Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.
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ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa -- The Roof Garden ballroom was among the first inductees in 1997 into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997. This is the information that appears on the IRRMA Web site: Probably no other single ballroom in Iowa rock music conjures up more memories than the Roof Garden. Many youths cut their first dance steps at the Roof while on summer vacation. The Roof Garden opened for operation on June 23, 1923, under the ownership of Dr. A.L.
MILFORD, Iowa -- Emil Richter uses a colorful analogy to describe the scene at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, Iowa, during its heyday. "It was like a half-ton truck carrying a ton of canaries," he said. "Half of them had to be flying." That was about 40 years ago, during the 1960s, when the Roof Garden was the venue for many well-known and up-and-coming names in rock 'n roll, including the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, The Ronettes, Tommy James and The Shondells and many others. Emil was a young man, just getting started in business.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington have become very familiar with images of hands in recent weeks. Their pastor, the Rev. Jim Krapf, has encouraged them to look more closely at their own hands and contemplate the hands of Jesus throughout this Lenten season in a series of sermons called "Hands of Lent." "Lent is a time of self-examination, and we've been looking at how we use our hands and how we see the hands of Jesus being used as our model," he explained.
VENICE, Calif. -- More than two years ago, Lynn Hanson was broached about opening her Venice residence for a feature in Cottage Living magazine. Although she had some qualms, Lynn acquiesced, and the magazine sent a team to photograph her home, inside and out, for two days in the spring of 2004. "Then I never heard from them," she explained. "They interviewed me from Birmingham (Alabama) over the telephone.
SIOUX VALLEY --Each year prior to Christmas, Sioux Valley Lutheran High School presents a live Nativity to stress the significance of the biblical Christmas story. When organizers decided they wanted to do something similar for the Easter season, they came up with the concept of the Holy Week Festival of Scripture and Church Music. "This worship service focuses on the events and happenings of the first Holy Week in scripture and music," explained the Rev.
WORTHINGTON -- Comedies draw larger audiences. That was one of the motivating factors in choosing "Said the Spider to the Spy," a comic farce by Fred Carmichael, for the latest theatrical offering from Grassroots Community Theater and the Minnesota West Theater Department. The play also features a slightly larger cast -- nine principal players -- than some other recent productions, according to director Mary Jane Mardesen. "This had sort of generic ages -- they could be older, they could be younger -- so we could use students and community members," she said.
WORTHINGTON -- Paul Swanson didn't have any trouble selecting his entries for this year's Area Art Show at the Nobles County Art Center. "After seeing my body of work, it was clear it was these three," he said, referring to a pen-and-ink drawing, a mixed media painting and an oil painting that were ready to be hung in the art center gallery. The annual Area Art Show serves as venue for area artists to showcase works in a variety of artistic mediums.
WORTHINGTON -- Cyril "Cy" Welter is a man of few words. It's obvious from even a brief conversation that he'd rather do something than talk about it. Perhaps that's what makes Welter an asset to local organizations such as the American Legion, RSVP and Senior Dining. Welter's recent announcement that he is moving to Pipestone left such groups lamenting the loss of a stalwart volunteer. But a move to Pipestone is really a return home for Welter. He was born in Pipestone County and grew up in Woodstock, where his dad was a businessman.
WORTHINGTON -- Angel Dean is an up-and-coming artist in the world of Christian music. But he was also once a confused and troubled youth, and he wants to make sure that God's message of love and grace comes through loud and clear in his music ministry, so he can reach those who might be in a similar situation. "I began my music ministry with the desire to relate to troubled youths and give them the same hope and love I have received," he said in his biography at www.angeldean.com .
Spring hasn't exactly sprung in our part of the world, although there are signs that it can't be far away ... The growing flocks of waterfowl on area lakes ... Residents' increasing lack of tolerance for the occasional snowy, blustery day ... And the appearance of new fashions in local clothing stores. And what fashions they are this season. Local retailers are definitely enthusiastic about what they have to offer and with good reason. There are styles to cater to a wide variety of tastes, personal preferences and body types this season.