FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES
IN EASTLAKE
PART TWO: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
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JB FUNKY
IT'S BACK TO THE CROATIAN LODGE BALLROOM...FOR ANOTHER WUNNERFUL WELK CONCERT!
It's that time of year again, when the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show come to Northeast Ohio as part of the Forever Blowing Bubbles concert series and as always, this webmaster is very excited! This years' show is very special, in addition to seeing friends such as Sally Flynn & Clay Hart, The Aldridge Sisters (Sheila & Sherry) and the Bubbles Blenders (Michael Redman, Greg Dixon, Bob Duncan & Skip Taylor); this will be the first time I get to meet Bobby Burgess and Elaine Niverson Balden for the first time! The show was held at the Croatian Lodge Ballroom in Eastlake, OH (same place as last year) on Wednesday, November 15, 2006; but I had ordered my ticket months earlier in April...knowing that this is going to be a special show. With my ticket and digital camera in hand...dressed in my finest suit, I left my home in Toledo around three o'clock to arrive for the eight o' clock show preceded by the 6:30 dinner provided by the good folks at the ballroom.
While I was up from my table to get a drink from the ballroom's bar, to my surprise...I saw the one, the only Bobby Burgess: Living Legend of Welkdom chatting with some folks outside in the lobby before the show!
Naturally, like any good fan and webmaster would do, I went back to my table, grabbed my camera and when the time came, had a nice conversation with him and was able to take this picture of him. And it is true, he looks very young not just on television, but also in person, which means all those years of dancing with Barbara Boylan, Cissy King and Elaine Balden; plus countless other ladies, is its own fountain of youth!
That was a great indicator of things to come that evening which already got off to a great start.
As the eight o' clock hour approached, I eagerly anticipated the start of the show.
HERE'S A PRE-SHOW DINNER TREAT, BOBBY BURGESS SAYS HOWDY!
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