This is the seventh year that Kansas City native Sam Cordes has come to the Iowa Great Lakes Region to act in productions at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. He started here as a Stephens College student. After graduation he went on to earn his Masters in Theatre at the University of Nevada. Each summer he would come back here to act in at least one play.
This year he came to Okoboji the hard way. Sam rode his bicycle here from Oregon. He is a member of Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre; a troupe of actors and designers who create original environmentally themed plays and then tour on their bikes to rural communities throughout the country. He is here performing in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at OST. He will then catch up with the troupe and continue their artistic trek to a conclusion in Pennsylvania. They are raising money for the Agile Theatre while spreading the good word about our environment.
I am glad you all survived the Everly Class of 1964 party. We had our reunion over the weekend. Although we graduated in Clay County, we always hold our reunions (every five years) here in the Lakes Area. The three who came the longest distance to party all weekend were: Malcolm Gibson from Florida, Jack Peters from Illinois and Bruce Barents from Tennessee. They were amazed at how many building projects have changed our landscape over the past five years. Those of us who live here all the time don’t necessarily stop to think about how much Dickinson County has grown. Thanks guys for reminding me.
John and Frances Barrow gathered members of the Okoboji Summer Theatre Association to help out with ushering at “Mary Poppins.” It was such a large cast, there were no students left to do the ushering so we members volunteered to help. John wanted me to be sure to mention in my column what a good job the ushers were doing when I was there to help Sunday evening. So OK…here goes. You did a fine job of ushering!
Many of you will recognize Marilyn Rowe in the photo. She summers on the west side of West Lake Okoboji. Marilyn winters in California near the gentleman in the picture. He is Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean fame. She got him to autograph two of his books that she brought back for the auction to be held during Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame over Labor Day weekend.
Bob Monahan’s family is holding a reunion here this week. They grew up in Audubon but spent summers here in the Lakes Area, beginning back at Gerkes Resort. Mark is coming from Washington, D.C. Kathy lives in Portland, Maine. Her two daughters are coming from Tunisia and New York. Pat has moved here to live. Tom Monahan will be remembered for his 25 years as the golf pro for Spencer Golf Club. He now lives in Hutchinson, Kansas. All of the cousins have remained very close but it will be the first time many of the third generation will meet each other. I hope everyone has a wonderful time!
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!