It was a very busy weekend and I have some great pictures to show.
Saturday afternoon, I got some pictures of the “Fill the Pantry” concert in the Perfection Auto Repair parking lot. The band that was playing sounded great and there was a good crowd. It is very encouraging to see these new events popping up and allowing young bands an outlet.
Friday night, our young family group from church tried to hold a picnic at Rhylander Pavilion until within 15 minutes it was completely grey, windy, and the temperature dropped. We packed all the food, kids, and supplies and went back to our church where we enjoyed a nice indoor picnic!
Sunday afternoon was the kickoff of The Big Read for the library at Rhylander Park. The weather this time was perfect! Thanks to Mayor Paul Lambert, the Friends of the Plattsmouth Library, the Library Board, and Pattijo Peterson for helping to make it a fun afternoon in “Our Town.” Several characters from the production of the play were in attendance as well. We played croquet, badminton, drank lemonade, and ate popcorn. We gave out copies of both books and just had a good time. For copies of “Our Town” and “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” stop by the library and also get a schedule of the upcoming events.
“Cruizing Main” is Friday night, October 2, showcasing our downtown and the hundreds of classic cars that arrive to line the streets. It is one of my favorite nights in downtown, the weather is always good and getting to see everyone walking around. While you are out, stop by the library for the free dance lessons in Victorian line dancing as part of the Big Read.
In addition to the production of “Our Town” in October 23, 24, and 25th at the Library, I received this email from the Lofte for their next production. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Manley, NE September 24, 2009 - Grandpa's passed away and it's time to read the will! The Lofte Community Theatre opens the hilarious comedy, "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect" on October 9.
The fast-paced farce, written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore revolves around the two "black sheep" of the wealthy Buckle family. Two bumbling brothers fell out of their grandfather's favor several years ago, and know they don't have a chance at receiving any money. But, due to a string of unfortunate bets at the track, they're in debt to a low-rent loan shark. In their desperation, the brothers cook up a scheme to have one of them pose as their grandfather's favorite, a female cousin who happens to be a nun! A cast of colorful characters including a wine-swilling maid and a rookie lawyer add to the mayhem. Director Kevin Colbert suggests a PG-13 rating for the production, and advises that some situations may not be suitable for very young children.
Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water plays the scheming brother, Tom, who has all the answers. Have you ever seen a nun with five o'clock shadow? A Lofte favorite, Jamion Biesterfeld of Louisville will spend half his time as brother Billy and the other half as the fictitious "Sister Fernando." Other cast members include Anne Pope and Christina Tipken of Eagle, Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Dave Hibler and Kevin Holdorf of Manley,
Performance dates are Oct 9-11, 16-18 and 22-25. Curtain times are Thursday-Sautrday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $16 and may be purchased by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or online at www.Lofte.com
I also received this notice in my email and thought it sounded like a good opportunity and so am passing it along.
Speaking of Tourism
Inspiring speakers at Nebraska’s Travel and Tourism Conference, Oct 20-22
LINCOLN, NEB. (Sept. 24, 2009)—Listening to speakers is a huge part of any professional development conference, and the 2009 Nebraska Travel and Tourism conference, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division is no exception. This year’s slate of speakers should prove to be, interesting, pertinent, and timely.
Roger Brooks, a founding member of Destination Development, Inc., will give the keynote speech Wednesday, Oct. 21. His talk, “The New Age of Tourism: Is it working for you?” will give delegates a chance to hear from one of the country’s most recognized experts in tourism, consumer trends, marketing and project development. Brooks has worked in tourism and economic development for more than 25 years, and co-authored the book “Your Town a Destination – The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism.” His dynamic approach and tell-it-like-it-is style have made him a very popular public speaker, and he’s well known for his step by step instruction in helping communities make something happen. He has recruited more than $2.8 billion in new tourism development projects to rural communities and resorts.
Other speakers that day include Pamela Lainer, of Lainer Publishing, who will speak on “Passionate Marketing”; Jeanne Baer, of Creative Training Solutions, who will speak on “The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: Tough Customers”; and Rene Welti, of America Live Ads and ECHO Encounters, who will speak on “Turning Green into Nebraska Gold.” Delegates will have the chance to hear two of these three speakers during concurrent breakout sessions.
On Thursday, Oct.22, the focus changes to hospitality, service and social media. A meet the media panel will include Omaha World-Herald reporter David Hendee, Kansas City-based freelance travel writer Diana Lambdin-Meyer and Nebraska TV producer Brandy Klingelhoefer, from Kearney. Connie Francis, extension educator from the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative will speak about “Red Carpet Service Online,” and Steve Schmader, of the International Festivals and Events Association, will speak on “The Making of a Festival.” A social media panel will include Caleb Pollard, executive director at Valley County Economic Development Board/Ord Area Chamber of Commerce; Steph Romanski from the Grand Island Independent; and Dawn Ream from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
Whether your customer is a Nebraska resident looking for a fun, affordable vacation destination close to home, or an international traveler wanting to live the Nebraska cowboy life for a few days, there is something for you – something worth learning – at the Nebraska Travel & Tourism Conference. Online registration and a full schedule of events are available now at www.visitnebraska.org/industry under the “conferences” tab.
Have a great week and enjoy this fabulous fall weather!