I got a heads up from Bill Carpenter the other day about entertainer Neil Dover. According to Bill, Dover will be performing a free outdoor concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 in Speier Park (across from the airport) in Okoboji. Dover has a lot of fans here with his previous shows and is a super entertainer. That should be a fun event. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs.
I made a mistake in my critic’s review of the Simon and Garfunkel show at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. I got the names of the two performers turned around. Sean Altman was the older of the two and Jack Skuller the youngster. I apologize for my error!
I have received countless emails of information about Pioneer Days in Milford. Thank you to Susan Reiser of the committee for keeping me on top of things. She and that whole committee are to be commended for all the hard work they have put into planning the three day celebration which begins on Friday, July 23 and ends on Sunday, July 25. They have planned activities for all ages. Due to the pandemic, this annual celebration could not be held last year, so we all are really looking forward to celebrating with the town of Milford this summer.
A well-known and respected area doctor is trading his stethoscope for a golf club, or fishing pole or something. I received a nice letter in the mail the other day from Dr. Tom Kalkhoff with Lakes Regional Family Medicine in Spirit Lake. He said he is retiring as of Sept. 7. I realize after 35 years of taking care of our illnesses and accidental injuries in the Lakes Region, he has earned the right to retire. Not only did he treat us locals but also hundreds of visitors who made trips to the hospital emergency room.
I personally appreciate his dedication and service to us all and hope he enjoys some well-earned leisure time. While we patients have a few weeks to determine to which of the fine staff of physicians we want our records transferred, it is hard to say farewell. I sincerely hope you enjoy your retirement Dr. Tom! We all will miss you at the clinic but wish you the best. You have earned it!
The wonderful Ricky Nelson tune “Garden Party” is ringing in my head today. That is probably because I just found out Terry Klein is hosting a garden party of his own this weekend. He encourages everyone to bring their lawn chairs and beverages to 801 Gary Ave. in Spirit Lake Saturday, July 17. Terry and the musicians in the Lake Patrol Band will set up in his driveway to play some really great tunes from 2-5 p.m. Terry has had parties like this before, and the neighbors join in the fun, even letting music lovers sit on their lawns to enjoy the party. These are all great Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame musicians who like to jam with each other and have missed entertaining for the public the past year. It will be a fun time for everyone!
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 enjoyable week!