There were 26 members of the family of Anders Jensen who gathered for a reunion at Cutty’s last week. They were commemorating the 137th anniversary of his arrival in the United States, emigrating from Denmark. That is a really great reason for a reunion, isn't it?
My dear friend Roger Boyd and his famous band Head East are here to do a concert in the new Roof Garden tonight. The band is touring the entire country celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band. Head East will now have performed in all three Roof Gardens. Roger was the founder of the group and loves the Iowa Great Lakes Area. He and his wife Vicki are spending a couple of extra days here enjoying all the wonderful things we locals sometimes take for granted.
We area music lovers enjoyed the band The Trademarkz for many years. Due to various members moving or battling illness, the band can only play on rare occasions. One such time is on Labor Day when they will all get together to play at the Barefoot Bar in the late afternoon. Dr. Greg Hoekstra from Waterloo, Dennis Johnson from Des Moines, David Lady from Windom, Minnesota, Bob Rusk from Dickens, Tim Horsman from Arnolds Park and Mick Buckley from Spirit Lake have a great time getting together to play for us. On several Labor Day weekends, one of the original members of the band, Scott Peterson from Florida, comes up on vacation and joins them for a number or two. I hope to see him this year.
There is a unique happening this weekend that you don't see elsewhere in Iowa. The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Guitar Marching Band makes an appearance on every IRRMA Hall of Fame Weekend. These musicians, ranging in age from pre-teen upwards to late 70s or so proudly march, playing their guitars and singing to the enjoyment of the crowd. This year they will begin marching at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the entrance to the new arched Promenade on Preservation Plaza. They will stroll down the walkway and over to the patio outside the Rock ‘n Roll Museum. You will find various percussionists, pom pom gals, and occasionally a horn or two making up this colorful entourage. They play and sing some awesome music too. Thank you goes out to Barbara Lancaster for putting this band together each year. It is so much fun to watch and listen to these awesome musicians having fun, most of whom do not know each other or have ever played together. Lets hope the weatherman cooperates Saturday morning.
I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. Then we move into the first week of September when everyone around these parts gets ready for the Clay County Fair that begins on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Spencer. Jeremy Parsons and his staff have worked hard all year to make the nine-day county fair one of the best in the nation.
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 soon!