazebo scene!! It’s the top of his head, and it’s in the very lower left side of the screen, but we are all sure that is him! Also, since the filming, Michael Keaton was the town’s favorite actor for decades.
9. You look forward to the changing of the seasons and holidays and the corresponding lawn decoration updates at the house across from the cemetery on Third.
The lights! The wooden cut–outs! The festiveness of it all!! I love it! I don’t know who lives in that house, but you certainly brighten up the town and I, for one, thank you for your efforts!
10. You never want to move out of Beaver
Never ever!!! I’m a lifer, and you know you are too!