Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Walk

On October 30th, six NKA members braved temperatures in the lower 30s and walked the Abraszewski/Simplot trail. They reported that the autumn sky and sunshine, as well as the area and local water fowl, made a great start to their day.  
Photos and text submitted by Liz Benson.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Field Trip: Plant Breeding and Genetics

NKA members visited the USDA's National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility in Aberdeen. Research leader Mike Bonman and his staff described the agricultural research conducted there. 
The NKA visitors learned about how potato breeders produce nutritious new spud varieties, the eco-friendly trout feeds developed by scientists, methods for combatting new plant diseases threatening global production, and our agricultural heritage present in the facility's National Small Grains Collection.
Photos submitted by Jim Mariani.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Line Dancing Beginners

Sue Cramer and Kay Elsathagen teach "Line Dancing Beginner 1" at the United Congregational Church.  "Guys and gals, come enjoy the FUN of line dancing and get some exercise, too!"
Photos submitted by Jim Mariani.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tour of Gipsy Garden

A large group of NKA members braved a light rain to tour Gipsy Garden on South Grant in Pocatello. 

The tour was led by owner Camille Hanks (above left), who started the garden in 1997 and still lives in the small home on the property. 

The attendees were impressed by how lovely the garden was, even this late in the season. 

Camille not only gave names to some familiar and many exotic plants, but also explained how she accomplished so much at very little expense on her plot of a little less than a half-acre.

For several years Camille operated a nursery on the site, but lately has just kept up the garden for her enjoyment and the pleasure of her many friends.  She amazed the class by pointing out that with the way she has organized the plantings and the irrigation system, maintenance of the garden has only required some 23 hours of her time this year. That will increase somewhat as she brings inside for the winter several types of plants and the pet doves in the large cages around her yard.
Above photos and text submitted by Roger Harrer.
Photos and text below submitted by Marilyn Ames.
Camille gave us some of her personal history in gardening, shared many tips and ideas, and was very generous with her time. We all had a great time.
Everything in her garden shows Camille's love of design and nature. Her repurposing of everyday objects adds whimsy and delights all visitors to her garden.
The cool, damp weather did not dampen our enthusiasm as we explored the fascinating layout of lovely, unique, and sometimes rare trees and plants interspersed with Camille's own creative sculptures.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Murder Under the Big Top

The NKA spring semester finished with another excellent who-done-it participation mystery facilitated by JoAn Dilweg. Cast members arrived in costume to get their final assignments and clues.
Yikes! The Big Top went black, and there was a commotion! When the lights came back on, the awful deed was done, and the culprit was revealed.
Actors collected awards for costuming, acting, most money gained through any means possible, etc.. After a rollicking great time, the cast gathered around JoAn for a few cast photos.
P.S. Can you guess which clown was the murderer?
Thanks, JoAn, for all the fun and good times!

Photos and text submitted by Marilyn Ames

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Much Ado About Murder

On April 1st, all the ingredients of a deliciously-frightening murder mystery --lightning, thunder, weird sounds, screams in the dark--came together for the performance of "Much Ado About Murder," directed by facilitator JoAn Dilweg.

This play, presented by NKA actor-members, added the fun of the audience's participation in solving the crime.
Diane Bilyeu (above) played the role of "Mr. Hawker," a sinister master of ceremonies who tells the audience--using a series of flashbacks--about the events surrounding the murder.
During an intermission, the audience was invited to view the clue-rich scene of the crime.
Near the end of Act II, Mr. Hawker gave the audience a chance to question the characters.
Carol Nelson (above right) played "Lillian De Monde," an aging actress with information about the crime.
A good time was had by all...excepting the victim, of course!

Photos submitted by Marilyn Ames