I had the opportunity to chat with Bob and Karen Stewart the other night. They are here at their summer residence for a few months. The Stewarts call the Des Moines area home but love to travel. According to Bob, last fall's adventure was a boat excursion down the Rhine River in Europe. He told me they really enjoyed it. Trips to Florida, Arizona and Texas to visit grandchildren broke up their winter a little. The Stewarts are now in the process of planning a trip to Egypt in October. I wish them happy and safe travels.
Rick Ayres of Spirit Lake put together a great group of musicians just a few short years ago to play for our listening pleasure. They call themselves the Jazzed Up Big Band. These talented people are now playing every Tuesday night in the Pavilion at Arnolds Park. He has musicians who travel from as far away as Webster City, Sioux City, Marcus in Iowa; Vermillion, Yankton and Sioux Falls in South Dakota to join several great players from this area. I don’t know each band member personally but two I am very familiar with. Steve Smith is from Marcus. He plays keyboards and grand pianos with equal skills. Steve is in both the Iowa and South Dakota rock 'n' roll halls of fame. So is Ken Hoyne from Sioux Falls. I talked with Ken at the South Dakota Hall of Fame Induction in April. He said the guys in that group have so much fun getting together here in the Lakes Area every Tuesday night during the summer. Thank you Rick for getting all these talented people together so we can tap our toes and/or dance the night away.
Julie Buckler from Elkhorn, Nebraska visited here in the Lakes Area this week. Her "summer home" is on the Lake of the Ozarks so a trip north is not in her normal routine. She came to help her older half-sister, Mina Fear, celebrate her 95th birthday. While not a regular visitor to this vacation spot, she said that she enjoys it very much when she does get the chance to visit.
I had a chance to visit with Ken George at a party the other night. He is a genius set designer from central Missouri who thinks outside the box. Ken is putting the finishing touches on a train for the play "Murder on the Orient Express." He was very excited about the project. I must admit I can hardly wait for opening night to see what he came up with this 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!