Boldness, be my friend
Mounted on a noble steed and dressed as an Elizabethan bard, complete with flowing, turquoise cape and jaunty feathered hat, Wenatchee High School sophomore Dane Gillin asked his girlfriend Justine Roelle to next Saturday’s homecoming dance.
“Surely you jest,” some might say, but it’s the truth. And the fair Lady Justine, a freshman, said yes.
Dane’s dad Kelly Gillin says the two have been going out for a few months. His son had been pondering creative options.
The Shakespearean idea won out over filling Justine’s room with balloons and expecting her to pop each one until she found the one balloon with a message inside. Good call, probably.
Dane borrowed his Uncle Tony’s horse, Darby, and a Short Shakespeareans’ costume and hoofed it over to Justine’s home.
The pair will join a few other couples for dinner and the evening dance. Dane then will read a soliloquy he composed in iambic pentameter. (Just kidding on that last part.)
Beat the drum
That woman beating the drum at the Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field Sept. 22 was none other than Wenatchee’s own Kathy Welsh.
The Pioneer Middle School secretary, her husband Tim Welsh and their sons Cody and Caleb, were strolling by vendors’ exhibits before game time and innocently enough entered their seat numbers in a raffle for an autographed game ball and two $100 gift cards from Safeway.
Sure enough, Kathy won.
A man walked up to the family when they were already seated to break the news.
“He said, ‘In about 10 minutes we’re going to come out and get you, and see that huge drum up there? You’re going to come up and beat it and get the crowd all stirred up,” Kathy said Wednesday. “I wasn’t that thrilled, but my boys were, especially about the ball.” The drum, which Kathy describes as “about the size of a queen-sized bed” is at the very top of the stands, near where the team’s Blue Thunder drum corps perform. She borrowed her son’s Seahawks jersey to look good on the field’s jumbo screen, followed the man to the top and dutifully pounded. The crowd went wild.
Kathy got a game ball autographed by Seahawks defensive end, Chris Clemons, No. 91.
“Everyone was much more excited for me than I was for me,” she said. “The most fun was how excited my kids were, even though they are 22 and 28. They were, ‘We have the coolest mom, ever!’”
She’s now in the market for a glass case to keep the ball away from the grandkids.
Judi Rainwater is probably best known among her many customers here as a hair stylist who recently retired after 29 years in the salon at J.C. Penney. But she’s the daughter Marvin Rainwater, an internationally known country music and rockabilly chart topper from the 1950s.
Her father died suddenly of heart failure Sept. 17 in Minneapolis at age 88. He leaves behind a lot of memories for Judi, now 65.
“I used to run home from school and slide across the linoleum so I could watch him on the Dick Clark show,” Judi recalls of her father, whose Native American-sounding last name moved him to perform in Indian dress, even though he wasn’t a Native American.
Trained as a classical pianist, Rainwater switched to country music after losing a thumb in a shop accident and took up the guitar.
“Somebody encouraged him to go on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout show. That was like American Idol today, and he won,” Judi said. From that he got a record contract.”
His singing and song-writing career led to hit songs including “Gonna Find me a Bluebird” and “Whole Lotta Woman.” Roy Clark, a country music entertainer of the year, was once Rainwater’s backup guitarist, Judi said. Her dad also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and performed with Patsy Cline and Connie Francis.
Later in life, Rainwater and his wife retired to Aitkin, Minn., where they lived in a lake cabin he built himself. He was gardening the day he took sick and required an emergency surgery and a follow-up surgery that resulted in heart failure.
Judi and her brother Jim are Rainwater’s children from his first marriage. Both flew to Minnesota to sing at their father’s hospital bedside shortly before he died.
“I’ll most remember his performances on stage. He was so funny,” Judi said. “He always had the funniest sense of humor and a huge, huge garden.”
This week’s Worm was compiled by World reporter Christine Pratt. Have a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org