Everyone's invited to join us this coming Thursday on the Lucas County Historical Society Museum campus for an old-fashioned ice cream social that will feature live music, free ice cream, museum tours and, as the name suggests, time to socialize. If the long-range forecast holds, highs that evening are expected to be in the cooler 80s --- and it should be dry (although who would complain about rain between now and then?).
I'm really looking forward to this year's music, to be performed by a trio from the Lacona area. Sharon Seuferer (left above) and Carol Oliver (right) are widely known both as musicians and as proprietors of White Breast Pottery & Weaving. They will be joined by their friend, Craig Wright.
This photo here was taken last fall during the annual Farm Crawl --- at White Breast Pottery. I have another photo in hand --- taken last week by Wanda Horn when the trio performed at the Chariton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. It includes Craig, but that's reserved for use with publicity that will originate at the museum.
As you can kind of tell from the photo, Sharon performs as a one-woman band, playing harmonica, acoustic guitar and (with her feet) electric bass. Carol generally plays keyboard, but is proficient on a number of instruments, including accordion. Craig will be featured on hammered dulcimer. They're a great group to listen to --- and to watch.
All buildings on the museum campus --- Stephens House, Lewis Building, Otterbein Church, Puckerbrush School, Pioneer Log Cabin, barn and blacksmith shop --- will open to guests at 6 p.m. We'll begin serving ice cream and ice water in the barn at about 6:30 p.m. and the music will begin on the adjacent patio in the neighborhood of 7 p.m.
Also that evening, we'll host beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Otterbein Church the quarterly meeting of the Lucas County Nonprofit Roundtable. This is a regular gathering of representatives from Lucas County nonprofit organizations who get together to compare notes, learn about funding opportunities, talk about scheduling and strategize. In addition, there will be a brief program on Iowa's REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) program. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this program, too.
The museum's Puckerbrush School benefitted last year from a REAP-funded Country School grant (administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa) that aided in roof replacement. We've received another grant this year that will help us deal with foundation issues.