On Golden Pond at Winneshiek Playhouse

FREEPORT—Meet Ethel and Norman Thayer, returning to their 44th summer on Golden Pond. He is nearly 80, failing memory, failing heart, and sharp-as-ever tart tongue. She is 10 years younger, and proves opposites attract.

Enter their divorced, middle-aged daughter, who brings her dentist fiancé and his teen-age son. Norman is eager to teach this “grandchild” what they’ve longed for, taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him. But it is Norman who becomes the student. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and the aging couple, drawn even closer together, wonder if there will be another summer for them on Golden Pond.

The classic and touching On Golden Pond performs at Winneshiek Playhouse on the following dates: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 15-16; and Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 21-23.

Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m., although patrons are advised to be at the box office before 7:15 p.m.

Call (815) 232-6718 or (815) 232-7023 for reservations. Be prepared to leave your name, your membership level (if applicable), the date you wish to attend, and the number of seats you are reserving. (If there are other members in your party, include their names as well). Also mention any seating preferences.

The Winneshiek Players is at 228 W. Clark (corner of Clark and Walnut) in Freeport. Parking is available in the municipal lot one block south of the theater.

From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue

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