Ruth and I had the opportunity to see Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion show Saturday night performed at the Overture Center in Madison. It was a sellout audience of more than 2,000 people who clapped and laughed and had a great time seeing their radio favorites in person: Sue Scott, who does many women’s voices, Tim Russell, who does as many men’s voices, and Fred Newman, the man of many sound effects. And of course, the many talented Garrison Keillor who has been doing the show since 1974.
Today the Prairie Home Companion radio show has an audience of four million people and is broadcast on 600 radio stations throughout the country and in many foreign countries.
A theme for the show, as one might suspect, was winter, with several memorable lines and songs. Remember, the cold that grips you and makes things difficult is a DRY cold.
Also remember the first rule of winter. Don’t leave beer in your car. It will freeze and the bottles will explode. I might add, especially if it is cheap beer with a low alcohol content.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Winter is a state of mind (perhaps).
February 9, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison. Signing books in UW-Press booth.
February 22, 11:00 a.m. Retired Federal Workers Meeting, Waunakee.
February 27, Noon, Mt. Morris Insurance Company annual meeting, Richford, Wi
March 2, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 3, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 6- 27: Writing Retreat, Florida.
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