Summer is winding down and school will be starting soon. It doesn’t seem possible since this summer season has been flying by. I am sure part of that is because we couldn’t do much of anything last summer so we crammed as much into the Summer of 2021 as possible.
There are still a lot of great things happening here in the next few weeks. Art in the Park is Saturday. That is always such a fun event on Preservation Plaza. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Thank you to the Pearson Lakes Art Center for putting this on each year. I look forward to browsing from tent to tent, vendor to vendor to see what artsy things I might want to take home. I usually find one or two treasures each year. I usually get some Christmas shopping done there too.
The art center is having its annual Dave Rowley & Friends night next Tuesday evening. Dave’s musician friends get together every August and entertain us with fun music.
National acts like the Grass Roots, the Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Bob Thornton and Head East will all perform here at the Roof Garden before Labor Day.
I had a delightful evening seeing Hotel California this past week. They did an outstanding how at the art center. I found out they are going to be in the area again to do a show at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg on Labor Day weekend. It is to be a free, outdoor concert on that Saturday night.
I am happy to report the “Sunday Night Gang” broke their attendance record this past Sunday. A group of friends from Spencer, Arnolds Park, Okoboji, Spirit Lake and Mankato, Minnesota, get together each Sunday evening at the Taco House. Usually some of them have to miss due to family or other obligations. But they had 14 in attendance this past weekend so I promised them I would mention that milestone in this column.
Spencer Area Arts Coalition (SPARC) is going to bring back their concert series. Rolf Mosbro, of the SPARC board, contacted me to say their first concert takes place on Aug. 27 at the Spencer Community Theatre. The Ulysses String Quartet will be performing. These outstanding instrumentalists were appointed Lisa Arnhold Fellows of the Julliard School of Music and have won numerous music competitions and awards. I have seen two of them before when they were in Spencer to perform with Shattered Glass. I was glad to learn SPARC is back with a season of music. We missed that in 2020.
Mick Noteboom, Jr. from Champaign, Illinois, had a brief, two-day get together with his kids here in Okoboji last weekend. His daughter and her husband live in Sioux City but the other three kids (young adults now) came from Illinois. Mick Sr. and his wife Karleen live in Davenport now but were Milford residents for decades. He was the major planner behind the revitalization of downtown Milford several years back. Mick Jr.’s gang made a stop to visit the family patriarch on their journey here.
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!