Congratulations to Virg and Marietta Wahlman of Milford on their 65th wedding anniversary. This couple worked side by side at their Buy Rite Food Center grocery store for years. They always have a smile for you. Virg was the mayor of Milford for several years. They have both given much back to the Lakes Area in the way of community service. I hope their anniversary day (Sept. 3) is a glorious one for them. Happy Anniversary!
The Clay County Fair is coming up very soon. It is always a fun time for the people who live in this area. The entertainment at the fair is one of its mainstays. This year we get to see Peter Noone with his Herman's Hermits along with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap all on the same night. They are great bands with many, many hit records. Then on Veterans Day evening, the Oak Ridge Boys are back on the Grandstand Stage. I have seen them before and they are outstanding entertainers. They have Jimmy Fortune with them. I always enjoyed him when he was a singer in the Statler Brothers until they retired back in 2002. Jimmy is a little guy with a big voice.
The week prior to that, Dean Torrence is here in the Lakes Area. He is half of the surf music duo of Jan and Dean. He will be inducted into the IRRMA Hall of Fame on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and perform during the concert that evening. Jan Berry passed away in 2004 so the multi-talented Torrence is coming to accept their honor.
All of these internationally famous entertainers are here to entertain us in the next three weeks. How lucky can we get!
My nine-year-old grandson Grant Masek from Sioux Falls wanted a bass guitar. He got one early this summer and began learning the song "Louie, Louie" so he can play and march in the guitar marching band on Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame weekend. He plans to be in that band that marches from the State Pier to the front of the museum at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
He will probably be the youngest member of a band that is comprised largely of veteran Hall of Famers that are at least 65 years old or older. He and his dad (also a bass player) will both participate and maybe his mom (former drummer in the Milford High School Marching Band) and brother too. One of the great things about the Lakes Region is our versatility. Where else in Iowa can you see a band full of guitar players marching down the street?
Steve Daly of Spencer had a fundraiser going all summer during the Thursday night Rock the Roof concerts. He has earned the nickname Shaggy for obvious reasons. He wears his hair long, adorned by a do-rag and has an untrimmed beard. People could donate money in one of two containers. The first was the "now" look and the other was for the "then" look which was the former flat top clean shaven look Steve wore back in 1996. All the money from both pots went to the operation of the IRRMA Music Museum in Arnolds Park. Steve is now making an appointment for his hair cut and shave and he raised over $600! What a fun project that has been all summer. My donation went to the winning cause! I can hardly wait to see the "new" Steve. I wonder how many people will have trouble recognizing him.
Are you planning any wedding, anniversary, birthday celebrations or reunions? If you are having special guests, class reunions, or other celebrations and events this summer, let me know. We all enjoy knowing 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!