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     Anita, Iowa....."What a wonderful weekend we had in Anita at the Oak Tree Opry," says Bob Everhart the mover and shaker behind the little performance center in Anita, Iowa.  "We had full houses both Friday and Saturday night for our SpringFest, and our Saturday matinee and Sunday gospel show were well attended too.  The publisher of the Anita Tribune even came on Friday night, so that was an extra treat.  The shows were just magnificent, good old-timey entertainment like it used to be. Not loud, very good players and singers, and we even give young people a chance to perform for an appreciative audience.  Calvin Duhacek the 13-year old rag-time piano player and Riley Jensen the  pretty 12-year old lass who played guitar and ukulele were super.  What a special treat.  All of our performers, over 25 of them including the little French singing dog LeMar, performed really well.  We noticed that the Anita Tribune publisher was very pleased with the singing dog, even humming along."
     "I think we raised enough money to get some materials to fix the roofs on both the Oak Tree and the Pioneer Music Museum," Sheila added, "we just need to find some 'muscle' to help us get it properly installed.  Bob has a plan, we'll see if it works.  We were so impressed to receive two dozen beautiful red roses from Bob Duff who used to live in Anita.  He lives in California now, and he's a tremendously busy guy, but he took time out of his schedule to send us some beautiful flowers and best wishes on our first show of the season.  He knows we have a great time at the Oak Tree, and this year's season is a real treat.  Some of the new folks in the audience that came this past weekend marveled that we are able to do these kind of shows for $7.  We do, but we have several coming up that are so high on the 'pro' list we have to charge $10.  The Roys from Nashville are going to be with us on Friday, April 26, for a special show before they go to Denmark for some concerts.  It will cost $10 to see them, show starts at 7pm, but they are one of the best acoustic traditional country and bluegrass bands working out of Nashville.  It's a brother and sister, and that kind of vocal harmony just can't be beaten.  We know, because the Everly Brothers grew up learning how to do that sibling harmony right here in Iowa."
     "I don't know about dad," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added.  "Just because he pays for something around 2pm and then lets us eat it later doesn't exactly make a budget lunch.  He says it does because that's when he pays for it, but I have to admit, it's a pretty good lunch no matter when you eat it.  Mom has one of those old time hot-dog & polish sausage roasters at the Oak Tree.  She sells out all the time, so of course dad had to pay for ours, but they are so good, and there's a steamer on the roaster too so the buns are always steamy fresh, and I really like them. I like to put mustard and a little sweet pickle relish on mine, and I like the polish sausages more than the hot-dogs, but dad eats both of them.  We can do that and have some popcorn and some soft drinks and a great big Snickers candy bar and still have three meals for less than $20.  Yep, I'd have to say that's a great budget lunch."

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