Thursday, February 27, 2014

Readers Theatre: "Tall Tales, Yarns, and a Tribute to Will Rogers

NKA's Readers Theatre presentation for February was "Tall Tales, Yarns, and a Tribute to Will Rogers."  The program began with "Super Bowl," read by Virginia Kelly,  "The Mule Eggs," read by Sharron Prokschl, "Babe, the Blue Ox," read by Patricia Devenberg, and "The Bunyans," read by Carole Hagler.
"The Legend of Pecos Bill" was shared by readers Lois Wellard, Carol Nelson, Grant Thomas, and Donna Thomas (emoting at right).

"How I Became a Pirate," by Melinda Long, featured Dawn Keller as the narrator, with Jim Mariani as the Pirate Greybeard, and other cast members as pirates, complete with eye patches, tattoos, and sundry other pirate paraphernalia.
To view a video snippet of "How I Became a Pirate," go to:

Jane Riley and Donna Thomas presented bibliographic information about Will Rogers, interspersed with many of Rogers' most famous witticisms.
The rest of the afternoon's program included:
Linda Smith: "The Elephant's Child" by Rudyard Kipling
Grant Thomas: "The First Deer" by Patrick McManus
Georgie Russell: "The Night Grandma Shot Shorty"
      by Patrick MacManus
Carol Nelson: "No Nursing Home for Me" (anonymous)
Marg Griffin: "The Duel" by Eugene Field
Jim Mariani rounded out the afternoon's entertainment with an a cappella rendition of "The Scotsman's Song."

The next Readers Theatre performance will be on March 27, 2014. The Continuing Education Building will be open during ISU's Spring Break.

We hope to see you all there!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Quilts Gone Crazy!

Instructor BJ Sandusky and her Crazy Quilt quilters recently finished three two-hour sessions of quilting art and magic.

BJ (far left, above) has been making crazy quilts since 1998 and perfecting her art by taking classes and teaching others.
Marilyn Ames, one of BJ's students says: "BJ's enthusiasm is infectious, and everyone is loving the class. BJ is an expert fiber artist and a terrific teacher. This is a series of classes filled with fun and inspiration! Thanks, BJ!"
So, just what makes a quilt "crazy?" First, BJ shows her quilters how to coordinate a selection of eye-catching fabrics and attach them to foundation pieces. 

Some machine stitching is employed, as well as hand stitching. Embroidery stitches are used to secure the seams.
Finally, the fabric is embellished with other items such as buttons, beads, and trinkets.
BJ also provided a handout of other crazy quilt patterns so her quilters could continue to experiment at home.
Go Crazy Quilters!

NKA Around the World

News of NKA's activities is spreading across the globe! Our organization was recently mentioned in a blog post on, which is a person-to-person postcard exchange website with over 455,000 members from 217 different countries around the world.
Last month, Postcrossing's ambassadors, "The Little Mail Carriers," flew into Pocatello from Germany, and an account of their visit--along with photos--is posted here:

One of the things that becomes clear when you participate in is that people in other countries are quite interested in the daily lives of average Americans. The day after Postcrossing's blog post, the number of views ("hits") on our own NKA blog soared.