A family reunion took place this month that brought people together from Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of George and Betty Banning gathered together for the first time since July of 2003.
Daughter Melanie Campbell sent me the photo. As you can see, the family used color-coding in the t-shirts. The Banning kids and spouses wore red shirts. The grandchildren wore white and the great-grands wore blue.
Melanie’s grandchildren are the sixth generation of full time Okoboji residents. What a neat history the Banning family has. Betty Banning passed away in November of 2003 and George in December of 2007. Now sisters Marcia and husband Gary Lundberg are next door neighbors to Melanie and her husband Tim Campbell. They all reside on property in Francis Sites bought by Betty and George back in 1963.
I salute the Banning family and all other families who make the effort to get together after the matriarchs have passed away.
The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is trying something new Friday night. They will present a Boat-in Rock the Park concert. Rock a la Carte will play on the Preservation Plaza patio with the loudspeakers directed toward the lake so boaters can hear the music very well. There will be dancing and lounging around the patio as well. The concert runs from 7-9 p.m. On hot evenings like these this week, sitting in a boat listening to music is not a bad idea.
I also heard from Rich Nicklay this week. He is the director of the Northwest Iowa Concert Band. They are going to play a concert in the Majestic Pavilion Sunday afternoon Aug. 1. He told me they had not played together since February of 2020 due to the pandemic and are really excited to get to play together again. This is the 29th year the Northwest Iowa Concert Band has played in the park. That is a remarkable piece of history that is the envy of many musicians.
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 enjoyable week!