I got an email the other day from local entertainer Bill Carpenter. A few years back he had encouraged a young singer from Nashville to come here to perform and now recording artist Neil Dover is coming back to the Lakes Area this month. According to Carpenter, Dover is promoting his new album "Kiss Me Mama, I Gotta Go." My guess is that it is a country album. Would you agree? Carpenter says Dover will perform a free concert in the loft at the Okoboji Barn on Tuesday, July 23. Showtime will be 7 p.m. We are so glad he likes us enough to come back to entertain his local fans.
The Imagine Iowa Great Lakes members must be delighted that one of their most visual projects is completed. The stroll under the arches at Preservation Plaza from West Broadway Street to the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji is beautiful and will certainly be colorful when all the plantings go into full bloom mode. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place Tuesday evening.
I had the opportunity to meet members of the Jerry Schnurr and Marilyn Kiliper families this past week. I got to tour their "Century Cottage" in the Manhatten Beach area on West Lake. Marilyn's late husband and Jerry were cousins. Marilyn and Jerry are busy planning a big reunion for between 75 and 80 family members this summer to mark the 100 years of familial ownership of the cottage. I know that the state of Iowa designates Century Farms when a family reaches the 100-year plateau. If I am not mistaken the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation helps with that project. Maybe we need a Iowa Great Lakes Century Cottage designation with a sign to erect in that yard as I am sure there are more cottages and homes around our Lakes Area that qualify. Maybe an historic organization or community service group would create this project? What an awesome designation in a very special and unique little corner of God's world!
Three generations of the Vos family have owned and operated Vos Plumbing and Heating for more than three decades. Uncle Earl Barnes, Nick, and then Gary Vos have kept our pipes plugged or unplugged as needed, as well as keeping us warm during the dreaded winter months. The monumental decision to sell was made and now Gary can slow down a little. Their well-known business is, as of July 1, Okoboji Plumbing and Heating with new owner Branagen Powers. Welcome to the business community Branagen.
I trust you all will have a safe and happy Independence Day!
If you have a reunion, family party or special event coming up this summer, let me know. Email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 712-320-2850.
Chat with you again next week!