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     Anita, Iowa….”We had just enough time after
performing at the World Theater in Kearney, Nebr., to get back home to
Anita, and get the Oak Tree Opry ready for a super show Friday, and it
was a hum-dinger.”  Sheila Everhart is the bass player for the dynamic
Smithsonian duo ‘Bob & Sheila,’ and the theater get-it-ready
person.  “We so enjoyed the World Theater,” she added, “but the show at
the Oak Tree last Friday night was really something.  We told all the
players that we were going to celebrate the 100th birthdays of Roy
Rogers, Dale Evans, Minnie Pearl,Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Jay
Silverheels.  We sure had a good time with the audience with all that
memorabilia and music.  Normally we have a pretty small crowd during
this time period because of the Iowa State Fair, but this year we had a
full house, so we sure do thank everyone that came, and especially the
performers that did such a nice job.  Mark & Sue Jenkins are super
performers, and Sue’s rendition of ‘The Philadelphia Lawyer” was really
good.  That’s a Woody Guthrie song, and she sure made the story come
alive.  Michael Murphy came from Omaha to play some Indian flute music
dedicated to Jay Silverheels, and of course Harriette Andersen was
Minnie Pearl.  It was a great night.  We won’t be having a show now
until Sept. 7th, due to the LeMars Festival (Aug 27-Sept 2) and our
special guest will be Greta Elkin, the Queen of Country Music from
Ireland.  Boy we’re  sure looking forward to that one.”
     “We’re starting to get ready for LeMars,” Bob said,
“and thanks to Arlyn and Rance Lund we have all the sound gear loaded on
a trailer, ready to take it to the ice cream capital of the world. 
We’ll get that done first and then figure out who’s going to do what and
when.  Francis Hahn is already at the fairgrounds, and has called twice
already because there’s campers coming in, which is pretty early. 
We’ve asked some of the good ‘jammers’ to come in early, and that’s
what’s happening already.  The nights are already cool, so they have
some camp-fires burning with some great old-time music already started. 
Don’t forget the big free pot-luck for our volunteers who help set up
the grounds for the festival, that’s on Sunday evening, Aug. 26th at
6pm, and there will be a nice little gospel music show to go along with
it,” Bob added.
     “Well, we didn’t have time for a budget lunch,” Bobbie
Lhea (the Everhart’s daughter) said, but when Chuck Potter brought that
huge group of people down from the Ames area for a show at the Oak
Tree, we also got a nice dinner coupon to eat at the Redwood Steak
House, so we did.  I had a steak, mom had a trout, and dad had some
grouper fish.  It was all terrific, and that gave us a good budget
lunch.  Now we’re looking forward to Culver’s Restaurant at the LeMars
Festival, and those great char-broiled steaks from Ken Wright’s Toby’s
Tailgater food stand. Yum Yum! I can’t wait to try some of the new
‘Baker’s Cookies.”
     “We finally got a day on Michael Martin Murphey too,”
Bob added.  He’s going to be on Thursday with Charlie McCoy, who took
Tom T Hall’s place because his wife Dixie had to go to the hospital.  It
gets kind of difficult working with the older country music artists,
we’re just not as young as we used to be and all sorts of things can
happen.  Lynn Anderson is scheduled for Saturday, and Ed Bruce on
Friday.  Terry Smith is with us all week, and I sure hope you don’t miss
Ted Vigil on Sunday.  He not only looks like John Denver, he sounds
like him.  What a treat for all of us. I’ve always liked John Denver’s
music and his manner.  He was a neat down-home country boy.”

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