How ‘Bout Some Nice Music?

Well, since I did promise music in Volleyblog, some time past.  Regarding the title poster, here’s what I e-mailed at the time:   And I give it two thumbs up!  Ruthie & I went last night (September 28).  Big time production play, beginning with Quincy Roers set – three tiers high!  I can’t recall any other play I’ve seen in Alex that had the such a terrific combination of acting, singing, choreography, costumes, lighting . . .  I thought the singing was particularly impressive, especially from the three main characters of Mary Lennox (Bailey Myrin) and the Craven brothers (David Allen Christman and Tim Long).  Even the kids were good (?).  😉  And major kudos have to go to Ben Klipfel, executive director, in what I believe was his directorial debut at AAAA.  I hope you were able to catch it, too?

[On the 27th, Funky Gumbo Trio performed at SAWA.]

We were late arriving at SAWA – a meeting, then volleyball.  Funky Gumbo was playing.  We did not know until we got there that it was Mike Gill’s last performance with the group – he is going to grad school, majoring in saxophone, at either Kentucky or Northern Colorado.  He has been with the group for 3 1/2 years.  They finished the show with Mike’s “signature” song, Sweet Home, Chicago, a 10-minute version that blew us away. Ruthie has always been a big fan!   😉  Unfortunately, my camera decided it wasn’t going to be in focus (?), so it’s like looking at them play under water – but the sound is OK.

The other saxophonist, Paul Meland, is in the high school band, and he had just played earlier at . . . the volleyball game.  I’m sure group leader, founder, and drummer, Bill Engebretson, will fill us in on the names of the other group members.  😉

The supervisor’s favorite song with Mike’s lead:

“Sweet Home Chicago”:’s

[The proprietor will miss Mike.]

[The supervisor is a BIG fan!!  😉 ]

On the 4th, a one-man oompah band was on hand for Octoberfest for members at the maritime museum:

[The outdoor landscaping is really taking shape.]

[Inside everything is looking really . . . crisp?]

[The party room.]

[“Dangerous” Dan ladled out sauer kraut and words to live by!  😉 ]

[With brats, potato salad, and St. Pauli Girl dark, what’s not to like?  🙂 ]

On the 9th, Broadway Ballroom hosted the chili cook-off for United Way.  “Hair on fire,” or words to that effect, took away my taste buds on the first sampling:

[Chili presenters, and there were about 40 of them, were often in costumes of the season.  The supervisor, of course, mostly enjoyed the silent auction items.]

[Drat, trumped by the professional fourth estate!]

Uncle Willie’s Gut Bucket Blues Band performed for SAWA’s favorite patrons that evening:

[Terry Kennedy, retired orthopedic surgeon and now guitar maker; Erik Schultz, banker; Al Lieffort, park superintendent for Douglas County.]

“Wang Dang Doodle”: 

“Me and the Devil Blues”:

[A lovely new Jewett Benson rendition hangs on the wall left.  An Uncle Willie fan resides at the table.]


[Allegedly other Uncle Willie Fans.]

“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”:

[Da boyz.]

Blog contributor, Sue Elliot, submitted the following Patchouli videos from a recent performance in Red Wing:

“My Train”:

“The Puzzle”:

“Anything is Possible”:

“Sing to Me”:

“The Labyrinth”:

[Bruce Hecksel (photos by Sue Elliot)]

A late addition to this column:  On October 11, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, surely the coolest name in music since the Osmond Brothers, performed at the Phoenix Event Center.  As not yet a close personal friend of the Rev, I did not ask for video rights.  Besides, there were always dancers in my line of sight!  🙂

[The Altar Boys disguised as an empty stage.]

[Oh, there they are!]

In the absence of a personal video, I borrowed one from YouTube.  They’re great fun.  However, you will note they did not have a sax player with them – he (in the video) has since retired.  I do not know if they are looking for a replacement:

[Rev likes to wander through his audience while he’s playing.]

[Notorious locals whose panel truck is stationed for a speedy getaway.]

[Still wandering – well-known retired teachers, who are related to each other, seated on the right.]

[Now rising to the heights of a chair!]

[Class of 65er almost hidden in the mood lighting.]

[Dancin’, yeah!!!  The Rev and the Boys threw us off our regularly scheduled date night agenda.  It’s what can happen in Vacationland USA.  We missed the volleyball game, Emergency Stop at SAWA, and the VP debate.  One can only do so much.]

[Contributed by the HQ!  🙂 ]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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