What a weekend. On Friday I played as a member of the Flat Rock Irregulars for a Hooley at the Espresso Shoppe. The Hooley, a boisterous Irish part was a benefit for Eileen Dempsey. Organizers of the Hooley seemed please with the turn out. A great show of support for Eileen from the community. This was our first performance as Flat Rock Irregulars and our performance received rave reviews. We hope to play at Open Mic and even at the Farmer’s Market. Watch for coming performances. It was a good day—as Stu Flat Rock Irregulars’ lead guitarist, says, “Sing on.”
On Saturday I joined in my first every Nebraskaland Days’ Parade. I’ve watched many of the parades but this was my first parade as a participant. Chautauqua North Plate 2010 entered a float in the parade. We had a great time dressed in 1930’s clothes, passing out invitations to people in the crowd all the while listening to Shermie play music from the ‘30s. The weather was just about right for a parade—cloudy and cool. The crowd enjoyed Shermie’s music and often joined in singing many of the familiar songs. It was a long day but rewarding. I am excited about Chautauqua coming to North Platte’s Cody Park on June 23—27, 2010. Watch for the big tent in Coy Park. Visit the Chautauqua web site for information about this unique event.
Chautauqua will feather: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Aimee Semple McPherson, Huey Long, Zora Neale Hurston, and Will Rogers. Talking with my Dad today, on Father’s day, he had fond memories of Will Rogers. Dad remembered hearing about the death of Will Rogers during a trip with aviator Wiley Post. I appreciated the opportunity to hear Dad tell those stories.
See a picture of our float when you click the more button or see all the pictures Imo and I took yesterday here.