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APRIL 14, 2018 |

APRIL 14, 2018 | DISCOVER! 6| Playbill At a Glance: WHAT: “The Bridges of Madison County” WHERE: Spencer Community Theatre, 518 1st Ave. E, Spencer WHEN: April 20-22, 27-29 CONTACT: 712-262-7336 ONLINE: www.sctplayhouse.org KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER Falling in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ onstage in Spencer Love The Spencer Community Theatre is offering up their last show of the season. They’ll be bringing the musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County” on April 20-22, 27-29. The show tells the story of Francesca Johnson who lives in Winterset, IA, but she was born and raised in Italy. She has a husband, Bud, and two children, who are taking off to attend the national 4-H show where Francesca’s daughter, Carolyn, will be showing her prize steer. While Francesca is about to enjoy a weekend at home by herself, a pickup pulls into the drive. The pickup holds National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid. He’s searching out and photographing the famous covered bridges of Madison County. Francesca offers to help him find the Roseman Bridge, which is a bridge he has had trouble locating. As the two spend more time together over just a few days, Francesca and Robert fall in love. Francesca is faced with a decision. Leave her family to be with the love of her life or stay with her family who she also loves. I’m not going to spoil the ending, so you’ll have to go see the show. This musical will be the final show in Spencer Community Theatre’s 58th season and it’s one you aren’t going to want to miss. F SELECTION ★ SERVICE ★ SATISFACTION •Free Estimates •Fire Pits/Fireplaces •Privacy Fences •Landscape and Hardscape Design and Installation •Seeding and Sodding •Lawn Irrigation Systems •Outdoor Living Areas •Ponds, Waterfalls, Streams B&K Landscaping and Lawn Service SIOUX COUNTY THE ONE TO CALL FOR ALL YOUR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL GREENSCAPE NEEDS! Spencer | Iowa HAS IT ALL! Have extra clothes? household items? furniture? Donate your items to JFA We take gently used clothing, furniture, and household items! Items will be redistributed to people in the community who need them and also shared with our partner ministries. DROP OFF TIMES: MON-FRI : 24 Hours SAT : 8 am - 12 pm 163 Westview Drive, Rock Valley • 712.476.9970 Check out our website at www.bklandscape.com 1335 Valley Drive ROCK VALLEY, IA 712.476.2804 jfainfo@jfa-nwiowa.org www.jfa-nwiowa.org

DISCOVER! | APRIL 14, 2018 Community | 7 RYLAN HOWE | STAFF WRITER I’ve been dancing a long time. I just love it. Becky Dewey Dance the night away Bring your boots to the Barn for country dance lessons Walk into The Barn at Okoboji on a Thursday evening and you’ll hear them before you see them. Stomps, steps, some clapping and country music emanates from upstairs. That’s because each Thursday from 7-9 p.m. the Barn hosts Country Dance Lessons. Becky Dewey of Pocahontas drives up each week to guide regulars and newcomers through the steps and get everyone on the same page for a footstomping good time. Dewey first started to learn line dancing in Las Vegas in the early 1980s. “I’ve been dancing a long time,” Dewey said. “I just love it.” She began teaching classes herself in 1992 in Pocahontas. There were classes in a restaurant building and night courses at a college gym. And just as her teaching days seemed to begin to wind down, she got right back into it by almost pure providence. “We went to a county dance in Dubuque and had a blast. I told my sister then that I had to get back into teaching — that’s what I love,” Dewey said. “And the next morning I got a call asking if I’d come to Humboldt to teach classes.” Eventually the dance steps would lead Dewey to Okoboji. She taught a group some dances during the Barn’s grand opening two years ago, and came back for their first year anniversary last summer. Around September the weekly Thursday Country Dance Lessons began. At first maybe 15-20 people attended, but the line dancing fun was not to be contained. Every week a few more people came and the most recent dance saw about 90 people pack the barn. “After the first of the year I don’t know if it was winter blues or what but it steadily grew each time. There’s obviously been a need for it and people have told me they’d been wanting something like this,” Dewey said. “I’ve been just flabbergasted and it’s just been mostly word of mouth. It’s a phenomenal bunch of people. They all want to learn and are willing to help each other out.” Learning line dances is exactly what she would like the next generation to do. “I want them to learn and get in there and enjoy it as much as I do,” Dewey said. “Then when they’re my age they can still do all the same steps, they may just call the dance by a different name. It’s just so much fun and it’s why I drive 90 miles to do it.” Dewey’s enthusiasm has certainly caught on with the crowd, regardless of age or line dancing experience. She recalled one young participant who enjoyed it so much that the next week he came back with parents, grandparents and an aunt all in tow. The resulting mix of ages — Dewey noted that most weeks participants range from 16-80 years old — makes for a wonderful experience for everyone. Each week Dewey typically covers the steps for a song a few times without music, then everyone tries it out to a song. For the last half hour so, the lessons mostly stop, the music keeps on playing and everyone gets a chance to perfect their steps. The plan is for the weekly dances to continue through April and May for sure. Plans for future country dance lessons will be revisited as the summer season gets into full swing. In the meantime, Dewey encourages everyone to come have some fun and give country dance lessons a try. “It’s a great place, very fun up there at the Barn,” Dewey said. “Everyone can come up, enjoy themselves, enjoy the music, get in the middle of it all and have some fun.” F Country Dance Lessons at The Barn at Okoboji are held on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. The lessons are becoming more and more popular as the weeks go on. PHOTOS BY RYLAN HOWE At a Glance: WHAT: Country Dance Lessons WHERE: The Barn at Okoboji, 2325 41st Street/HWY 71, Spirit Lake WHEN: Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. COST: $5 suggested donation CONTACT: 712-330-7158 ONLINE: www.thebarnatokoboji. com Spirit Lake | Iowa

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