Dec 20-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: December: Dec 20-02
Christmas party in Calumet    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dale Vajko
Fun and food    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dale Vajko

Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 11:16 pm:

Quite a crowd at Still Waters this afternoon for the annual Christmas open house. It was standing room only in the dining room where Pasty Central was born back in 1996. Around these tables the residents were first photographed peeling the veggies to make pasties. As people saw the pictures, they began to email, asking "How about you send US some of those pasties?" The rest is history, and some 164,000 pasties later we're still having a good time.

This evening at Still Waters, the staff gathered for our Christmas party. It was a sumptuous dinner served by Chef Eric Karvonen and his crew, followed by singing and fun. Still Waters has faced some extreme challenges in these changing times, but the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, and the support of the community has kept the Home fulfilling its mission of caring for the Grandmas and Grandpas of the Copper Country.

We did a little reminiscing tonight at the party. Pasty Central has been a lifeline for this non-profit organization. The pasty kitchen and Internet service which has evolved from it continue to serve the whole country with a taste of the U.P. Special thanks to all who helped make this holiday season another one for the record books.

Our people

By Luanne, Dickeyville, Wi on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 01:04 am:

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all at Stillwaters and Pasty Central. Appreciate the job you do.

By Alex Tiensivu, suddenly hungry! on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 01:21 am:

ACK! I want to move in!

By Cousin Jack on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 02:07 am:

Here's a new Christmas song(MP3 guitar instrumental) for all the wonderful people at and Still Waters who deserve so much more:
HeadWaters(VerITAS CAput)


Donna-Greenville Mi. on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 04:21 am:

Thank You for the good service of Pasty Cam and FedEx in delivering a box of pasties to our Son in Alburquerque N.M.I can rest assured that they are there on time.We live downstate here in Mi.but we have had our yearly vacations in the UP. for many years.We enjoy our visits now to the UP.thru the website.Merry Christmas to all.

By Patt, A yopper wanna' be on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 06:35 am:

Cousin Jack, Your music is beautiful! While listening, I closed my eyes and imagined it was one of those rare UP summer days with a low 80 degree temp and I was sitting up at White Fish Pointe, (Or any other UP shoreline for that matter) alone, while the waves lapped at the shoreline. The two were a perfect fit. Again thank you for sharing your talent.

Merry Christmas to one & all!

By Kate, CA on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 09:30 am:

Mmmmmmm, almost looks like I could reach right in
the photo and help myself to something
scrumptious. (suddenly salivating). How delightful
to see some of the residents too, the force behind
the pasties. Very merry photos, indeed.

By Dave Mad. Hgts. Mi. on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 01:29 pm:

Merry Christmas to all at Stillwaters. I click on this website every day and enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work.

By Lowell MO on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 03:09 pm:

We Would like to Wish everybody at Pasty Central,Stillwaters, and Especially to Charlie and his Family for all of his work on this site, "A Very Merry Christmas ".
Have enjoyed all the pictures and other info thru the year.
Best Wishes From Missouri.
Lowell & Jackie La Fave

By Marc, offshore GoM/Tamarack City on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 04:47 pm:

Myself and the crew of the M/V Western Pride would like to also thank the "crew" at for all the years of wonderful photos:) It has always been and will be a very special site for me while away at sea. Merry Christmas and God bless all.

By Fred troll, MI on Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 08:50 pm:

Merry Christmas to all and a special thanks to Charlie for all the hard work you do so we can enjoy the beautiful Copper Country even at our homes. I start everyday right here and it lifts me up and often brings a smile. Carry on!

By Mike Mehrman, White Lake, MI. on Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 07:28 am:

Mmmmmm, Looks like there might be some saffron bread on that table, just one of the many things I miss about home.

By PSmith-SC on Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 07:54 am:

Thank you Charlie and staff for keeping the excellent pictures on Pasty Cam. It is my favorite stop each morning. We used to visit Mrs Azar Kirkish when she lived at Still Water many years ago. We lived in their apartment in Houghton back in 1953-54 and visited them at their camp on Lake Superior in later years. Mrs Kirkish always had some fresh Thimbleberry jam for us. We last me Joe at Eagle Harbor at a summer fair in about 1990 also visited Jimmie at the Kaleva Cafe.
Merry Christmas to one and all. Will have to order some more pasties after the holidays.

By Anna Thomas on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 08:17 am:

I used to work at Stillwaters and I sure miss everyone there. Everyone was super nice and kind.Looking at the pictures puts a smile on my face. I live in Indiana now but I think about all the girls i used to work with a lot.Looking forward to come back soon for vactions.

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