I finally had the chance to enjoy the Dick Bauman Big Band Monday evening at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. They play every Monday evening through Labor Day, so there are only two more weeks to enjoy them. A tip of the hat goes to Greg Forney for putting this band together and all the work involved in choosing the play list, etc. This is a fine group of musicians from all over the area including LeMars, Storm Lake, Spencer and Worthington, Minnesota, to name a few. They seem to enjoy playing together and they are really good at it.
While at the concert/dance I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy Batman. A retired music teacher, she was very appreciative of the fine music. I learned from her about her husband’s friendship with Stan Kenton. That personal story very much added to my enjoyment of the Stan Kenton music the band was playing.
Good news for us all! The men at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford are going to start selling their scrumptious apple pies this weekend. I missed that delectable treat last year due to the pandemic. These guys peel all those freshly picked apples and put the ingredients together in a tasty piecrust. All we have to do is put that pie in the oven or in the freezer for later this winter. I love the convenience of the curbside pickup too. I can swing by any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday or Saturday for the next few weeks. This tradition is one of the advantages we have living in the small town atmosphere of the Iowa Great Lakes Region.
My friend Connie Valens of Spirit Lake is excited to have her sister and brother-in-law Irma and Randy Norton coming from California for a visit next week. The Nortons will be here to see Connie accept a Spirit Award from the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. The honor recognizes all the things Connie has done here in Iowa to keep rock and roll music alive and going strong. Connie and Irma are sisters of the late entertainer Ritchie Valens, so their family has dedicated much of their lives to the music and his legacy. As you can see by the photo of the two of us, she looks somewhat like her brother. Congratulations to Connie on her honor! She has earned it.
We all were so deprived of socializing and experiencing live entertainment of any kind for about a year that some of our proper conduct in public places has gone by the wayside. I have had the opportunity to work or attend many musical and theatrical events this summer and am dismayed at the lack of courtesy that has arisen from our forced solitary lifestyle of the past year.
I want to take this time to discuss some basic rules of decency when any of us are at a concert/dance or theatrical production.
First and foremost, don’t visit with your neighbor during the action on stage. I know we are all so glad to see each other and catch up on things. However everyone around us paid good money to see and hear the entertainers. That is rather difficult when you are talking and, I might add, talking loudly to be heard over the music. Button up until there is a break in the action on stage!
Second, the dance floor is not the place to visit either. People are wanting to get their exercise and move to the music. When three or four people stop to chat for a while on the dance floor, it disrupts the flow for those who are dancing. Go find a hallway in which to do your visiting.
Third, turn the ringers off on your cell phones and don’t use them. In a darkened theatre or concert area, don’t spend time on your cell phone checking emails, texting, etc. The light from that phone reflects back into the eyes of those seated around you. The area has been darkened for a reason. Quit lighting it up!
Thank you everyone for letting me vent! It is time we bring back courtesy and respect for others.
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!