Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Trombonist Isaac Olsen Performs In Europe; Wyatt Reichenberg A Champ

Good morning! Well summer is definitely here and isn’t it grand? Hot weather, weeds and all, I sure would rather have the heat to complain about instead of the cold!

One of my very best friends would not agree with me at all and I understand, but for now I am happy with the heat, maybe in a month or so I will not be so much!

Before we get into all of the things going on this next week I would like to congratulate Isaac Olsen on his recent experience with the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music Band and Choir. This group of 185 band members and 150 choir members traveled and performed in England, France, Switzerland,Germany and Austria. They did some touring and ate local cuisine while meeting and performing with other Nebraska music students.

Isaac, whose instrument of choice is the trombone, is the son of Douglas and Pamela Olsen and the grandson of Art Olsen.

I know we have sent at least one former band student on this adventure in the past and hope we continue to offer this unforgettable experience to others.

Also congratulation to Wyatt Reichenberg as the 2023 Nebraska High School Steer Wrestling Champion. He has been in Gillette, Wyo., this past week, July 16-22, for the finals and we wish him the best of luck. Wyatt is the son of Holly and Bo Reichenberg.

Starting with today, Thursday, July 20th Heritage Days continue in Alliance through Saturday with a youth rodeo play day, the Frazier Carnival and food vendor’s (20th); prairie dog disc golf, games, vendors and music (21st); and on the 22nd. a fun run/walk, parade, golf tournament, vendors, lunch, more golf, music and last day of the carnival.

Also finishing up this week is the Morrill County Fair in Bridgeport. Some events are a cookie jar sale, teen dance and rubber check race. While the folks in Morrill County are putting another year of fair in the books, the Scotts Bluff County Fair in Mitchell is just getting started.

Contestants will be getting prepared on the 22nd and the following week most public events will get underway. I will have a schedule next week for you.

Today, July 20th, there will be Sidewalk Sales in Scottsbluff; the Grief Support Group meets at St Mary’s Plaza at 6 p.m. in the Cheyenne Room (308-630-1149); and Guys and Dolls will play at Theater West on the WNCC campus at 7:30 p.m. This will play again on the 21st and 22nd, same time.

Bands on Broadway that evening will have music by Brindlemire (local classic rock) and The Victory Underground, (country rock) beginning at 6 p.m.

The movie “Barbie” will open at the SkyView Drive-In on the 20th and run through the 23rd. Gate opens at 8 p.m. and movie time is 9 p.m.

Chadron and Torrington will also have music on the street or in the park! Friday the 21st, sidewalk sales continue through Saturday, plus Friday happenings will feature the Wildcat Hills Bioblitz, where you can join resource experts and investigate and record the biodiversity found in the Wildcat Hills.This is free, but you need a valid park permit to get into the park, and one is available on site. The time is 7:30- 9 p.m.

Martin Gilmore will give a performance at the Scotts Bluff National Monument as a multi talented musician and songwriter on Friday. He will perform music with an Irish & English flair with doses of black spirituals, some Spanish and German flair and splashes of history. This will be in the outdoor amphitheater weather permitting, or moved inside if not. This is Free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

Also on the 21st, there will be music in Sidney as part of their Downtown Sounds summer program at Hickory Square beginning at 5:30 p.m., and there will be a Pool Party at the Gering pool from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 22nd.

The Farmers Market will be open at the 18th Street Plaza from 8-11 a.m., and the Morrill Farmers Market will open on Saturdays and Tuesdays until October 31st (308- 247-2475).

Magician Keith West will be at the Riverside Discovery Center at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. with acts to amaze you, plus games, activties, contests, food and special animal presentations. Disney’s “Moana Jr.” will be presented at Theater West on the 22nd. at 2 p.m., at 2 and 5 p.m. on the 23rd.

The Cheyenne County Fair starts on the 22nd and lasts for a week with rodeo, music, contests, tractor/truck pulls, demolition derby 4-H and carnival.

Closer to home, on Saturday the 22nd there will be hiking on land along the North Platte River, meeting at the Meadowlark Hearth Farm (120024 Evert Drive, Scottsbluff ) at 3 p.m. and plan on a vigorours 4-mile hike through the Wild Cat Hills. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate footwear & clothing. (More info: meadowlarkhearthfarm @ gmail.com.)

Also on the 22nd there will be a Tie Dye Workshop for ages 10 and up at the pottery shop on 102 E Overland (elodiesoddities.com ). and the annual Christmas in July Bazar will be open at the St. Francis Episcopal Church at 14 E 20th street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Monday the 24th, if you are up Alliance way, they will have an ice cream social at Central Park from 2-4 p.m., and there will be another class in European Wines, this time on Spanish wines. You need to register for this and must be 21 (at least!). The time is 6 p.m. at 1055 P street in Gering, ( 436-7433).

On Tuesday the 25th, the folks at the NPNRD will have a Little’s Wild Workshop for 4- to 10-year-olds, and parents are welcome to stay for this one hour workshop that begins at 9 a.m.

If this isn’t enough, Cheyenne Frontier Days are in full swing through the 30th, and you all know how full those days are!

Take care and have a great week! Until next time, Barb Cross at 436-7152.