My mother and I went on an interesting excursion Sunday afternoon to the Iowa Lakeside Lab. The Friends of the Lakeside Lab had brought in the touring company of “Nature: A Walking Play” to enlighten us about preserving nature and getting along with our fellow man. We had the pleasure of watching Tyson Forbes portray Ralph Waldo Emerson. Forbes is the famous author’s great-great-great-grandson. He is a very talented actor from the Twin Cities. He sings well too. He treated the role with a love and respect for his kin while driving home a few truths to us all. As you can tell from the accompanying photo, he portrayed his character with intensity and command. The whole play was very well done. Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as well as learned a few things along the trail.
Because my mother is 95 and needs to use a walker, the Friends of Lakeside Lab provided a golf cart for our transportation around the Lab grounds to the various stage locations during the play. I had the opportunity to meet Matt Fairchild. He is the facilities manager for the entire Lakeside Lab campus and was our golf cart driver. Matt kept us informed about the areas we were exploring and was diligent in seeing that my mother could see everything. Thank you Matt for being so kind, knowledgeable and friendly. He is certainly an asset to the Lakeside Lab.
Mark and Molly Foss are leaving their home in the Lakes Area for Chicago this week. They are going to see their son’s play performed live. Matthew Foss is a teacher at the University of Toledo. He has adapted and directed a new play “All Quiet on the Western Front.” According to Molly, their son received permission from the original German author's family to do this project. It premiered academically at the University of Toledo. Mark and Molly are attending the professional premiere of his play, which will run through Sept. 22 in the Windy City. Matthew won a playwright award from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for this adaptation. Perhaps we will see it performed around here some day in the future.
Mark and Deb Bockwoldt are gearing up for a reunion of Bucky's college buddies next week. The Wartburg College housemates from 1975 are spending some time with the Bockwoldts. They have such interesting names as The Hammer, Drifter, Mad Dog, Guppy, Henry, Big Al and The Prez. Sounds like quite an interesting group, doesn’t it? Throw their spouses in for good measure and I am thinking everything around here will be fair game for reunion antics from Aug. 23-25. I hope Bucky and Deb are ready for the invasion. Have a great time everyone!
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!