Hello to you readers out there. Welcome to the summer of 2021. It promises to be much better than 2020, and we are all looking forward to that!
It is nice to see some things returning to normal this year. Spudnuts is open again. That makes many people’s mouths water immediately.
The Dick Bauman Big Band begins performing every Monday evening in the Pomerantz Hall at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Memorial Day. We all missed them last year. Director Greg Forney told me the musicians are excited to be playing once again.
I very much enjoyed seeing the Spirit Lake Junior High Marching Band marching down the street in the Tulip Festival parade on May 13. They looked and sounded so good! I am so glad bands are marching again…aren’t you?
Dustyn Wikert and Schyler Johnson have just opened up another food and beverage establishment in Arnolds Park. They are calling this one Boardwalk. They also own and operate Nautical and Portside Pizza Pub on West Broadway Street. Boardwalk is located along the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji near the entrance to the amusement park and the Queen II dock. Not only did they open up the new bar and grille this past weekend but Schyler got married. Congrats go out to the new Mr. and Mrs. Johnson!
There is something new on the mini-golf course at Treasure Village this year. Linnea Lambert told me some students in the No Boundaries program decided to help the community by spending some time at Treasure Village. They cut a boat in half, made it smaller and created a mini-boat for one of the 27 holes on the golf course.
“We wanted this hole to have a “row, row, row your boat” type theme,” she said.
Linnea also promised me that it would have to be a good shot, but you can get a hole-in-one on that boat hole. I intend to try my luck.
I had a chance to visit with Ken Hoyne out in Sioux Falls last month. He is a fantastic trombone player who comes over every Tuesday night to play in the Jazzed Up Big Band in the Roof Garden. According to band director Rick Ayres, the first performance will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 8. They will play every Tuesday night this summer. Ken is one of many musicians from places like Sioux City, Vermillion, Fort Dodge, Sioux Falls, etc. who get together every Tuesday to have fun playing together, and we reap the benefits. Welcome back Jazzed Up!
There were several volunteers who showed up Monday afternoon to unload the semi-trailer filled with lights, sound equipment, props etc. brought up from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, for the Okoboji Summer Theatre. As you can see by the photo, they worked hard to get everything out of that trailer. Ruth Ann and Michael Burke are in charge at OST, and they are so excited to be back this summer. They missed us last year, and we missed them too. OST will be doing a shorter season this year: three musicals and three comedies. The first show is “Grease,” and it starts on July 6. Welcome back!
If you have a reunion, family party or special event coming up this summer, let me know. You can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 712-320-2850.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend as we honor our loved ones lost. We will chat again next week!