Tuesday, September 9, 2014

View From The Bridge 9/10/14

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

Chouteau County Performing Arts checked with me about the first concert that will be held Saturday, October 28th and is a Pub Night at the Ag Center. I reported it as in November, so show up on the 28th of October and not in November. David Bennett and the Memphis Boys will be rockin’ and rollin’ with a tribute to the 50’s. David is a thumpin’ piano player and vocalist.  You do not want to miss this one.

The Golden Age Senior Center informed me that Pie Day has been changed. I did not know that at the time I reminded you readers.  It will be, again, on the 2nd Friday of the month instead of the 3rd Friday. Because of the special Tuesday night 5:00 p.m. dinner the 3rd Tuesday, they did not want two events in the same week. That means that Pie Day will be September 12th and that is two days after you pick up your River Press this week. See you there to support those wonderful pie bakers.

We are so fortunate to have the C.C.P.A. committee that we have. They arrange for us such sterling performers. I have said it before and I say it again. You cannot get one of the shows presented to Fort Benton for $40.00. What you get are 8 shows for $40.00. My goal has always been to have that auditorium filled to capacity. You say that you do not have a ride, you do not want to go out at night, or you are too busy.  I cannot help you with the busy part, (we are all busy,) but I will try to get a ride for you. Trust me, it is worth 2 hours of you time eight times a year. An added bonus is the treats from the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. You do not get free treats at Broadway shows, but you have the quality entertainment.

Come on Alumni. Buy a newly upholstered seat in the most beautiful auditorium in the area. I still get requests from my high school for support every year. They do use the money for scholarships so consider the $150.00 as spread over the years since you graduated to a great project. It needed to be done and now that it is, your help would be greatly appreciated. Remember too, that the plaque with your name on it will be looked at by your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

It was wonderful last week with the temperatures somewhat cooler than had been a bit uncomfortably hot, especially if you did not have air conditioning. The sad part is that there is a tree in the Old Fort Park, on Main Street side, that has turned yellow. Other trees beside it also have many yellow. We know it is fall like because it is dark by 8:00 p.m. or close to it. Official fall season is just two weeks away but I am looking forward to Indian summer. Do you think that we will go directly from summer into winter as we went from winter into summer? We missed spring completely. Oh well! We can just talk about the weather but can do nothing about it.

The “Wear Red on Fridays” appreciates the success of this program. The total of shirts sold numbers almost 300. There are 13 shirts left and can be purchased by calling Diane Jones at406-270-7021. Now the goal is to get those 300 shirts to be a sea of red around town. And not to forget it is Friday. One woman told me that she never had to think about what to wear on Fridays.

Now that I am back to senior strength and balance exercise class, I do not have to think about what to wear on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class has shirts with T.C. Powerhouse on them.

I was very pleased to hear about an elementary school boy who wears his shirt proudly to school on Fridays. I do not know who he is but I wonder if he has someone near and dear in the armed forces. (Perhaps this young man can, “Make a Difference,” by getting the school kids to wear red on Fridays. (Fort Benton shirts count if they are Longhorn colors.)

Another story told to me was about a Fort Benton woman who was in Great Falls. She was wearing her “Support the Troops” shirt when a man came up to her and said, “thank you for wearing that shirt.” He probably served in the Vietnam War. That made her day.

Please remember that this is not my program. It is nation-wide and was started many years ago.  Their motto is “We live in the land of the free, only because of the brave.”

Today is the 8th and I am off soon for the J.V. football game. I have so many stories to tell you but the game is a priority. I hope to see you there just because you like football and to cheer for those kids who are doing the best that they can. I don’t know yet if I should call them Shorthorns or just J.V. Longhorns. The latter would be good because I do not yet have the words to the Shorthorns song.