Kitchen Kin

On June 13, with 15 members present and welcoming one guest, Imogene Dahl, the Kitchen Kin Extension Club met at Brentwood Assisted Living. All present enjoyed a treat of strawberries and cake, pinwheels and a fluff salad prepared by our hostesses, Jane Wayland, Bonnie Robinson and Joan McCoy.

The meeting was called to order by President Sherry Riehle. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Della Wittgren and the creed was led by Sue Howell. The reflection was read by Riehle. The minutes were read, seconded and passed without corrections or additions.

Our Health, Nutrition and Safety chair, Barbara Herrold, reminded us to get our shingles shot. Also remember that when you use your GPS on your mobile phone to have it plugged into your car as the battery drains very quickly. Education chair, Sue Howell, at our April meeting, gave us the word “telemere” to look up and bring the answer to the June meeting. In case you are wondering, the meaning of telemere is the compound structure at the end of the chromosome. Historian Cindy King reported scrapbooks for the club are complete. At the previous meeting it was decided on to only take pictures and notes for the special event meetings due to lack of storage.

Kitchen Kin’s Volunteer Community report was given by Della Wittgren, stating that we have 21 more shawls to be donated to Shawls of Compassion. Our club was also reminded to fulfill our obligation as building watchers for the La Porte County Fair being held July 8-13.

The new business section consisted of the continuation of cap/lid collection for the La Porte County Park Department for benches.

The monthly lottery was won by Sue Howell. Our next meeting will be held Aug. 9 at Brentwood Assisted Living at 1 p.m. The meeting is always open to the public.


Footlight players

The Footlight Players of Michigan City are busy with theatrical works. The first three weekends of May they produced the comedy “Musical of Musicals, the Musical” directed by Joe Blanchard who, along with AD Candace Archer, Music Director Lee Meyer, Choreographer Emmie Reigel and Producer Bobbi Lauritsen. The four leads Amy Crane, Grant Fitch, Hillary Havlin and John Hutchinson with a chorus of Kristin Allison, Andy and Wil Crane, Alayna Lauritsen, Kenzie Losinski, Kathy Lute, Courtney Mason and Amanda Sixbury all did an outstanding job. They raffled off a handmade afghan by Debbie Bartholomew.

On June 2, they held their annual picnic at the Creek Ridge Park in the Lion’s shelter. Although the weather was a bit chilly at the start of the event it was well attended and as always, there was plenty of good food and friendship to go around.

June 1 and 2 Lee and Laura Meyer compiled and directed the musical revue, “A Grand Night for Singing,” which brought back to life songs from musicals that Footlight has done in the past 70 years, Laura and Bobby Komendera served as emcees to the cast including Candace Archer, Debbie Bartholomew, Alexander Bonner, Howard Brenneman, Frankie Casorio, Kathy Chase, Alayna Lauritsen, Tom LeDonne Kelley Losinski, Kathy Lute, Marsha Markle, Thom Nelson and Emmie Reigel. The show ran for two nights only at 7:30 p.m.

June 10 began Footlight’s two week-long summer youth camp with a workshop offered to 30 youngsters from ages 6-17 at absolutely no cost to them or their families. This is the second year they have taken on this endeavor and it would not have been possible without the grant provided by The Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation. We have 27 participants that will put on the full fledged musical farce, “The Wizard of Odds.” They learn all the lines, songs and dances in eight rehearsals Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. On the weekend of June 22 and 23 the put on a full blown performance to a sellout crowds both nights.

June 28 was the date of Footlight’s monthly “Friday Night at Footlight” open-mic night. They hosted the Crane Family Singers as their featured performers. Andy and Amy along with their son Wil and daughter Ella started the evening out.

The nominations for this year’s Footlight Players Awards have been tallied and announced. On July 20, the evening will start at 5 p.m. at the Moose Family Lodge with a cocktail hour, dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation of the awards will take place at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening a silent auction will go on with many items and gift certificates from the community’s businesses and friends. Marsha Markle will be inducted into the Footlight Hall of Fame and awards for best lead actress, lead actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, newcomer, lighting, sound, costumes, musical/vocal director, choreographer, hair/make-up, scenic artist, set dresser, five hidden talent awards and the prestigious president’s award along with the Critic’s Choice award for best production of the year will be given. Tickets are $15 if purchased by July 1 and $20 after that or at the door.

Footlight is now into their patron drive for their 70th season and would love for you to help keep their theater alive and to keep live theater part of the community. There are eight ways to become a patron. Donate $40, $55, $75, $100, $150. And you will receive five complimentary passes for any or all our seasonal productions. If you want to donate $250, $500 or $1,000 you will receive 10 passes. If you are bargain shoppers, the $40 or $55 pledge is right up your alley because you’ll receive $75 of ticket value! Contact the theater if you are interested or the president, Robert W. Komendera at (219) 879-5840.

Elections were held at their monthly meeting on June 12 with the following results, President Robert W. Komendera, Vice President Laura Meyer, Secretary Denise Barkow, Treasurer William Wild and the three General Board Members are Thom Nelson, Jan Rice and Chris West.

Footlight Theatre is located at 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. You can’t miss them with the big yellow awning on the front. Footlight Players is a not-for-profit organization and are always on the look-out for members, patrons and volunteers. Go to their website for more info on their open-mic night, youth workshop, to become a patron, or make reservations or anything else I might have forgotten, at or call the theater at (219) 874-4035 for any information. They will welcome all dedicated individuals with open-arms. You can also check them out at one of their meetings, held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the theater.

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