Hogan and Kranz perform at the Golden K meeting
By JOAN JOUPPI
For The Daily News
KINGSFORD — The last Monday of September started out to be wet, dreary and rather depressing. The Golden K members taking things in stride turned the day into a bustling get-together.
Orice Walters brought the group to attention with the ringing of the bell. That was the cue for Alyce Derwinski and Don Pedo to begin the singing. Cranking out “oldies” got everyone into a carefree mode. Coffee perking, doughnuts on their way to the tables, the weather didn’t seem matter anymore.
Welcoming guests Crystal Hogan and Dawn Kranz, wishing a happy birthday to Alyce and handing over the 50-50 winnings to Dr. Paul Jacobs just added the proverbial “frosting on the cake” (or doughnut ) to a Golden K Monday morning.
Walters, program chairwoman, gave this “Thought for the Day” — a quote from Frederic Chopin, “Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except possibly two.” She introduced Crystal Hogan and Dawn Kranz, both retired music teachers and both guitar players. As their music filled the room, this quote became fitting.
The duo are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Hogan taught at the Kingsford High School for many years, and Kranz taught for many years at the Norway High School. Both ladies shared friendship and a love for music throughout their working careers.
Upon retiring, they found ways to continue sharing their music. Church, praise groups, and community chorus lead them to think about forming a duet. Playing and singing together seemed a good fit. They have been able to bring their varied repertoire to many diversified audiences.
Singing and playing several songs delighted the Golden K members and had several tapping their toes or humming along. “People Gotta Be Free,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” “Sea Of Love” and “Love Me Do” brought a warm happy feeling to the club. Finishing with “You’re A Grand Old Flag” had everyone singing along. These two ladies have performed around the area for various events and always leave their audiences wanting more. Two ladies, two guitars and music that will brighten any day — it doesn’t get any better than that.
There are two gentlemen, Golden K members Dr. Paul Jacobs and Duane Barnard, who have undertaken a project specifically with young children in mind. They are looking for anyone who has fishing poles they no longer use.
They plan to refurbish the poles and/or equipment and distribute them in spring 2020. Plans are being formulated as to when and where this will take place. For now, they would like donated fishing poles brought to any GK Monday meeting. They will work on fixing them during the winter.
Their hope is to furnish working fishing equipment for those children who would like to fish but have no equipment to do so. Girls and boys alike grab their bikes, fishing poles and head for the nearest lake ready to bring home the “big one.” Making summer memories that last a lifetime. Spending the day on the lake in the boat with dad and sometimes mom brings family time to a whole new level.
The next Golden K meeting is scheduled for Monday.The Golden Throats will sing Tuesday at ManorCare.