I got an interesting call from Georgia Sheley of Milford this week. She told me she was enjoying browsing in the shops and Nutty Bar Stand across from the Arnolds Park Amusement Park over the busy weekend. She saw Okoboji High School homecoming queens Olivia Albright (2014) and Samantha Wuebker (2015) along with the 2015 Dickinson County Fair queen Grace Goering all working there.
"They really named that area appropriately when they called it Queens Court," she said. "It is really a Queen's Court this summer!" I agree.
With the 50th Reunion for the IGL Recording Company coming up on July 16, there will be many familiar faces here. Four former bands are playing for the concert in the Roof Garden that night. Members of The Dentairs will include Bob Rusk from Dickens, Mick Buckley and Terry Yarns from Spirit Lake as well as Joe Cuttell from Wahpeton. I am hoping that Everly native Mike Monnahan, now living in Cedar Rapids; Estherville native Loren Paulsen, now residing in Lee's Summit, Missouri and Jay Reinders, now living in Minnesota will also make the trip to play together again. I have not been able to confirm the performers with Terry but my hopes are high.
I mentioned Rusty Davis last week. It will be awesome to see Davis and Terry Klein together again on stage as the Upson Downs!
The other big reunion taking place will be with the band Dee Jay & the Runaways. Those guys will all be on stage together again celebrating their 50th reunion. The band originated here in the Lakes Area five decades ago. On stage will be John Senn of Spirit Lake, Denny Storey of Dickens, Bob Godfredsen from Sibley, Gary Lind of Arnolds Park, Tom Valle of Sioux Falls and Dennis Kintzi of Milford. Those were the six who recorded the famous "Peter Rabbit." Other Runaways from through the years who coming to play will be Sam French from Virginia and Roger Hughes from Des Moines.
By the way, Rusty and Terry also were members of the Runaways before branching off to create the Upson Downs. It is sure to be a wonderful 50th party for the Runaways.
Many of you will remember Roger Hughes. Not only was he a performer but became nationally-famous as a song writer. He lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for many years and recently moved back to Iowa's capitol city.
The Epicurians are also playing at the reunion show and dance. They were from southern Minnesota and great musicians as well.
I don't think you can pack much more talent onto one stage in one night than will grace the Roof Garden stage on July 16! I can hardly wait!
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.