CBS Sunday Morning’s Mo Rocca brought us up to date on an entertainer who has been one of our favorites for five or six decades. Marilyn Maye is 93 years old and still doing live shows. He interviewed her about the pandemic and not being able to perform for a live audience. Marilyn was frank about how hard that was for her and other entertainers. They also showed a clip of her last show at The New Inn before it was torn down a few years back. Rocca had been here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region for that show. The interview aired last Sunday morning.
Marilyn will be back here this summer to do two shows at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 10-11 she will sing and dance on the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre stage once again. She will also spend some time visiting with the close friends she has cherished for so many years.
I am so looking forward to seeing her again. Her voice is still as strong as ever, and she can still kick her leg as high as her head! I do not know if there are any tickets left for her show. Check with the PLAC box office.
A sure sign that mid-summer is here is the arrival of ‘Tim the Sweet Corn Man.’ He set up his usual sweet corn truck on the lot of the old Methodist Church this week for the first time this year. He comes over with sweet corn picked fresh each day from his farm near Graettinger; usually arriving between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Welcome back Tim!
Congratulations to Tim Kinnetz on being chosen Grand Marshall of the Milford Pioneer Days celebration this weekend! I had the pleasure of watching the Milford native grow up as he graduated from high school with one of my sons. A paramedic, he later founded Grape Tree Medical Staffing and several other businesses that employ many area residents and bring products and services to residents and visitors alike. Tim is a very humble person and has been very quiet about this honor. I look forward to seeing him waving to the crowd at the parade Saturday, even though I know that is not something he is comfortable doing. The parade starts at 11 a.m. I have the honor of announcing the parade this year from the corner of Hwy. 71 and 10th Street – right in the middle of the downtown area. Stop by to say hello and help me give a big shout out to Grand Marshall Kinnetz.
Quite a few musicians gathered at the home of Terry Klein last Saturday afternoon. He asked a few of his musically talented friends to help him put on a concert in his driveway. Joining him at the microphones were: Tim Horsman, Mick Buckley, Jerry Jones, Joe Cuttell and Chuck Cehlar. In the audience we found Al Klein from Minnesota. He was persuaded to sit in at the drums and also sing for us. I was glad to see Dennis Johnson stop by. He lives in Des Moines but was back here for a class reunion. Dennis was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame with the Dentairs and also played in the Lake Patrol Band for several years.
A large crowd graced the lawns of Terry’s neighbors as well as the street. Some of us were brave enough to sit in the street. Terry had attended the Spirit Lake City Council meeting and obtained permission to close the street off for that one block in front of his driveway. However, the city street staff never showed up to block it off. Thank you to all the neighbors or visitors using that street for being so careful as they passed by. It was a fun afternoon.
Rich Nicklay contacted me this week, excited that the Okoboji Summer Theatre Association, of which he is a member, is one of the sponsors for this week’s play called “Clue: On Stage.” He told me the association does several things to help Stephens College give their students an educational and exciting summer semester here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. They have a couple of parties to let the students mingle with their fans, provide scholarships to theatre students, help with ushering duties during musicals with large casts, etc. I am a member of the OST Association myself and would encourage people to join this helpful organization. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Other sponsors for this week’s show include: Kemna Cadillac, Phyllis and Jim Currell, Timothy and Randolph Arand-McIlrath and the Sackett Family.
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!