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It's Sledding Time!


Shay and Jordyn Campbell went sledding with their dad, Corey.


Someone built an awesome fort at the south end of CD's parking lot.


The 125th Birthday Celebration Committee has been meeting to plan the birthday celebration which is planned for Saturday, May 28th. If anyone has old photos or stories of life in Elmwood they would be willing to share for the 125th birthday celebration, please contact Bonnie Brewer at bb45231@windstream.net or 994-5315. Photos can be scanned so originals can be retained by the owner.

In addition, veterans - we will also be celebrating the 125th birthday of the Elmwood G.A.R. Hall which houses the Veterans' Museum. We would love to have a display of all veterans from the Elmwood area. If you have any items you would like to display either permanently or just over Memorial Day Weekend - especially photos - please contact Bonnie.






















Elmwood Murdock 2nd Graders Play in YMCA League

Several EM 2nd grade girls are playing in a YMCA basketball league in Lincoln.  The team is coached by one of the player's brother.  Garyn Folden has participated in YMCA leagues for years and now it's time to get his sister, Raynee, involved.  Raynee, Hailey, Kylee, Lily, Jayden, and   had their first game Sunday.  No one loses and everyone is a winner in these games.  The girls learn some basic basketball skills...like listening to their coach!  And they have a lot of fun!



Garyn watches his team.


Hailey Cronk waits her turn.


Should I throw it now?


Last minute pep talk for the girls.


Just give me the ball, Hailey says.  Raynee wants a turn, too!


Irish Music Concert
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse
Avoca, NE

Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 PM.   Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and banjo. 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 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 $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. 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 g-s@alltel.net.

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.


Registration is now open for the 2011 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17.  This 5 day camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing y ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15.  Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.  Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.  Campers can sign up for all 5 days, or just 2 days, or just one day of Intermediate camp.

Monday & Tuesday is for reading fiddlers/violinists who want to read more tunes. This mini-camp is perfect for fiddlers who want to improve their music reading skills, and for classically trained violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in various fiddling styles. Using sheet music in standard notation, these campers will get to improve their sight reading, and experience the fun of playing fiddle tunes at the same time! Fiddling styles included in the sessions will be tailored to the interest of the campers who register.
Wednesday & Thursday is for fiddlers/violinists who want to learn tunes by ear. This mini-camp is designed to jump-start your ability to pick up tunes quickly by ear, and to make them stick! Tunes used will reflect various styles, meters, tempos, and difficulty levels.
Friday is for fiddlers who "just wanna have fun". This mini camp includes jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, improvising, and playing fiddle related instruments.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at www.greenblattandseay.com.

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at debby@greenblattandseay.com.



KBC Picasso at the Lapin Agile

KBC productions announces that the second play in its winter season, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," opens on Friday, January 22 at Mahoney State Park.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile," is written by Steve Martin.  Most famous for his comedic skits and appearances in many movies and television shows, Mr. Martin wrote the script in 1993.  The comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before Einstein transformed the world of academia with his theory of relativity and before Picasso set the art world on fire with cubism.  This fictional tale sees two geniuses discussing the century's achievements as well as many other fanciful topics.  You will be treated to giggles aplenty and moments of sheer enlightenment.  Staff suggests a PG13 rating for this show.

The show is produced by Kevin Colbert and directed by Katherine Cover, both of Weeping Water.  The rest of the cast includes  William M. Cover II and Timron Gilfert of Weeping Water, Noelle Bohaty, Clay Stevens, Kyle Lorenz, Mellisa Marinovich, Travis Triplett and Grant Covney all of Lincoln; Kevin Holdorf of Manley; and Cynthia Sheldon of Elmwood.

The production runs January 22, 23, 28-30, February 4-6, 10-14 and 18-20.  Curtain times are 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.  A state park sticker or purchase of a day pass is required for entrance into the park.  For reservations, please call Mahoney State Park at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  

Clay Stevens, Noelle Bohaty and Kyle Lorenz all of Lincoln appear in KBC Productions' "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."






The Lofte

The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will hold auditions for "Leaving Iowa" on January 31 and February 1 at 7pm.  The production requires three men and three women.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  The production will be directed by Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.

"Leaving Iowa" is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who decides it is finally time to take his father's ashes to his childhood home.  But when Don discovers that Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father.  The father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don's memories of the annual tortuous vacations of his childhood.

The production will serve as the Lofte's entry in the upcoming Nebraska Association of Community Theaters competition March 18-20.  It will also be the 2011 season opener for the Lofte with performance dates on May 28, 29, June 3-5 and 9-12.

Those with questions in regards to the production should contact Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert at (402) 234-2553.


"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its February 10th meeting at 7:00pm at the Unadilla Community Library at 770 'G' Street in Unadilla, Nebraska.  A presentation titled "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors" will be given to assist researchers in not only locating information about their Civil War ancestors, but also in the procedures of joining the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War."





Elmwood Murdock School Schedule:

1/17/11 C/JV Boys/Girls BB vs. Lincoln Lutheran

1/18/11 10-12 Honor Roll to Lincoln

1/19/11 7-9 Honor Roll to Lincoln

1/20/11 FCCLA Meeting

1/20/11 MS BB vs. Palmyra

1/20/11 Spanish Club Meeting

1/21/11 JV and Varsity Boys/Girls BB vs. Milford -- PARENTS NIGHT

1/24/11 C Team Girls/Boys BB at Palmyra

1/25/11 JV and Varsity Boys/Girls BB vs. Freeman

1/27/11 JV and Varsity Boys/Girls BB vs. Platteview

1/27/11 MS BB vs. Malcolm

1/28/11 JV Boys and Varsity Girls/Boys BB at Palmyra

1/29/11 - 2/5/11 ECNC Basketball Tournament

2/2/11 Beatrice Business Competition

2/3/11 MS Girls BB Syracuse

2/7/11 MS Girls BB Yutan


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