There is a special concert coming up on Sunday afternoon. The Northwest Iowa Concert Band will play in the Pavilion at Arnolds Park at 2 p.m. Can you believe this band is playing its 28th summer concert in The Park? That is the information I received from Rich Nicklay, the band’s director. That is nearly three decades of giving us a wonderful afternoon of music. Thank you to all the musicians who participate in this band as well as Rich.
Do you know how the Boji Bantam Theatre got its name? Back in 1963 Stephens College had a contest to name their children’s theatre on the grounds of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Dorothy Rickers, a society editor at the Worthington Daily Globe in Minnesota, had two names that she created. She asked her daughter Beth and son Marty to pick one to submit to the contest. Their choices were Moppets Matinee and Boji Bantam. Beth chose Moppets and Marty got Boji Bantam. Marty was 8 years old and won the contest. He chuckles when he says that to this day his sister still holds a grudge. Marty Rickers still lives in Worthington where he is strategic partnership manager for Bedford Industries Inc. Those of us who have lived here for decades couldn't imagine that great children's theatre called anything else. Thanks Marty!
It won’t be long and the new Roof Garden will be open. Yeah! The first show is on Aug. 2, and features Tommy James and the Shondells. The show is sold out but there are several more coming in the next few weeks.
There is not nearly enough room to tell you the names of all the musicians here in the Lakes Area over the weekend. There were between 30 and 40 who came to pay tribute to our beloved John Senn at the visitation Sunday and funeral on Monday. John co-founded the Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Music Association back in 1997. Those musicians all respected John's musical talent and admired him for what he has done to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music, its performers, promoters and behind the scenes participants. The new museum that opened up in June was dedicated to this man who wanted us not to forget the music. I considered John a true friend and am grateful for his part in my life. I want to go on record saying behind this man was a wonderful woman. Naomi Senn did everything from taking down equipment to building and painting, setting up shows, hauling merchandise, planting flowers at the museum and so much more. Thank you Naomi for sharing your husband with us all. Rest in peace John and we promise we will keep on rockin'.
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!