Looks like it's going to be a beautiful evening --- high near 80, clear skies, good breeze --- so join us for a highly melodramatic --- and free --- old-fashioned ice cream social this (Tuesday) evening on the Lucas County Historical Society museum campus, 123 North 17th Street, in Chariton.
All buildings, as well as the gardens, will open for tours at 5:30 p.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. If you've not yet visited the gardens this year --- they're looking wonderful.
Free ice cream will be served in the south end of the Pioneer Barn from 6 until 7 p.m.
And then at 7 p.m., the curtain will rise (or barn door will slide open) on an old-fashioned one-act melodrama, "The Old Cookie Shop," presented by members of the Chariton Valley Players. Plenty of seating will be available on the patio.
Kay and I were able to take in part of the dress rehearsal Monday evening --- and guarantee that this is a really talented (and funny) group of actors --- making a "spectacle" of themselves. You'll have to attend to see how the old "spectacle" joke fits into the drama.
Everything is free --- but you will be able to make a free-will donation to benefit the players who do a good deal to enliven life in Lucas County year around.
On Monday, the museum hosted a day-long central region meeting of the Iowa Museum Association's Small Museum Group --- about 20 representatives from volunteer-driven museums similar to our own.
We spent the morning in general discussion about the triumphs and trials of Iowa's smaller local history museums with SMUG chair Saundra Leininger, director of Corning's French Icarian Village, in charge.
After lunch in the Pioneer Barn, we regrouped to hear a tourism-related presentation by Mark Eckman, director of the Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau.