As I was making applesauce this year with my father I was once again reminded of the lessons I’ve learned from apples! An apple grows at the end of the limb and hangs on by a stem.
At a recent concert, someone asked me what time do I get to the building for a 7 pm show? 6 pm? UH, nope, far from it!
For a typical concert with a band of 3 to 6 members, the band will arrive mid-afternoon. The more people in the band, the longer it takes, so the earlier they arrive. So, for this example we will say there are 5 people and they are arriving at 3 pm. Upon arrival at the opera house, the team lead will take a general tour with our tech Andrew or myself. ....
During the California gold rush of 1849, people were hoping to strike it rich! They went into the mountains, started digging, hoping to find gold in ‘dem hills! Those without maps, studied the land and followed rivers, hoping. But if you had a plan, a process, a map, some ingenuity, discipline, and commitment you could reap the benefits of your labors
SURPRISE - I was taken by surprise when looking out the kitchen window and saw a Cooper’s Hawk near our birdfeeder. The weird part was our Siamese cat was sitting on the porch meowing to get in the house. The hawk was aware of the cat, but not disturbed by the situation! So as 2021 comes to an end, our Board of Directors are aware of the cancelled rentals and concerts, but .......
In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest states that his momma once told him “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!” As the pandemic unfolds, the opera house has encountered some good and not-so-good experiences, just like picking a chocolate. Will it be nutty, fruity, creamy, dark or milk chocolate? Forrest found himself in some unique situations with unexpected challenges – a lot like covid. That box of chocolates is a gift to be savored!
Executive Director since 2012; Bachelors in Music Education; Master's in Education; 2023 Iowan of the Day by Blue Ribbon Foundation; 2023 Iowa Governor's Volunteer of the Year; enjoys smiles and people!