Tuesday, February 7, 2017

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

The 14th of February always seemed to be the happiest holiday. It’s all about love and chocolates. When I was young we made our own cards. (Today it is a Hallmark holiday.) We always had to make a card for everyone in the class. The card for Mom and Gramma always was made first. (Is it a female holiday?) If you got a card with a heart drawn on it from a girl or a boy, it meant that he or she liked you.

Neighborhood cards had to be delivered and you tried to get it into their mailbox without anyone seeing you. What fun! I would count those cards a dozen times to be sure that I got one from everyone in the class. (There I go again into the past for pleasant memories.)

Found out that Valentine card sales are down and have been replaced by Texting. I don’t suppose my older generation know how to Text. So I will use this article to tell you all that I love you and have a wonderful day no matter what takes place. I promised no more weather talk but just wanted to say that this coming weekend is supposed to be in the 40’s. Hurray!

Last Tuesday evening at the Chouteau County Performing Arts program, “It’s too marvelous for Words” the 3 man group from California, were given a standing ovation.  I have seen a few ovations in Fort Benton and this one was well deserved.  The narration about Nat King Cole was a history lesson about his life. His life story is a lesson of attitudes toward African Americans in the 30’s and 40’s.

Cole died at an early age, 46, from lung cancer. He was known for having 2 cigarettes in his mouth at a time and he thought that smoking helped his singing voice (NOT). Let this be a WARNING to young people never to start smoking because it is one of the most difficult habits to rid yourself of.

So a wonderful talent was lost and one wonders what would have come to the music world if he had not gone away. What he did leave will never be forgotten as shows like we saw last Tuesday go on.

The T C Power School of Dance production fund raiser on Thursday evening was so delightful. It was a packed house with standing room only and a good time was had by all.

How about those dancing “Dads”? It was a complete surprise for many but that is probably the reason for the audience attendance. They wanted to see the Dad’s act silly which they do not often do. I hope they dance again at the recital in May.

The program was so enjoyable in the way the story line went, the costumes, the acting, and the sound system. I wonder how many hours went into that production.  We saw a little of the Frozen production at the Christmas Concert so we know that they have been practicing long before that.

So a huge thank you to all involved for your precious time and patience. I especially love d watching that little girl for three years now who watches the others to know what to do next. She is just adorable and I’ll bet she will turn out to be a special star someday.

On Saturday morning, I had a reservation for Geraldine’s dinner theater production. However, the matinee was held at 10:00 a.m. and it was called a Breakfast Brunch.

As soon as we were seated coffee, orange juice, and Mimosa’s were served. The play began and after about 15 minutes there was a break.

We were then served a bowl of fruit and on to the next part. Coffee and water were constantly being served. Along came another break, and a very adequate plate of ham, a baked egg serving, and hash browns was placed before us.

In the next time frame the play was ended and bows were taken. There were many thank you to sponsors, actors, actresses, chefs Willing Workers 4H, stage hands, and I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

I have to comment on the stage setting. The entire room looked like the inside of a circus tent.  I would not want to be the one who had to hang the tent to the ceiling in that room. It was a perfect set up and with the sound system playing circus music and sounds of circus animals it was hard not to believe you were not at a circus.

The director, Lila Armstrong, gave the audience a great picture of background stories. We learned firsthand how these Dinner Theatre program are written by Jo Alice Juedeman with each of the actors and actresses in mind. She knew what they were capable of doing.

All in all it was a most enjoyable time. I commend the Geraldine Action Committee. You make your city proud.

 Yes, it has rolled around again. We had a really great selection of homemade pies last month and have no reason to believe it will not be the same this month.  I got my piece of rhubarb pie and it was the last piece left on the plate. I saw the really great cherry/cranberry, pumpkin, lemon margarine, apple, and too many to name.  See you there.

Do you play Pinochle? There is going to be a Pinnacle Party next Monday the 13th at 1:00 p.m. There will be treats and prizes and a good time will be had by all.

If you plan to attend please call Karla at 622-5443 so she can know how many to plan for.

The Scam people are on the move again. I saw a report on the evening news last week. It starts with a phone call and then goes to the computer. They want your credit card number. NEVER, NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE. The report said that you should call your provider to report the incident. If they get into your computer with that information, they get all your personal information. (I’m glad my computer hates me. If anyone got into my computer they would be so confused they would get out a.s.a.p.)

Hey Folks, why isn’t the roof of the auditorium coming off from loud singing of the National Anthem? If no one is singing with the band, then the audience should be singing. You don’t know the words? You don’t think you have a good enough voice? You just don’t sing because no one else does? What possible reason is good enough for you not to be proud to sing your countries National song?

This brings me to another subject that I have mentioned before. “CLAP FOR THE BAND.” You clap for the team, and the cheerleaders. I would like to hear it for the band. They work just as hard and put in as many hours as everyone else. They deserve some applause. Let’s hear it at the next game.