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Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ally Britton, Presbyterian Manor, Stiefel Theater — Peg Britton @ 10:24 am


photo by Ally
Joan Baez still retains the voice of  her younger years.  She sang to a spell-bound full house last night at the Stiefel, a perfect venue to display her talents.  I love that place.  Ally and I enjoyed every song to its fullest.  She sang for 1 1/2 hours without a break and ended with three encores, the last being Ally’s favorite of all songs ever…”Imagine” by the Beatles.  I agree…one of the best songs ever written.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

You know you must be old when you remember well the people for whom a building was named….like the “Stiefel Theater”….once the Fox Watson.

I had occasion before and after the concert to visit with Don and Nikki Svaty, Sherri Hart and Mike and Val McGhee.   I haven’t see Sherri since she was a young thing and she grew up to be just what I imagined…beautiful, engaging, smart, outgoing.  Hutchinson is very fortunate to have her a part of their school system administrative staff.  She reminded me of the time when her family lived next to the Presbyterian Church and I came by to give her a ride in Todd’s dune buggy. I’d forgotten that but she reminded me it was about 45 years ago.  Todd would remember.

I read in the Journal that Dana Hudkins Crawford is going to be a consultant on the Salina River Project.  She’s an amazing woman and has done spectacular things during her lifetime.  She and I grew up together on Highland Ave. where she and my sister were best friends.  They kept in close contact over the years until the time of my sister’s death in ‘97.

We had 3/4″ of rain here last night…according to sources in my early morning exercise group.  It appears to be working up to another rain shower. The numerous flower gardens around the Palace are resplendent with blooms.

My friend, Lynn, came by yesterday with a computer table she no longer wanted.  She and Ally wrestled it to my apartment where it was immediately transformed into a meds table.  Gone is Effie’s ancient card table.  I love my new table.  The three of us had a delightful lunch of sandwiches and salad from Gourmet to Go and sat in the 4th floor lobby to enjoy it.  The view was wonderful…conversation nice…food delicious.

It’s time to go explore the mysteries of the dining room.  Some times you just don’t want to know ahead of time.

Thanks for tuning in…


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