Even though there were a couple of chilly, rainy days, I think the Memorial Day weekend was a success in the Iowa Great Lakes Region.
At times, the traffic on Highway 71 was bumper to bumper from the stoplight in Arnolds Park back to the Okoboji Summer Theatre in Okoboji. The people seemed to go everywhere with smiles on their faces. They all were appreciative of being able to gather together and enjoy each other’s company as well as the awesome amenities and activities available.
I was glad to welcome family members from Sioux Falls, South Dakota back for a holiday weekend for the first time since Winter Games of 2020. The Maseks were amazed at all the changes since they were last here, and my son-in-law was super glad to relieve his Taco House withdrawals as soon as he arrived.
I had the honor of dancing with Bob Stewart in the Roof Garden Sunday evening. The Des Moines resident spends a large quantity of time here each summer but, like everyone else, saw many restrictions last year. It was so good to see him back here again.
It was a board reunion of sorts for the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association’s Board of Directors on Sunday evening. Current board members Tom Bethke of Fort Dodge, Janice Hill of Sergeant Bluff, Bill Hillman from Shenandoah, Rick Hillyard from Tabor and Vance Jorgensen of Mason City were here to either perform or watch the bands at the concert in the Roof Garden. Also in the audience were former board members Bob Godfredsen of Sibley, Bill “Chopper” Pelchat from Sioux City and Mick Buckley of Spirit Lake. There was a lot of reminiscing going on throughout the evening.
The Hillman family is staying in the Lakes Area for the entire week, and I hope they have a wonderful time!
I had the honor of covering the Memorial Day ceremony in Milford on Monday. Milford American Legion Post 384 conducted the event. I want to say, from all of us there, thank you to all of you veterans in that organization not only for your service but the time and effort you put in all year long with a wide variety of events. This thank you is also extended to the members of the American Legion posts in Spirit Lake and Lake Park as well as the VFW in Spirit Lake.
While watching the festivities on Monday, I was also reminded of how helpful the members of Milford Scout Troop 170 are when an event takes place. Not only did the scouts participate in the ceremony; they were there at 7 a.m. to assist with putting up hundreds of flags, and returned at 3 p.m. to help take them down.
The troop members also help with pancake breakfasts on Walleye Weekend for the fire department, the U of B bike ride breakfast and many more each year. I commend their leaders for getting these young people involved in their community. The picture shows some of the scouts during the wreath dedication portion of Monday’s event.
All of Dickinson County’s boy scouts and girl scouts are a vital part of our communities. Sometimes I am afraid we take them for granted. Thank you to you and your leaders for all that you do!
This coming Friday night, Richie Lee is returning to the Lakes Area to perform a concert on Preservation Plaza from 6-8 p.m. Richie first performed at an Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association event when he was 11 years old. He is now an adult and father of two adorable daughters. He has been performing across the four-state area for all these years now and is a real crowd pleaser. He spent a lot time in this area while he was growing up as his mother (Nancy) was a Spencer High School graduate. He would visit his grandma Edie often. She was musically talented as well, performing with the then existing Spencer Sweet Adelines Chorus. I look forward to seeing he, Lindsey and the girls on Friday.
If you have a reunion, family party or special event coming up this summer, let me know. You can email the information to email@example.com or give me a call at 712-320-2850.
Have a safe and happy weekend. We will chat again next week!