Sherwood residents love eclipse: 'It's like it's night already'
Those gathered on the baseball field at Synder Park on Monday at 10:19 a.m. to witness the total eclipse -- well as much as Sherwood was going to get -- seemed totally impressed by the light show.
So much in fact that at 10:20 a.m., when the son began to reappear, they began clapping with appreciation.
Earlier in the morning, residents began lining the front of the park's nearby tennis courts, donning the glasses so many had purchased earlier, most of which were sold out by show time.
For Steven Bodo and his wife Mona, who were sitting in lawn chairs with their glasses on, it was their second eclipse, having witnessed their first on in 1979 from their homeland in Transylvania, Romania. Steven recalled that he viewed it through his uncle's welder's mask.
"So this is my second one in half a century," he pointed out.
As residents poured into the park for the once-in-a-lifetime viewing, two young entrepreneurs, Dylan Stamback, 17, and Hayden Gilbert, 18, were walking around selling their homemade screen print T shirts commemorating the event.
The Sherwood High School seniors had been out and about over the last several days, traveling to Salem, Pacific City, Corvallis and Lincoln City to sell their wares. By 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, they had sold 45 of their $20 shirts and had been interviewed by a Fresno, Calif., television station and a NASA station.
Back on the baseball field, Shanelle Peterkin said she thought watching the event through the glasses was cool.
Her cousin, Levy Johnson, concurred.
"It's like it's night already," said the young boy.
By 10:44 a.m., the ballfield was mostly cleared and only three people remained in front of the tennis courts.
After the totality event was over, Mona Bodo said she was impressed with the short but memorable experience.
"Too bad the moon didn't stop for a little longer," she quipped.