First things first, from the Random-Act-Of-Kindness, file.
Sheridan’s Rib and Chop House, right here on Main and Fifth streets. will be offering free Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food will be served on a first-come basis. For additional information, call 673-4800.
Wyoming ARTSCAPES magazine has a good story in the current issue about our WYO Theater. The story profiles the growth, expansion and local support of the theater. Next Tuesday, there’s a big hoorah, deservedly so, for the opening and dedication of the Whitney/WYO/College addition of the WYO Performing Arts & Education Center. It’s 5:30 p.m. and is free. The public is encouraged to attend.
The WYO has morphed from a “Save the WYO” campaign to renovations of the main 483-seat vaudeville style playhouse and construction of the Mars Theater and now classrooms and a more welcoming lobby and box office. Three distinctly different venues. Time was, there were eight to 10 performances annually inside; nowadays, more than 30 with top entertainment. Beautiful buildings and an anchor along Sheridan’s lively Main Street.
Good to read in Tuesday’s Press how Fly Sheridan/Denver Air Connection reached 10,209 enplanements in order to secure federal funding. Noteworthy, too, is how the planes had a 95 percent flight passenger capacity for the free scenic flights offered last week. DAC is on time, with spotless aircraft, comfy seats and plenty of snacks. It’s a valuable commodity to Sheridan and Johnson counties.
Dale Hall dropped a note the other day. He’s the human resources manager for the Allen Keller Co. of Fredericksburg, Texas, a major paving and concrete company in the beautiful Hill County. Dale lived here for 20 years, working at the sheriff’s office and Kennon Products and we would talk baseball. (He’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan.) If you’ve flown out of Sheridan’s airport, you’ve likely noticed Dale’s model planes on display in the terminal.
His son, Ethan Hall, is a senior at the University of Wyoming and is the sergeant major of the ROTC corps of cadets in Laramie. He was in charge of the Bronze Boot run last week as the Cowboys defeated Colorado State, 16-13, in the Border War. The younger Hall graduated from Sheridan High School in 2014, is majoring in criminal justice and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant come May. He wants to pursue service to his country as an Army pilot, so says his proud dad.
Tom Warnke has a new diorama on display, “The Battle of the Hundred in Hand,” aka the Fetterman Fight. It’s a stunner and located in the computer area of the Fulmer Public Library, one of 24 dioramas from Tom. The large display is shown with a mural by Connie Robinson. The display comes with a nifty pamphlet explaining the battle and the process of building a diorama. More than 70 people and businesses were involved in support. It can be viewed during library hours.
The Notebook’s fond of corny jokes.
• President Bill Clinton is sitting in the Oval Office on the first day. A staffer walks by and notices the president with his feet on the desk, wearing just one shoe.
“Mister President, did you lose a shoe?” he asks.
“Nope,” he replies, asserting his rural Arkansas roots, “found one.”
• Two men are about to be executed and the warden asks them if they have a last request. The first man speaks up.
“I would really like to hear my favorite song, ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ one last time.”
“And what would you like?” the warden asks the second man.
“Shoot me first.”