I must start out this week's column with a huge apology to the artistic director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. His name is Stephen Brotebeck. In a story I wrote about him last week, I spelled his last name wrong, using a "d" instead of a "t." He is a very gifted director and deserved to have his name spelled correctly. I am so sorry Stephen.
The Iowa Great Lakes Region is welcoming two new pastors to minister to the flock … of parishioners, residents and tourists. Pastor Chris McClain delivered his first sermon at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park on July 1. He moved here from Council Bluffs.
Pastor Jeremiah Jording is setting up his office in Immanuel Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in Spirit Lake.Welcome to both of you. The Lakes Region is a great place in which to live and work.
With the Fourth of July here, so are long, long lines of cars. I urge everyone to be patient and plan an extra 20 to 30 minutes to arrive at your destinations. A huge shout out to all our law enforcement, emergency responders and firefighters who work long, hard hours over the holiday to ensure our safety. Thank you to all of you for your service to us!
Derek Post has returned to perform before his "hometown" crowd at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on July 6. He grew up here and now travels performing his favorite music genres — blues and rock. He will be playing with a local backup band so it will be old home night all around. Welcome back Derek!
Dennis Johnson, Dr. Greg Hoekstra and David Lady came back to the Lakes Region this past week. They are part of the band called The Trademarkz. Dennis lives in Des Moines, Doc Hoekstra in Waterloo and David in Wilmar, Minnesota. They came back to visit with friends and to play an Alzheimer benefit at Captain's Getaway. They joined locals Tim Horsman, Jerry Jones and Mick Buckley, bringing back memories of the good old days at Reubin's Theater. These guys have so much fun playing together it didn't seem to matter that it had been over a year since they made great music for us all to enjoy. The only one missing was trumpeter Bob Rusk from Dickens. He was out in Boston spoiling the grandbaby. It was great to see them again and I hope we don't have to wait another couple of years to hear them perform together!