in 2021 we are
May 7, 2021
Celebrating Aging Through the Performing Arts

 Do April showers bring May Flowers or vice versa? In this topsy-turvy year, it took until May to get the rains to really bloom the April flowers. No matter what, May is a great month of growth and beauty and one that showcases some special days, people, and the Senior Variety Show. 

May starts appropriately with May Day. But think of this word: Mayday or May Day? Mayday as a single word means distress and help and the past year has had its share of Maydays! May Day as 2 words is a day of celebration and sharing time and talents (and secret gifts) with many. Boy, these words epitomize our Senior Variety Show year. Yes, we hit some challenges and a few roadblocks but our response was to enhance our mission and opportunities to showcase senior talents and information through our weekly (now biweekly) newsletter and videos. They have kept us all connected and engaged! And the second detour (no show in 2021) has helped launch SVS “Musical Telegrams” service (see spotlight article below) which will further our reach of showcasing senior talents while also raising funds for senior projects and grants!

Mother’s Day and our mothers also bless the month of May. We are all eternally grateful for the impacts they make in our lives and world. And don’t forget Dads but they get their day in June.

Hopefully, our Senior Variety Show makes similar impacts as May Day and Mother’s Day providing entertainment, impact, and fun in your lives and community! Enjoy May, celebrate, and enjoy the newsletter and showcase video!

So if April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring! Like May Day, put the words together for the answer: Mayflower!! The answer is “Pilgrims”.

Hint for this week's featured Senior Showcase video performance:

                                      Nifty! Nifty! Look who’s sixty!!?   

Two people with big birthdays! Guess who? Watch linked You Tube video and read “Keeping up with folks” below
Make your best guess and hit the hot linked SVS You Tube Channel below to see this week’s Senior Showcase Video and answer (it’s already posted!!)
 “Keeping Up With Folks”
Let’s read how some folks have been spending their time these past months 

Geri Derner: “It's official - I am now old enough to be in the show!” Just got back from a few days in the sand on Ft. Myers Beach to celebrate my 60th birthday. Had planned a cruise with 6 islands, one for each decade, but that was canceled due to Covid. I settled for 6 beaches in a week instead. Sun and sand were great, but I am really glad to be home again!
Marilyn Johnson: As my daughter has been working from home for 14 months and is extra careful with the kids, I have been the stand-in playmate for the 1 and 4-year-old to allow SOME work to be accomplished at least. What a great assignment for me, but boy am I tired at the end of the day!

It is so fun to observe robin's nests, dandelion bouquets, and May basket creations from a pre-school level once again!”
You can send your quarantine projects and ideas to us at and we will share. Building community one project at a time.
Spotlight article: “Senior Variety Show "MUSICAL TELEGRAMS” (coming to a venue near you!)

Musical telegrams have been around for many years. They bring entertainment, joy, and fun to a variety of venues and events. They feature great talents and often raise funds.

In the face of our 2020-21 detours and no Senior Variety Shows (back live in 2022), the Senior Variety Show group has worked hard on our missions of showcasing senior talents and raising funds for senior projects. In 2020, we expanded our visions through our weekly (now biweekly) newsletters, videos, information and fun showcasing seniors and their talents. We’ve also supported a $5000 grant to Story County Freedom Flight in 2021.

Our new addition to enhance our missions in 2021-22 (before next show) are SVS “Musical Telegrams”. This opportunity can surely share and showcase senior talents while also raising funds and having fun (in a very responsible, safe manner during these times). Much planning and consideration has been put into the framework for this and it’s time to launch! Actually, we’ve already got 5-6 gigs to do so we’re flying!
So take a look at and embrace the information on the flyer below. Share it with many others and partake at your favorite event. And enjoy SVS “Singing Telegrams”!!!
Newsletter humor by Steve Bellin:

Mr. Timms was driving down a lonely country road when a heavy snow began to fall. His windows fogged up, and his windshield wiper blades were very worn and soon fell apart! When the visibility was so poor that Mr. Timms could no longer see out of the front of his car, he was forced to stop. 

He then got out and began turning over large rocks. His search resulted in finding 2 frozen snakes. He straightened them out and stuck them flat onto his blades, and they worked just fine.

 Haven't you ever heard of "wind-chilled vipers?"
***Sure glad winter is over (hopefully)! But watch out for snakes!***

What’s better than singing in the rain?