The Ohnward Fine Arts Center is Taking a Bus Trip to see Miss Saigon Sunday, June 21, 2020
The Ohnward Fine Arts Center is booking a bus trip to see the musical Miss Saigon in Milwaukee at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The date is Sunday, June 21. Please note this is Fathers Day, but might make a neat gift for dad. It is a 1:00 matinee. We will leave from the Ohnward Fine Arts Center’s parking lot at 8:00 AM on that date. We should return around 8:00 PM.
The cost is $125 each. These tickets will be sold first come first serve. No exceptions. Also no refunds will be given after tickets are purchased.
To get your tickets you must CALL the Ohnward Fine Arts Center at 563-652-9815 between 9 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday. Or just stop in.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
Miss Saigon contains some scenes and language which may not be suitable for younger audience members. The production includes strobe lights, gun shots and pyrotechnic effects. We encourage patrons to consider these factors when making their decisions about attending the performance. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Questions can be directed to Richard Hall, executive director at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center at 563-652-9815 or by emailing to Director@ohnwardfineartscenter.com.
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s
The tolling of our church bell quickened our steps as we six children returned from our one-room school on April 2,1917, to find my mother sitting at the kitchen table crying as she told us, “Our country is at war.” She heard this news on our 14-party country telephone’s general ring. The following day our daily paper’s headline was “U.S. Proclaims War.” War had been declared by President Woodrow Wilson.
With only 208,034 men in the army, (the U.S. was unprepared for war. The country had not fought a major war in over 50 years. The military air service had 55 rickety planes and 150 pilots.
The situation was quickly remedied by a draft and the mobilization of industry. Men between the ages of 21-30 went to their voting places to register on June 5, 1917. Newspapers listed their names by county and township.
We had to buy most of our artillery, tanks and ammunition at first from France and Britain. But patriotism was strong. We were out to win this war against Germany.
My two brothers. Harry and Francis, were drafted, and reported to the Army station in Dyersville for a physical examination. Harry failed to qualify as he had had one kidney removed at the age of 14, while Francis came home in tears as he was rejected because of poor vision. They would stay home on the farm to help raise food for the army.
Liberty Bonds were sold in order to finance the war. My father borrowed $200 to buy bonds as he felt troubled that our family was not represented in the armed services. The youngest children filled Liberty Books with 25 cent stamps, helping in a small way to raise $17 billion for the government.
By June of 1918 the U.S. was in full swing with the business of war as factories ran around the clock. Community meetings were held to distribute materials to be made into pajamas and other clothing for the servicemen. My mother could sew 14 pairs of pajamas in one day. She had worked at in Glovers in Dubuque. Yam for socks and sweaters came in large skeins, so we kids held the yam over our wrists while she rolled it into a ball, making it handy for knitting. We also rolled bandages in two and four inch wide rolls.
Women stepped forward to fill the jobs working seven days a week for the duration of the war, doing the work left behind by the boys. They toiled in factories, plowed fields, worked in assembly lines, became traffic cops and held civil service jobs. 11,000 females enlisted in the Navy to become clerks and stenographers.
The government diverted tons of food to the men in the trenches, while at home food was rationed by allotting stamps in accordance to the number in each family. For each 100 pounds of white flour, you were forced to buy 100 pounds of substitutes like com meal, oatmeal, rice, rice flour, pancake flour, etc. Sugar was replaced with molasses, sorghum and honey. Canned food was also rationed. We were fortunate enough to trade meat and butter stamps with the clerks at the store for shoe stamps.
The only way to keep your health
is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.