2017-01-12 / Columns

Enough of winter, time for big bands

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

The joke is over. Stop the snow dancing or at least get the temperatures back up a little. The facial tissue manufacturers are thrilled with this weather. I think everybody’s been hit with a cold and cough, sneezing etc. To the few elderly that we have in our area — OK, maybe more than a few — be careful as this winter season is tough and it is hard to get over the colds and flu. Take care of yourself.

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Also be very careful out there shoveling. So far the snow has been fairly light and easily moved. Be smart about what you do.

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For all you big band aficionados and I can’t help but believe there are many in our area, an event is coming for you. The Big Bands will be discussed Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Leelanau School with Bob Foskett. This should be a great program. The first session of Mostly Music’s Winter Series will be the lecture with recorded examples of the continuing metamorphosis of the jazz big band in American music. The big bands never left, although the audience went somewhere else. Big bands were considered the core of American popular and dance music until the 1950s.

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Snow and trail conditions over most of the Heritage Trail as of Monday are not groomed with light powder over an icy base.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Josie Perfect and John Velis and anyone I have missed.

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Happy Anniversary wishes to Debbie and Jerry Morawski.

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