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Chilled at USD, Dressing warm in Siouxland, Vermillion, SD

13 Feb

While visiting the University of South Dakota campus at Vermillion, SD recently I was struck by how much has not changed when it comes to youth. The morning started out at 10 degrees, above zero. I can remember when I was in college and walking to my classes in winter I must have looked like the Michelin tire guy hidden within the parka I owned. Most students appeared not to worry about the cold.

Maybe speculating it was a short walk from the dorm room to a class or the cafeteria. I only saw a few people dressed like the weather was cold. But saw quite a few dressed like spring had already arrived with temps in the 60’s. Maybe my aged bones just don’t like the cold as much or can do without it, but I will give credit to those “red” looking individuals who certainly looked cold crossing campus. Maybe they just wanted a natural way to support their sports team, the Yotes, as red is the college’s color, their exposed skin certainly took on an unusual hue of red. Ah youth.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Musical History in Siouxland, National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD

24 Dec

When I attended a brown bag performance at the National Music Museum recently, I spent a little time afterwards walking around and looking at exhibits. It is amazing that some of the instruments on display which covers 2 or more centuries were crafted and played before the United States was even its own sovereign nation.


Former University of South Dakota alum, Tom Brokaw even did a voice over on a video about the museum’s collection for the public to view.

The depth of the collection is truly astounding, especially to think they are housed in the Siouxland area, at the University of South Dakota Vermillion campus. Instruments from many cultures and nations. And there are times when people expert and proficient in the field of music come to talk about the various instruments. I have not been fortunate enough to attend any of talks, but hope to in the future.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


Music Appreciation in Siouxland, National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD

13 Dec

I attended a noon time holiday concert recently at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, South Dakota. Before the “main event” took place, another group performed. The Queen’s Pleasure is a Renaissance performance group that enjoys playing recorder instruments and early music,  which came into its own as early as the 13th century.

The five members of the ensemble or collegium are all capable of playing four different instruments and bring about thoughts of Shakespeare and a setting with courtly manners and refined graces. It is a quiet music, not the blaring sounds of brass or loud instrumentation of strings, but more contemplative. One really needs to listen to hear the soft sounds. The National Music Museum is a wonderful place to enjoy this and other music, with houses a large collection of instruments on display dating back to the 1500’s, and worth a visit.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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