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Revving up for Summer in Siouxland, Le Mars

17 Jun

As a kid growing up in the Midwest and on a farm, I never got into the fast cars or muscle cars phenomenon that friends of mine did. And I do enjoy looking at someone else’s passion and know-how in creating some of these machines. And to keep them running all these years as so much now seems more computer chip powered as mechanically powered.

A variety of cars appear at a car show at Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, Iowa at the start of the Ice Cream Days Wednesday June 13, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Le Mars Ice Cream Days kicked off recently and people turned out for a car show at a local drive-inn eatery. The fun lasted for only a short time as a rain storm was pushing into the area and many people didn’t look prepared in getting wet.

A woman keeps her umbrella handy as rain begins to shower on a car show at Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, Iowa for the start of the Ice Cream Days Wednesday June 13, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Some vintage and other muscle cars populate a car show at Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, Iowa at the start of the Ice Cream Days Wednesday June 13, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I myself didn’t exactly dress for rain and so as the storm neared, I made a few photos and then retreated to my own vehicle to avoid melting in the soon to be downpour. I kind of wondered about one of the car owners who drove a roadster that had no top. It certainly was going to be a damp evening, but whether (weather) or not it dampened his enthusiasm I don’t know.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, Iowa is a popular spot for car shows, especially ones involving vintage and muscle cars for the start of the Ice Cream Days Wednesday June 13, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

People walk a short stretch on a major thorough fare that has been blocked off for a car show at Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, Iowa at the start of the Ice Cream Days Wednesday June 13, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Celebrating a Siouxland Christmas at the Pioneer Village, Le Mars

24 Dec

I make an effort every year to attend the Lighted Parade held in Le Mars but sometimes fate just doesn’t allow it to happen. This year I acquired a stomach bug which dampened my enthusiasm and ability to attend. One of the side benefits of attending the parade is to then head over to the Christmas at Pioneer Village located at the Plymouth County Fairground in Le Mars where it is outfitted with lights, kids can visit Santa and there are wagon rides, decorated trees and a Round Barn filled with everything Christmas one can imagine.

People through a decorated Christmas scene at Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Le Mars, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Families take pictures of their children sitting on Santa’s lap at Christmas at Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Le Mars, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

People clambor off and others wait to get on for a wagon ride during the Christmas at Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Le Mars, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

While it is true that Christmas is not everyone’s favorite holiday for various reasons, it’s nice to believe people are thinking about happier occasions in getting together with family or friends and stepping away, if possible, from the daily happenings in life, if only for a short while. The festive lights, various decorations and other accoutrements are a nice diversion. And I personally enjoy them even when ill from some bug.

An assortment of Christmas decorations can be found in the Round Barn during the Christmas at Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Le Mars, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A couple checks out an illuminated Christmas tree in the Round Barn at Christmas at Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Le Mars, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

And it’s nice to see a community help its residents and area guests celebrate the season and forget some cares for an hour or two and think happier times.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Celebrating Christmas in Siouxland, Plymouth County Museum

12 Dec

During the Christmas holiday, it is hard to escape the celebration. In the Midwest, Iowa and Siouxland people celebrate Christmas. Lights are up most places and Christmas music fills the air. Every year at the Plymouth County Museum it hosts a Nativity set display and a number of community members lend their displays for others to view. It is pretty amazing how many different examples of nativity sets there are.

A variety of nativity scenes are on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A variety of nativity scenes are on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

These nativity scenes are made out of a variety of material and hail from a plethora of locations all honoring the birth of Jesus. The craftmanship used to create some of these scenes are pretty amazing.

A variety of nativity scenes are on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A variety of nativity scenes are on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

The display takes up the most of the top floor of the museum, formerly a local high school. So it is a large space. I always find museums are fun places to visit. One can learn about the past, the present and people’s state of mind by viewing exhibits. And it’s a nice place to divert one’s attention on a blustery day reveling in the moment of a momentous holiday to some.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing Color in Siouxland, Le Mars

16 Nov

As November begins and the cooler days increase I am trying to enjoy the remaining color I find as much as I can. The grey of winter will be here soon enough in Siouxland. There will be those glorious sunny blue sky days of December and other winter months, but it may also be 20 degrees out which puts a bit of chill on the enjoyment. So I look, admire, try to get creative with the color I see.

Fall colors at Westmar Park in Le Mars, Iowa Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Or simply record the scene as the days pass and get shorter, cooler and darker.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Fall colors at Foster Park in Le Mars, Iowa Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Fall colors at Westmar Park in Le Mars, Iowa Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Artists on View in Siouxland, Le Mars Arts Council

2 Nov

In another week or so I and some other area artists will put our work on view at the Le Mars Arts Council Art Center. I have not participated in such an endeavor since the mid-1990’s when a gentleman I knew invited me along to show some work in Lake Tahoe, California during an art show there. My work pales in comparison with a lot others work I have seen and see. The tempting thing about exhibiting in Lake Tahoe was that I had a day off and went hiking up into one of the high peaks and hung out at a crystal clear lake.

But in November those interested can view a variety of work at the Art Center’s open house. I feel very humbled to be able to participate.

The Le Mars Arts Council art center Le Mars, Iowa Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Pastel prints on display at the Le Mars Arts Council art center in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday Oct.12, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A photograph on display at the Le Mars Arts Council art center in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday Oct.12, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The person putting this all together is the center’s administrator Judy Marienau. A wonderful woman who is excited about seeing everyone’s work.

Le Mars Arts Council administrator Judy Marienau working at the Art center in Le Mars, Iowa Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I have been through a lot of art centers as I have lived in various parts around the country when I previously worked for newspapers. And I enjoy it immensely looking at the work and getting a chance to talk with the various artists.  There is no limitation to some of these people’s imagination and their skill in the chose medium they work in. Even if one is not “rich” enough to take away a couple of pieces to later enjoy in one’s own abode, you are enriched by viewing and admiring the work of these artists.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring in Siouxland and a walk along a bike trail, Le Mars

7 Apr

As the weather approaches more “normal” (whatever that may be anymore) temperatures and the sky is sunny, it’s hard not to go for a walk. The Le Mars, Iowa walking and biking trail is not very long but a nice experience bordering a creek for most of it and farmland as it lies on the outskirts of the community. The sky was blue and sunny. The clouds mushrooming and filling the expanse. And after driving around a bit it was a good way to end the day. Although, having pizza and a soda afterwards was an even better way to end.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Finding Inspiration in Siouxland, Le Mars

29 Nov

Late summer I attended the 41st Annual National Old Time Music Festival held in Le Mars, Iowa. It’s a nice event and fun to see and hear various musicians performing and just jamming together. Two performers I came across took me by surprise. The two women, Elaine Peacock and Isabel Trobaugh, are residents of Elk Point, SD, only a few miles from Le Mars.

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The surprising aspect of meeting them is hearing that they are living out their dream of performing music.

Often people find inspiration from their teachers, parents, coaches, celebrities, military, police and fire personnel, and even politicians. A national politician who made the rounds during the Iowa caucus season in 2015 said his hero and inspiration came from a person name Cordell Walker, Texas Ranger. A fictitious character created and portrayed by actor Chuck Norris, who during one of the episodes told his partner Trivette that one should never believe what politicians say. Surprising with so many real heroes and people who can inspire. These two women live in the area and are known in some places better than others and are real inspirations because they are fulfilling dreams that mean something to them and gives testament to the fact that it is never too late, and one is never too old to follow your heart and succeed in something you believe in.

 

 

 

 

 

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