Denny Perry of Spirit Lake has requested your help. Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day so Denny and other veterans will be putting up the Avenue of Flags for the holiday. Anyone willing to help should come to the Dickinson County Courthouse in Spirit Lake at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13. You don't need to call ahead, just show up that morning to help put up over 380 flags. Those same flags need to be taken down on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. He needs help then as well.Thanks in advance for your help!
Dave and Karen Schwaller of rural Milford are literally inundated with kids today (June 12). They are hosting 175 students from the Mary Treglia House in Sioux City who are learning all about farming, growing food and animals. The students will also be visiting the Jones Dairy Farm near Spencer. The students are in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Dickinson County Cattlemen are grilling their lunch. What a great learning adventure for those kids and a super undertaking for the Jones and Schwaller families. Well done!!!
I would like to say Happy Birthday to my mom, Mina Fear, who lives in Everly. She is 91 years old today! The family will gather at my house for a party on Sunday. A special guest this year will be Mom's sister Julie Gerritsen Buckler from Omaha, Nebraska.
Sunday a parade takes place in Arnolds Park. What is so special about that? Well, everyone knows Milford, Lake Park and Spirit Lake have parades every summer. However Arnolds Park has not had a parade since the centennial back in 1997. This is a rare occurrence and begins at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Congratulations to everyone involved in this celebration. What a milestone!
I bid a fond farewell this coming week to Dan Schultz, the artist director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. He is moving to California for a wonderful new job opportunity for him. He will become the director of a vaudeville and melodrama theatre near San Luis Obispo. He has brought so much laughter and enjoyment to all of us who have watched him perform and direct at OST for 13 years. We will miss you Dan but wish you all the very best in your new challenges ahead! Be sure to come back for a visit once in a while.
Another outstanding theatrical talent is leaving the area. Evan Hilsabeck, the managing artistic director at Spencer Community Theatre, is moving to Coralville to artistically manage a 500-seat theatre there. A graduate of Okoboji High School and Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, he will be leaving family and friends for new adventures in theatre. Best of luck Evan. Thanks for all you did for us here in the Lakes Area!
My dear friends Brent and Brenda Tewes of Spirit Lake are very busy along with other officers of the local University of Okoboji Corvette Club.They are in final preparation mode for the annual two-day Vettes in the Park. This celebration of a classically awesome line of automobiles takes place in the Amusement Park area of the town of Arnolds Park on June 20-21. As president of the U of O Corvette Club, Brent invites all Corvette owners to bring their cars down for display and encourages all of us to wander through and browse around during that two-day time frame. I am always in awe as I stroll through the rows and rows of "Vettes" each year. I can hardly wait!
I send out love and congratulations to my dear friend Aubrey LaFoy. He turns 90 years old on June 16! He is a World War II veteran who taught school 36 years. Aubrey has written 900 articles under the "Memory Lane" title. He also wrote and published six books of Memories and history of the Iowa Great Lakes. He is currently in the process of compiling a history of the steamboats that plied the Lakes. A Milford native, he and his wife Connie live in Arnolds Park during the summer and in Arizona during the cold months.
If you are having special guests or celebrations and events this summer, let me know. We all like to know what is going on and who is coming to visit. My phone number is 712-320-2850 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!