Main Street: Actors inspire with Out of the Shadows

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Over the weekend I spent a couple of hours being incredibly entertained and inspired at the Out of the Shadows performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” It was my first time to experience a shadow acting program. Within the first few moments I was in awe. The adult amateur actors from Special Needs Recreation were on stage with their shadow actor, who were dressed in black to blend in but to be in close proximity to assist with lines or movement as needed.

It was a fascinating process to witness. But what was even more amazing was the acting and vocal ability of these special needs actors. While everyone on that stage was extraordinary, two who stood out in their performances were Alec Steele in the lead role of Tevye and Sadie Fisher as Hodel. Alec was shadowed by my friend Mike Pearce and appeared in all but two scenes. It was an incredible amount of dialogue to memorize along with the solo vocal performances, and Alec nailed every word and song. Sadie impressed with her beautiful soprano vocals and was a standout in a sea of standouts.

By the time the entire cast took their curtain call, I realized that they had transcended any qualifier like “special needs.” They were all actors. Actors who gifted the audience with their skill and joy of performing, and the magic of experiencing live theatre. Thanks to all!

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On Friday I enjoyed the annual Soroptomists Women of Distinction luncheon at the Cedars Floating Restaurant. A wonderful, unrainy day on the lake in November. Marge Chadderdon and I had dawdled and were among the last to make our way up the ramp to terra firma. Marge spotted a creature on the end of one of the Cedars’ docks, pointing out a coyote ... not one, but two!

We paused midway and I took out my camera to take a photo. We both had to chuckle when we realized they were very realistic but faux coyotes.

This week I called Lynette Baskins, General Manager, to get the story. She said it was frustrating all summer long trying to keep the geese and ducks and seagulls away from the docks and simply to keep the docks clean for guests. She said they’d tried every humane way to discourage the messy pests. In September she searched out solutions online and found the coyotes.

Lynette is beyond happy with the results, although she said she’s been receiving calls from people across the river reporting that there’s “something” on the dock. While the coyotes will come inside to storage this winter, they’ll be back out on dock duty next summer and sure to be even more of a conversation piece.

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What has to be the most unique Garth Brooks story from his series of concerts in Spokane this month comes from Kim Haddock. She and her husband, Randy, stayed at the Davenport Tower on the Saturday night they attended the concert. Kim says after a good night’s sleep, she realized her back had never felt better. Their own mattress was due for replacement, so the Haddocks ordered one of the special Davenport Mattresses right there at the hotel before checking out. It was due to be delivered to their Coeur d’Alene home a few days later.

It seems Garth also stayed at the Davenport and fell in love with the bed. Kim received a call from the company on Wednesday asking if she was agreeable to receiving her new mattress after Thanksgiving.

Evidently Garth bought one, too, and wanted to take it with him. So Kim’s mattress (her name was on it at the loading dock) went home with Garth Brooks.

She joked that not many people can say that Garth Brooks is sleeping in their bed.

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In the three decades plus a year since Bert and I were married, we’ve bought two or three toasters. Small appliance, small amount of thought. Since my husband is a joyful handyman around the house, I’ve become accustomed to having him just fix broken things. When our toaster burned out recently, he decided to replace it. And replace it he did. The candy apple red with chrome model he came home with is quite the small appliance. As a friend described it, it’s the red Corvette version of a toaster. It’s beautiful and matches not a single thing in the kitchen, but only a tool time guy like Bert could find a toaster with a “paint job” to rival any hot rod on the road. The good news is that it makes a respectable piece of toast, too.

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If you’re going to bowl your first perfect 300 game, during a tournament is the time to do it. Nic Riorden did just that over the weekend at the 2017 Idaho State Youth Leaders Jude’ Makinson Open Scholarship Tournament at Sunset Bowling Center in Coeur d’Alene. A few miles away, James Steffensen put up a perfect game of his own during the Swiss Tournament at River City Lanes.

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Big doings in Coeur d’Alene this weekend with the Christmas parade and holiday lighting on Friday night, and the kickoff of Kootenai Health’s Festival of Trees events. And you’ll want to be sure to see the Travolta sisters, Ellen and Margaret, along with Molly Allen, in “Christmas with a Twist,” opening on Friday at The Coeur d’Alene Resort through Dec. 17. The “Traditions of Christmas” show at the Kroc Center opens Dec. 8. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our little corner of the world!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

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Happy birthday today to Dustin Ainsworth, TJ Barnhart, Sam Inman, Kim Anderson, Rodney Duncan, Noel Adam, Tyeson Bennett, Brenda Hanson, Tresa Wheeler and Leland Johnson. Sharing a Thanksgiving birthday this year are David Eachon, his daughter Dana Ortega, Chris Beck, Dennis Hall (70!), Dee Dee Morris, Julia Hopkins, Ronda Mitchell, Stephanie Morrison, Tim Williams and Carol Daniels. On Friday Mike Jarrett, Jeff Morrison, Lisa Black, Jesse Gunderson, Debbie Magnuson (60!), Mike Lindquist and Eric Knudtsen can stick a candle in their leftover pumpkin pie and then hit the Black Friday sales. On Nov. 25 John Cocoran, Sue Thilo, Sue Servick, Kelly Westover, Buck Wilhelm, Mike Reagan and Babette Banducci blow out the candles. Tom Torgerson, Marilyn Fisher (70!), Elijah Ott, Danell Phelps and Sandy Osburn celebrate on Sunday. On Monday Sue Hutter, Ian Martin and Bob Eachon take another trip around the sun. Nov. 28 birthdays belong to Katie King, Cody and Tristan Webb, River Hopkins, Breanna Joyner and Judy Dahl.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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