First it rained (buckets) and then the wind blew (hard) and finally it just drizzled for a while --- but backed by contingency plans, the Lucas County Historical Society's ice cream social came off as planned.
The sun was beginning to peek through by 5:30 p.m. and there was a cool breeze, so we ended up serving about 70 people --- down from dryer years, but still a good turnout. Thanks for coming! And thanks to everyone who worked so hard to set up and serve.
The Chariton Valley Players did a terrific job of entertaining us. Usually, they perform on the patio, but this seemed impractical at 4 p.m. when it still was raining, so we set up plenty of chairs around a staging area in the Pioneer Barn and that worked fine. Fortunately is was fairly cool.
The cast was made up of (from left) Avery Zern, Matt Rebol, Sara Allison, Mary Katherine Laird, Tony Irving and Karin Zern.
They were performing an original two-act play by Matt depicting what happened back in September of 1849 when three commissioners (and a jug or two of whiskey) decided upon the location of Lucas County's seat --- first Polk and then Chariton --- and then squabbled among themselves and with Buck Townsend and James Roland about exactly what it should be called.
It was a great little play and I hope the players can figure out how to perform it again some time. It's not every Iowa county that has its own two-act play.
Our next big event will be the harvest festival on Oct. 1, but between now and then the museum is open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.