The heat moved the action indoors.
Indoors was a better setting for the semi-Dixieland stylings of the Dixie Six.
Overall, the 2007 Bethany Home Ice Cream Social was one of the premiere events of the summer. Goodness, I'm starting to sound like Ethelyn Misroon, columnist for the Georgetown Times and leading exemplar of the "good times were had by all" school of small town journalism.
The ice cream was home made. The cakes were too. That's what you expect at the Bethany Home Ice Cream Social. The crowd was mixed ages, mixed religious background, mixed occupation. That's what you expect at the Bethany Home ice cream social. So, everything went as it always has.
The hot weather moved the social indoors. The past two years the social has been on the north side of the building, outdoors. This year guests ate and enjoyed in the dining hall and the activity room.
The other difference came because Lan Nelson arranged for Roger Thorstenberg's band, Dixie Six, to perform.
Despite their name, their performances had more in common with Big Band jazz than dixieland. If you don't believe me, listen to their rendition of this standard.
Dixie Six will be playing at the Red Barn studio to celebrate Lester Raymer's 100th birthday, September 22nd. For more information see Raymer Anniversary.
In the meantime, here's 30 seconds of the sights from the Ice Cream social.
Thanks to Betty Nelson for pointing out to me that Roger is a Thorstenberg, not Thorsenson. It's the heat! I apologize for not getting this corrected more quickly. It's the heat and the paint! The College is painting the lower level of Presser Hall. It's going to look great, but in the meantime, I'm not able to spend much time there. I was there an hour and a half today and came away with a blinding headache.