Paul and Alice Neppl of Spirit Lake are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They have family here from as far away as California and Florida to help honor their amazing milestone. Heartiest congratulations to Paul and Alice!
A spunky little lady is going to be celebrating her 95th birthday on July 24. Friends are busy planning a party for Jo Williams. Many, many people remember Jo as their physical education teacher. She taught at Spirit Lake Schools for somewhere around 40 years. More about her party as plans unfold.
Bob and Kate Shaw of Spirit Lake drive their musically colorful ice cream truck throughout the Lakes Region each summer. Bob told me they have had many customers of all ages over the years. They have served every presidential candidate that has visited the region and Gov. Terry Branstad, to name a few. At Spirit Lake's Cruise-In Saturday evening, they had a colorful unexpected customer. Cy, the Iowa State mascot, stopped them and wanted to purchase some of their delicious ice cream. Now you have to remember that Bob is a die-hard Hawkeye fan. He attempted to sell Cy some of the old stuff he had in the back of the truck, but Cy (he is pretty smart) wasn't buying any of that. So Bob and Kate gladly sold him the good stuff. Way to swallow that Hawkeye pride Bob, and serve everyone; even if their colors are cardinal and gold.
I want to warn everyone, Rusty Davis may be coming to town. It is always an adventure when Rusty pays a visit. Now a performer in Las Vegas, he, with partner Terry Klein of Spirit Lake, were the core of the Hall of Fame band Upson Downs many years ago. The Upson Downs are scheduled to perform at the IGL Recording Studio 50 Year Reunion on Saturday, July 16 in the Roof Garden. The Upson Downs recorded an album at IGL in Milford. Other IGL recording artists on stage that night will be the Epicurians, the Dentairs, Dale's DevonAires and Dee Jay & the Runaways. What a great reunion that will be!
Do you have special guests coming, weddings or family reunions in your summer plans? Let me know so we can all celebrate with you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 712-320-2850.