Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Moose Relocation Project (Part II)

So, how many square feet are required to house 275 moose? The short answer is many...many square feet.  

Life is funny sometimes.  The house we all fell in love with (not just us moose, but our Poppy and Moo too) is the one house on the list that our Moo was not impressed with on-line. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, the pictures she saw on the internet did not impress her. Dara O'Neil, our real estate agent, suggested we go take a look anyway, if for no other reason than to rule it out. Boy oh boy, what a sound suggestion that turned out to be!  This house had everything we needed, everything we wanted, and much more.  We had ourselves a winner!

Dara helped us out every step of the way and before we knew it, we were setting a date for the closing, which coincidentally was the same weekend as Jasper's annual Strassenfest.  How lucky we were to be able to take part and see it first hand.  Food, drink, and fun was the overall experience!

The tapping of the keg! 

Mayor Terry Seitz greeting everyone at the start of the Strassenfest.

While at the Strassenfest, our Poppy and Moo met and spoke with Mayor Seitz. When they told him they were new to the area and would be closing on our house the next day, he already knew the story. He said he knows everyone who moves into his town.  :) (We found out later Dara shared "our beginnings" with him of how we came to Jasper and he found our story interesting.) So interesting in fact that Mayor Seitz came to the house closing to personally welcome Poppy and Moo and he had Amanda Chodnicki from Channel 44 News in Evansville come out to tell our story. Our Poppy and Moo were overwhelmed by the kindness and friendliness of everyone they encountered!   

Here is their 15 seconds of fame! 

As soon as the closing was complete, we headed back to Chicago because now the real work had to begin...packing up the old house and most importantly The Moose Room!

Pictures of the Chicago MOOSE ROOM

Stay tuned for Part III of The Moose Relocation Project to see how the moose were transported and the unveiling of their new room! 

You won't want to miss it..It is a beautiful sight to behold!

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