Have you all noticed the beautiful flower beds in front of the main theatre building at Okoboji Summer Theatre? They are just gorgeous! I found out that Dick and Marsha Swanson of Spirit Lake are keeping those gardens beautiful. Dick told me they have some volunteers who come to help them as well. A lot of work is involved in this volunteer project. Thank you so much to them for making another area of our wonderful Lakes Region pretty. Also to the person who thought she could just come over there and cut flowers to take home, shame on you! Those are not yours for the taking. None of us should help ourselves to those blooms at any time of the year! Those beautiful flower beds are meant for viewing … not consumption.
All his relatives, friends and fans were glad to welcome Kent Tritle back to his hometown of Spirit Lake for a visit. He lives in New York City and is an internationally reknowned organist, musical director and conductor. Kent played an organ recital at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer last Sunday. The congregation at Grace Church has totally refurbished their beautiful pipe organ. I can’t think of a more accomplished, talented person to christen that pipe organ with a new life than Kent. Welcome home!
It is hard to believe the OST 2018 season is coming to an end this week. On behalf of all of us regular attendees, I say thank you to Gail Humphries-Mardirosian, Ruth Ann Burke and Stephen Brotebeck for selecting such a varied and exciting lineup of shows for us to enjoy. Some we had seen before, some not. There was something for everyone and four musicals was a real bonus! Stephens College is blessed with several very talented singers in this year's class enabling us to reap the benefits. Sorry to see you go, but kudos on a great season!
Always great to catch up with my friend Bob Stewart from Johnston. He and his family have had a family reunion at the Lakes since his grandfather L.B. Hakes purchased a home on Fort Dodge Point in 1948 for the (then) exorbitant price of $25,000. Folks in his hometown thought he was crazy, because who would want to leave their home in Laurens to sit on some "musty old lake." How times have changed! (see photo)
Natalie Thoreau Pohlman was here visiting with her family and friends in Spencer and the Lakes Region over the weekend. Known by her friends as NatBot, she lives in the DesMoines area now and enjoys singing with a band in her free time from work responsibilities. She has also sung the National Anthem at Iowa Cubs home baseball games.
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