Traveling back through the decades |

Traveling back through the decades

“A Step Back in Time” was this year’s theme of the Lake of the Pines Firebelles’ Follies. The men of LOP did not miss this opportunity to show some skin at the variety show held last weekend.

A knobby knee contest took place, and a string of Las Vegas-type celebrity impersonators paraded on stage to compete. Instead of hiking up their trousers to expose their knees, the actors dropped their trousers and shuffled around with their pants around their ankles, flaunting unique selections of boxer underwear. The celebrities represented were varied, from Alfred Hitchcock (Tom Stein) and Jimmy Stewart (Howard Clunn) to Sonny Bono (John Brewer) and Elvis (Mel Pimentel). As it turned out, Dean Martin (Frank Nole) was the winner, and his prize was a smooch from Ruth Buzzy (Pat Wilkinson).

The show spanned a time period starting in the 1970s and traveled decades back to the 1890s. When a time machine malfunctioned, the show moved to prehistoric times, where a ferocious dinosaur threatened the audience. A wacky scientist, played by Roger Martinsen, acted as master of ceremonies.

Another highlight of this year’s Follies was the drum solo by LOP resident Ed Tozer. Ed played as a stand-in drummer with The Ventures, a group that originally recorded the 1960s’ hits “Wipeout” and “Hawaii Five-O.” He brought his talent to the LOP Clubhouse and thoroughly energized the crowd.

Bill and Linda Hefti appeared on stage during the 1940s’ segment. Their performance of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First” was excellent, as was the Burns and Allen comedy skit performed by Arlene and Clyde Armstrong.

There were many talented singers performing in the Follies this year, as well. Lianne Barnes, Jenny Calvert, and Diane Carpenter performed timeless classics for the crowd. Pastor Don Lee shared his talent by performing a Willie Nelson medley. Verne Bagby, Lind Bishop, Steve Mathews and Tony Prowense of the “4T9er 4” barbershop quartet were on hand to bring the 1890s’ segment to life, and Milton Chiarlariello’s banjo added to the vintage entertainment.

This year’s Follies was directed by Charisse Simpson, who was assisted by Jeannie Martinsen. The proceeds from the show will be deposited into the Firebelles’ general fund. The Firebelles use this money to finance community projects.

Another member of our community working hard to make it better is Bill DuBord, volunteer at the Bear River High School library. He asked me to pass along some information regarding the upcoming book sale.

Bill wanted to thank everyone who responded to the request for book donations. There have been thousands of books collected – bestsellers, cookbooks, children’s books, self-help books, and many more. Books will be on sale May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Wagon parking lot at Combie Road and Highway 49. Mark your calendars to get exceptional summer reading material at greatly reduced prices. All money will go directly to the Bear River High School library to benefit our students. Bill would also like to extend a special thank you to the book collection sites, Longs Drugs, Holiday Market and RCI Realty.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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