Vicki and John Jenks own a beautiful log home near Wild Rose, WI, built on the same farm where John grew up. Each year in April, this year the ninth time, they open their home to what they call a Heroes Musicales (mini concerts). The program is a fund raiser for local Red Cross Disaster relief and Service to the Armed Forces. Vicki and John are Red Cross volunteers.
Both accomplished musicians, they invite musical groups from around the country to perform at their home---in 2016, a blue grass band performed at 11:00 a.m., a Gypsy jazz and American folk group performed at 1:30 p.m., and a “Made in America” duo with piano and harp performed at 4:00 p.m. All three groups were “sellouts” with more than 200 people attending the three events.
Ruth and I attended the 4:00 p.m. event, and were delighted with the music of Jodie DeSalvo on Piano and Faye Seeman on harp. In between the musical performances, the audience enjoyed refreshments, and the opportunity to bid on more than 200 silent auction treasures.
A good time was had by all on this chilly and about to rain Saturday afternoon, as we listened to fine music and looked out at a sputtering spring that is slowly showing green.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Wild Rose is proud of their local musicians and the wonderful contribution they are making to the community and to the Red Cross.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Writing Workshop for 2016
Telling Your Story Workshop at The Clearing in Door County. Friday, August 12, 9-4. Call 920-854-4088 to get your name on the list. (Still Room)
May 9, 12:30 p.m. Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329, Tokay, Blvd, Madison. Wisconsin Agricultural History. The public is invited.
May 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Booksigning, Dregne’s, Westby.
May 26, 7:00 p.m. Richfield Historical Society, 4128 Hubertus Road, Richfield, WI Whispers and Shadows.
June 7, 7:00 p.m. Cambria Library. Cambria Fire Dept. Community Center, Cambria.
June 11, 9-4 Writing Workshop, Wild Rose Library. Telling Your Story
June 14, 9:00 a.m. Keynote speech. Country Heritage Day, St. John the Baptist Church, Montello. Barns of Wisconsin.
July 19, 11:00 a.m., Farm Technology Days, Snudden Farms, Lake Geneva, Walworth County. History of Wisconsin Agriculture.
August 9, 6:30 p.m. Winnebago County Historical Society. Oshkosh Library. History of Wisconsin Agriculture.
August 12 9-4, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County.
August 20, 10:30-11:30 am. Waupaca Annual Arts on the Square.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street