After the paddle, folks came to our Big White Barn for
the Music Fest. Jan Wilbeck (Kevin's mom) and Rachel Sacco (Rippey neighbor) helped greet guests and
dispense tickets. Susan Heathcote (IRR board member) sold t-shirts. Chris Henning arranged the dinner specifics with Lidderdale
Country Store Catering. Friend Carol Sieck helped with the setup. The menu included BBQ beef sandwiches, potato
salad, baked beans, chips, brownies and bars. Yum! Local Greene Bean coffee and Deal's Orchard apple cider quenched the thirst of guests.
Afterwards, Jon Stravers and Big Blue Sky performed to the crowd that mingled inside and outside the barn. They played their song "Coyote Love,"
a favorite of ours and our now-official theme song for Camp Coyote.
The official headcount at our place that night was 110 people! Young and old joined us for a beautiful
night chatting with friends and listening to great music under the stars.
That night, as I lay in bed trying
to get to sleep after all the excitement and fun of the day, I heard some coyotes yelping from afar. I think they approved
and agreed that it was a rockin' good time!
George Naylor, event planning volunteer (right), chats with Greene County neighbors Rich & Reagan Osborne.
Nancy & Dale Hanaman and the Roberts from Rippey. Gail Peckumn joins them.
Mike Delaney, Raccoon River Watershed Association chair (center) sells t-shirts to neighbors Carol & Allan
Sieck (right) and their out-of-town guest from Chicago, Lyn Schuler.
Robin Fortney, Chris Henning and I finally stop for a pose at the end of the night.
Jerry Peckumn, IRR board chairman, is all smiles about the event's success.
The next day, Robin Fortney accepts the final check from Tom & Kira Ahart of Des Moines.
After closing the cash box, a short bandit tries to take the loot.
He is not successful.
Robin leaves with her canoe on top, cash in hand, and good memories.Thanks to everyone who
came to the event and made it memorable!
Thanks, Robin, for hatching the idea with us for this crazy fun event!
What can we say, but "you're the best!"
Thanks - Chris Henning, George Naylor, Jerry Peckumn - for
being great planning partners!
Thanks - Jan Wilbeck, Rachel Sacco and Carol Sieck - for your
help that night!
Thanks, Allan Sieck, for sharing the string of lights and all the other cool "stuff"
you send our way!THANKS Iowa Rivers Revival Board and Roz Lehman, Executive Director, for
your support, help & belief in this idea!
Thanks, too, for all the work you do to keep our rivers clean &