We attended the Seward Senior Center St. Patrick's Day Party last evening. These lassies served up a delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner. The decorations and entertainment were also special. Lonnie Piitz, a farmer/entertainer from Brainard, NE, had the crowd of over 40 people in the palm of his hand. He played a Piano accordion, sang and also talked. It was all good entertainment. We hadn't heard him before so as he was setting up, I asked him if he had known a Leonard Piitz who played saxophone with the Ernie Kuceria Orchestra and it was his uncle. I remembered him from years ago.
Leonard played "saxaphobia" as a solo with the big Polka bands and it was always a highlight. Lonnie also has a big band and he says they still play it. He told of farming 1,000 acres in the Brainard/David City area in addition to his entertainment activities. He had been at Brookdale care facility here in Seward earlier in the afternoon. He told of meeting his wife at a Polka dance at Pla-mor some years ago and their having 4 daughters between the ages of 12 and 3. He also told of having had an acid reflex problem a few years ago and temporarily loosing his voice. I think many of the elderly widows liked him like a grandson. I must admit that even Elaine and I enjoyed the evening more than many things we have attended recently. (We must be getting old or something).