The day trip to Clear Lake and Mason City, last Thursday, turned out to be a great success for 27 Nevada Seniors. When I started planning this trip, a couple months ago, I hoped that it would bring back some nostalgia for folks of our generation and that we would have good weather for safe travels. The weather cooperated that day and when I listened to people visiting with each other, I heard lots of stories about music, dancing and movies in the 50’s and 60’s.
Several in our group had never been to the Surf Ballroom, so learning about its rich history and the fact that it is still hosting concerts was most interesting. Our host, Nikki, told us that Waylan Jennings son would be playing there this past weekend. The original Surf was built in 1933, where it was one of the premier ballrooms in Iowa. Like many other buildings in those days, it burned in 1947 was rebuilt in 1948 on its present site. When it needed major repairs in the 90’s contractor Dean Schneider purchased it and restored it back to its original glory.
After leaving the Surf our group ate lunch at Clear Lake’s beautiful Central Gardens. Our delicious chicken salad sandwiches and other items in our sack lunches were prepared for us by Oakwood Care Center, which is owned by the same corporation as Nevada’s Rolling Green. It was a little cool yet at noon so I was glad that we had reserved one of the Garden’s beautiful buildings. Condos are currently being built on the edge of the gardens which made us decide that it would be a great place to live.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a visit to "Music Man Square" in Mason City. If you have never been there, I think you will be surprised at the complete history of Meredith Willson and exact replica of the movie Music Man. Be sure to have plenty of time to visit the museum and his boyhood home.
A quick stop at the Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in Mason City completed our day and we were all ready to relax on the ride back home in the bus and van provided to us by Rolling Green Village. We want to say a big "thank you" to Randy and Ed who were our drivers for this very fun day. Also to Andrea Robinson, Marketing Director, at Rolling Green for all of her assistance in helping me plan this trip.