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Old-fashioned Fourth of July

Magician and dancers bring fun to Marian Home

July 2, 2010
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

When it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, the Marian Home went all out Thursday evening.

Residents and staff and their families came together to enjoy an evening outdoors with plenty of food and entertainment to celebrate the holiday.

"We look forward to this every year," said Jody Lennon, activity coordinator at the Marian Home. "It's a chance for everyone to be outside and have a good time with the residents, staff and their families."

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Connie Stuhrenberg, left, and her mother Judy Dunn enjoy some time outdoors taking in the entertainment at the annual Fourth of July celebration for residents and staff and families at the Marion Home Thursday evening.

Activities included a lineup of entertainment with magician Larry Dunbar, dancers from Hollingsworth School of Dance and a disc jockey playing plenty of party music to get the crowd ready for the fireworks display that would top off the evening.

The Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond cheerleaders also volunteered their time working the children's games and face painting.

"The cheerleaders are wonderful," said Lennon. "They're really good about volunteering their time."

Decked out in red, white and blue, Marian Home resident Judy Dunn and her daughter, Connie Stuhrenberg, found a spot near the front patio to take in the evening's entertainment. It has become a tradition for Stuhrenberg to come to the celebration every year to spend time with her mother and her aunt, Pauline McIntyre, who is also a Marian Home resident.

"We've come out every year for the past five years," said Stuhrenberg. "It's a great family outing and we enjoy seeing family and friends. The food is absolutely fabulous, too. It's a wonderful evening."

Doris Stewart, a Marian Home volunteer, has also been coming to the celebration for several years. She spent the evening with a close friend, resident Cecelia Mitchell.

"She's my adopted sister," said Stewart. "I've been a volunteer for 17 years and have seen a lot of people come and go, but we love it here. I love everything about this celebration. The Marian Home is absolutely wonderful."

Lennon said between 200 and 300 people attend the celebration, with more attending the fireworks after dark.

"We've given away popcorn for the fireworks in the past and popped 500 bags, and they're always gone," she said.

Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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