Bob Stewart of Johnston is back in our Lakes Area this summer. I see him often at musical events. He is navigating around on one hip following eight surgeries but can still shake a leg on the dance floor. I hope he has a lot of patience as that healing is a long, slow process.
There is a 96-year-old World War II veteran from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who attends Rock the Roof regularly on Thursday nights. He dances and dances and is a joy to watch. If someone knows his name, give me a call at the number listed here. I would like to be able to call him by name. He is amazing!
Myles Kass, owner of Bob's in Arnolds Park, had his wooden ice cream cone "borrowed" off the side of his building. It has great sentimental value to him since it was a gift from Jerry Kurth who was at The Wharf years ago. I hope whomever "borrowed" it will return it as soon as possible. The family has offered a sizable reward so call 712-540-0203 with any information. As Myles continues his battle with cancer, he really didn't need this heart-wrenching thing too. Lets get that cone back!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Taylor this week. He is an actor from Hollywood who at one time was a student at Stephens College and spent a summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre. It was interesting to hear his memories of 42 years ago and comments on how much has changed here in the Lakes Area since then. We who live here often take for granted the changes that are constantly taking place. We are no longer a quiet little retreat but a bustling resort area with all the amenities of large cities -- and with much less crime.
I did something over the weekend that I had promised myself I would do for several years now. I had not been to the Abbie Gardner Cabin museum in over two decades, other than to take photos or do a story about someone. I took three grandsons and my mother on Sunday. We watched the video, saw all the artifacts and displays and it was great. I learned much more about the events leading up to the massacre and really enjoyed the time we spent there. All of us who live here all the time, should take the time to visit our museums. They are right here in our own backyards!
I send out Happy Birthday greetings to Connie LaFoy of Arnolds Park. She is celebrating her 90th with a party Saturday. See you at your party Connie.
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.