February Violet

A painting class, led by Instructor Sharon Demaree, was held at

the Unadilla Community Center on Saturday morning, February 20.

Sharon is a talented artist who works in multiple medias and has sold

her work worldwide. Ten women attended, had a great time, and left

with a beautiful picture. All who attended agreed it was a lot of fun

letting their creative side show. The class was sponsored by the 

Unadilla Community Library who plans to organize more classes

in the future.

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Back left: Carol Rouse, Deb McGowan, Mary Beckman, Alberta Block,

Deb Billington, Sue Saathoff, Sandi Kimbell

Front left: Melissa Barrett, Instructor Sharon Demaree, Bev Crownover

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Next painting class is Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m.

Come and join the fun!

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Books & Brew Book Club met Tuesday, February 16, at the

Community Library. We reviewed "O Pioneers" by Willa Cather

and had a lively discussion. Next month's meeting will be on 

March 15 at 10 a.m. and the book will be "All Girls Filling Station

Last Reunion" by Fannie Flagg. Please join us!

We lost a lot of great people in 2015. These two worked together

for many years and are still missed by us all.

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Keith Liesemeyer & Keith Block

(photo contributed by Alberta Block)

Happy anniversary

Belated anniversary wishes to Matt & Susie Doeden who

celebrated on 2-21.

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Otoe County Genealogical Society met Saturday, February 20,

in the Resource Room. Many items were discussed and future

programs were finalized. There was much discussion on the 

Rural Schools Conference to be held in July. The Mary Beth Kerns

collection has been listed and filed. Our next project will be in

cataloguing all our resource books, and organizing them on the

book shelves. The complete list of our resources will be on the

website: www.ocgsne.org The March meeting will be held at

Morton James Library in Nebraska City.


How well do you know Nebraska towns?

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Here are your clues:

1. Candy Bar

2. Brand of overalls

3. Tree Cutter intersection

4. Town in the middle

5. Small ape

6. Sofa

7. Green Stone

8. Recently built place

9. Home of Iowa State

10. Attemptin'

(Answers at the bottom of this newsletter.)

Memorial Day will be here before you know it. American flags that

are torn or disheveled should not be flown, but turned into a local Post

for proper disposal. Flying a flag in this condition is considered very

disrespectful. (They may be left at the Village Office or the Bob 

Wilhelm residence.)

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Did you know recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy

to run a computer or television for 3 hours? It takes 95% less energy

to make a new aluminum can from a recycled one.

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2-25   Gaylin Emerson, Marcia Bryan, Seth Bayliss

2-27   Jemma Romine

2-28   Nancy Liesemeyer, Steve & Judy Vampola


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Friday, 2-25-1916, The Otoe Union:

"Brick Ice Cream, 5 cents per Brick, at the Rexall Drug Store,

Ralph A. Lincoln, prop." A petition was circulating around Unadilla

for installing a community water works system. In 1915, 893 head of

cattle, 5397 head of hogs, 105,609 bushels of corn, 79,002 bushels

of wheat, 21,785 gallons of cream, 43,500 dozens of eggs, and 

5000 lbs. of green hides were shipped by rail from Unadilla.

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Lofte Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition February 28

Manley, NE [February 15, 2016] -  The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley has announced that it will hold its annual meeting and volunteer recognition event on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.  2016 marks the 40th season for the theater and this year is being touted as the “Ruby Jubilee.”  

The Board of Directors invites anyone who has volunteered their time (ushers, parkers, actors, set-builders, etc.) made a donation or even attended a show over the years.  This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert says, “The memories of the last forty years are like a tidal wave, so many people, so many stories and so much history.  However, my greatest satisfaction is seeing the family and friends of a performer rush the stage after a show and tell an actor how much they enjoyed a performance.  It’s a feeling of self worth that can last someone a lifetime.”

Lofte Treasurer Ken Patry will present financials.  Ticket Booth Manager, Jean Colbert will give an attendance report.  Elections will be held for board vacancies.  Kevin Colbert will review 2015 and present previews of 2016 and 2017 seasons.  The Lofte will also acknowledge the three most valued volunteers for the past year.    

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The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured.  The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.  Each participant will receive a copy of Deborah's latest publication, the Celtic Fiddler's Song Book.

The camp will be on Wednesday, March 9  - Friday, March 11, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation.  We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords.  You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.

On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets.  Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.

On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.

One day:                $60.00
Two days:               $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days:     $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)

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Enrollment for the "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp" is limited. E-mail Deborah This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Irish Music Concert

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Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.

Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago.  Their performance on March 13 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.

The concert will be downstairs, and  followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and senior citizens, and $1.00 for children. Seating is limited.For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.

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