Through all the unusual and far from normal happenings this summer, my friend Bob Stewart and I finally got to visit and take our annual photo together. Bob and his family live in the Des Moines area but he enjoys summers here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Normally, we take the annual photo in June but did not run into each other until last Friday night at Live on Lake Street. As you can see by the accompanying photo, I am not the only person Bob posed with that evening. He enjoyed meeting Charlie Lewis from Minnesota. Charlie and his son have a duo act called Elvis & Son. They performed on stage with Denny and the D C Drifters. Charlie enjoyed meeting everyone before, during and after the show. His 21-year-old son Brian did a super job on Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Elvis songs and was a crowd-pleaser. As you can tell by the big smile on his face, Bob enjoyed the show too.
For those of you who are missing Glenn Henriksen's weekly jam sessions at his Spirit Lake home this summer, there is an opportunity to enjoy Glenn this Friday night, Aug. 21. He and his band Galaxy will be performing at Live on Lake Street at 7 p.m. That show will take place on Preservation Plaza, not in front of the Roof Garden. Glenn really hated to give up his weekly jam sessions but with all the pandemic problems it just wasn't safe to have so many people in his home at one time. We appreciate his caring for the safety of his fans and fellow musicians. Live on Lake Street is out in the open this week on the Plaza where there is plenty of room to safe distance; giving him a chance to see his fans again.
Kudos go out to Lee Fernstrom and Ruby Wittrock. They have a plentiful garden this year so were kind enough to pass out vegetables to those who attended the drive up worship service at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. I was a lucky recipient of some very delicious tomatoes. Thank you Lee and Ruby!
Have any of you driven by the Wildcat Stadium baseball/softball field in Arnolds Park? The committee that worked very hard to make major improvements to that field deserve a huge thank you. I attended a special fundraiser Wooden Bat Baseball Game at the park on Sunday. It is a fine facility with a playground for smaller children and much improved dugouts. etc. They are adding pitching and batting cages and other amenities for the youth of this area to use and not just during game time. The kids will have a wonderful opportunity to improve their skills. I believe there is a facebook page for Wildcat Stadium where parents can find out how to use the facility for their children. City officials and committee members are to be commended for getting behind our youth and spending the money to make this field more than a field of dreams. It is now a reality.
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.
Have a great week and be safe. We will chat again next week!