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A Pause in Activities in Siouxland, Grandview Park, Sioux City

17 May

A stormy looking day creates contrast in Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The current pandemic, COVID-19 or the coronavirus as some prefer, has caused many people and places to hit the pause button here in Siouxland. For many activities. And like elsewhere, as various political bodies and people decide what time is right for folk to plunge back into “normalcy”, there will be many missing local events. Already high school graduations are being posted online and not held at the various schools with throngs of parents and friends cheering as students cross the finish line, er stage. It seems since May is already here, there will be few Memorial Day celebrations throughout the Siouxland region.

Fans enjoy the performance of The Dirty Heads playing at the 23rd annual Saturday in the Park music festival in Sioux City, Iowa, July 6, 2013.

A couple events I will miss seeing happen in Grandview Park in Sioux City. The Sioux City Municipal Band playing consecutive Sunday evening concerts and the perennial Saturday in the Park music festival. Both are free to those attending. SITP draws people from all over, as big name entertainers perform along with up and comers.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE performs during the 23rd annual Saturday in the Park music festival in Sioux City, Iowa, July 6, 2013.

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE performs during the 23rd annual Saturday in the Park music festival in Sioux City, Iowa, July 6, 2013.

The park’s bandshell was built during the depression years by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has hosted many events. On a pleasant summer’s eve it is a nice place to sit and relax, even with a few hundred of your rowdy friends, depending on the program.

A family enjoys the Sioux City Municipal band as it plays a medley of songs at the Bandshell in Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday July 5, 2015. (Photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

But keeping one’s distance at these events would be impossible, no almost about it.

The Sioux City Municipal band plays a medley of patriotic songs at the Bandshell in Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday July 5, 2015. (Photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

And so the park will sit quiet for a few months. No music to enliven its environs or bring smiles and memories to those attending. It’s hard to imagine outdoor or indoor concerts happening any time soon. Outdoor would be safer, but there just isn’t enough space.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A quiet, tempest looking day in Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Summer Concerts in the Park in Siouxland, Sioux City Municipal Band

13 Aug

Summer is that season everywhere and here in Siouxland as well when all want a chance to relax and enjoy local festivities and other forms of entertainment. The local Sioux City Municipal Band has been playing summer concerts for a number of years. It’s a free event and people can bring lawn chairs, pack a snack or summer and sit back and enjoy the sounds which can include patriotic tunes, show tunes, movie tunes and classical tunes. Although I am sure music aficionados would not refer to the music as tunes.

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The musicians themselves spend the time to practice and then play these summer evenings which occasionally can include thunderstorms and most likely hot and humid nights towards the end of July. But they persevere as well as perspire like the rest of us, they just don’t show it. But it’s a nice event for local residents and those visiting family over the summer months. The 8-week long series varies with the music selection year to year. But their performance never varies, always enjoyable.

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Something residents can look forward too again next year now that the last performance has come and gone and as parent’s thoughts return to the coming school year and others to autumn season which is just around the corner. Instead of hearing the municipal band’s music wafting over the neighborhood Sunday nights, some will begin hearing marching band music Friday nights as the local high school football season kicks off and a different kind of entertainment marks another season of its own.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Sioux City Municipal Band performs at the Band Shell in Grandview Park as part of a free summer entertainment series Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying Summer in Siouxland, Sioux City’s Municipal Band

23 Jun

 

During the summer months in Siouxland many small communities have local groups that perform free concerts for their residents. The Sioux City Municipal Band plays a summer concert series of eight performances on Sunday nights in Grandview Park which has a bandshell that was built during the 1930’s by the Civil Works Administration (CWA).

Summer concerts in general evoke an era of the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Mild evenings, light breeze and music drifting over the area, some more enthusiastic than others depending on the play bill for the evening. But always delightful.

 

The Sioux City Municipal Band warms up as patrons arrive before playing a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

People relax in their lawn chairs while listening to the Sioux City Municipal Band play a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Folk will bring picnic lunches as children run about and play and just joke in the evening as the sun settles on the horizon behind the bandshell and a nice way to start the week.

The Sioux City Municipal Band plays a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Patrons sit on the grass and in park seating as they listen to the Sioux City Municipal Band play a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©) 

And generally throughout the eight week series the music offerings appeal to most everyone’s taste. The band members should also be congratulated for giving of their time to rehearse and then play for its community. It makes something special about summer nights and small towns.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Patrons enjoy the Sioux City Municipal Band as it plays a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Sun sets as the Sioux City Municipal Band plays a concert in Grandview Park, Sunday June 10, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

First Siouxland snowfall gets sledders out, Sioux City

17 Nov

The first measurable snowfall hit Siouxland over the weekend, along with Arctic temperatures. But that didn’t deter youngsters and some parents from getting out and enjoying a little sledding at two popular places in Sioux City, Iowa. Grandview Park, with acceptable and non-acceptable sledding areas as well as Sertoma Park. The first has a small hill that is deemed safe by the city, the latter has a large hill that allows sledders to pick up some speed. And despite one parenting couple who thought their kids would only last 10 minutes in the 7 degree weather Sunday morning, they were surprised they lasted 10 minutes longer. Although the parents were enjoying their hot beverages inside a SUV with the motor and heater running.

A local news agency said warm temps are expected by the end of this week, meaning the Arctic deep freeze will have lasted almost 2 weeks with temperatures below freezing (32 degrees) for both days and nights. Add a little wind chill and the temps overnight were dropping to -8 degrees.

I love to snowshoe in the winter, but not in these temps, when you work to keep moving to stay warm as opposed to being outside enjoying the beauty of the scenery and the quiet of freshly fallen snow. Rather than counting the minutes to get back inside to where you can feel your toes again.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland summer band concert, Sioux City

16 Jun

The Sioux City Municipal Band plays a series of summer time concerts in the band shell each year on Sunday evenings at Grandview Park in Sioux City. It is a nice setting. It was built during the depression as part of the Civil Works Administration (CWA) projects. Nestled at the bottom of a hill, the music wafts upward and outward and for an hour or so, transports those in attendance and living nearby to another era.

The concert series occur each Sunday evening, weather permitting, until the end of July or early August, depending on the calendar days and how they fall on Sunday. It’s a nice way to spend an evening enjoying the setting sun and the beauty of the park. While sadly it is not as well attended as other events, it is held in no less esteem by those who do attend and appreciate another venue of entertainment.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland weather again, is Spring here yet? Sioux City

25 Feb

Recently the Siouxland area got a nice snowfall, 10 inches. And while to some that is 10 inches too much, for others, it was a pleasant diversion to an almost snowless winter. I personally like to snow shoe, and this past snowfall was light, powdery and excellent snow to venture out into. And I did that over the weekend at Stone State Park. I was hoping for more snowfall this week, but it looks like this coming snow storm that is hitting the Plains states, will miss us here in Northwest Iowa, while giving Des Moines and points south a little more snow. And while the weather this winter doesn’t seem a bit off anyway, this past weekend it was also very foggy. The nice temps gives one an early taste of Spring Fever, and that is welcomed too. I just hope it brings a few showers for those later flowers and not leave the area high and dry.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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