Yukking it up in Rockbottom - er, Rockton

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's Saturday morning and here I am, sitting in the red room (yes it is red) of our farmhouse, polishing "The Way Out West" script. I'm sweating the looming Monday deadline, when it is to be presented to the cast of Rockton Dinner Theatre. Suddenly, the telephone rings. 'Hooray, I've been saved by the bell!' I say to myself, figuring that I have a reprieve from thinking funny thoughts. Picking up the headset, my eyes run over the 36 pages taped to the bedroom wall. I welcome the break as I say, "Hello, Karen speaking!"

It is my friend Bev Lisso. The night before we both attended the annual meeting of Rockton Agricultural Society, where we enjoyed a fabulous potluck supper, reviewed the financial year of the association and applauded the achievements of Rockton Fair members.

Bev is very upbeat. "Wasn't last night great? " she enthuses as she recalls the laughter welling up from Eleanor Wood's "Bible Study" presentation of a lifetime membership to Dorothy Sager. She goes on: "Bob Saccomano was so hilarious!" poking gentle fun at outgoing president, Frank Engelbrecht.

Even Bev herself got in on the comedy when she and husband Ken presented the agricultural service diploma to me and my dear husband. "I hope Murray is okay with being called your Centennial project," she worries. I tell her he's fine with that but I don't mention that it might take a little longer for him to get over being called "one of Karen's antiques!"

Our conversation covers our long involvement with agriculture and the community. We recall many poignant, funny and frustrating moments that we have shared. The conversation ends on a high note.

"Laughing together....That's what it's all about!" As I hang up the phone to get back to writing, I am feeling distinctly better than I had before. I am ready to continue poking fun at our neighbours, family, community and country from the twisted perspective of fictional Rockbottom. Regardless of the number of scandals, disasters or failed desserts that cross my path, I am always trying to see if it will work for Dinner Theatre. I am probably the only one who watched the election campaign and kept trying to set it to music! Naturally I arrived at "Happy Trails to You, Until We Cheat Again!"

This year "The Forgotten Line" stagecoach will be stuck in Rockbottom. Perennial favorite, Mickey O'Keefe (Joe Betzner) will round up Big Tex Return, Zero and Mae Westover in a comedy romp through a part of the old west that is definitely politically incorrect.

After Bev's phone call, I quickly pen "If You're Harper and You Know It!" feeling more confident that this is how the west was fun! After all, Bev and I agree, when you're coping with life's challenges, a deep belly laugh may not be a cure-all but it definitely helps!

Karen Hunt is a Troy resident, a wife, a mother, a writer and associate member of Rockton Agricultural Society.

Yukking it up in Rockbottom - er, Rockton

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's Saturday morning and here I am, sitting in the red room (yes it is red) of our farmhouse, polishing "The Way Out West" script. I'm sweating the looming Monday deadline, when it is to be presented to the cast of Rockton Dinner Theatre. Suddenly, the telephone rings. 'Hooray, I've been saved by the bell!' I say to myself, figuring that I have a reprieve from thinking funny thoughts. Picking up the headset, my eyes run over the 36 pages taped to the bedroom wall. I welcome the break as I say, "Hello, Karen speaking!"

It is my friend Bev Lisso. The night before we both attended the annual meeting of Rockton Agricultural Society, where we enjoyed a fabulous potluck supper, reviewed the financial year of the association and applauded the achievements of Rockton Fair members.

Bev is very upbeat. "Wasn't last night great? " she enthuses as she recalls the laughter welling up from Eleanor Wood's "Bible Study" presentation of a lifetime membership to Dorothy Sager. She goes on: "Bob Saccomano was so hilarious!" poking gentle fun at outgoing president, Frank Engelbrecht.

Even Bev herself got in on the comedy when she and husband Ken presented the agricultural service diploma to me and my dear husband. "I hope Murray is okay with being called your Centennial project," she worries. I tell her he's fine with that but I don't mention that it might take a little longer for him to get over being called "one of Karen's antiques!"

Our conversation covers our long involvement with agriculture and the community. We recall many poignant, funny and frustrating moments that we have shared. The conversation ends on a high note.

"Laughing together....That's what it's all about!" As I hang up the phone to get back to writing, I am feeling distinctly better than I had before. I am ready to continue poking fun at our neighbours, family, community and country from the twisted perspective of fictional Rockbottom. Regardless of the number of scandals, disasters or failed desserts that cross my path, I am always trying to see if it will work for Dinner Theatre. I am probably the only one who watched the election campaign and kept trying to set it to music! Naturally I arrived at "Happy Trails to You, Until We Cheat Again!"

This year "The Forgotten Line" stagecoach will be stuck in Rockbottom. Perennial favorite, Mickey O'Keefe (Joe Betzner) will round up Big Tex Return, Zero and Mae Westover in a comedy romp through a part of the old west that is definitely politically incorrect.

After Bev's phone call, I quickly pen "If You're Harper and You Know It!" feeling more confident that this is how the west was fun! After all, Bev and I agree, when you're coping with life's challenges, a deep belly laugh may not be a cure-all but it definitely helps!

Karen Hunt is a Troy resident, a wife, a mother, a writer and associate member of Rockton Agricultural Society.

Yukking it up in Rockbottom - er, Rockton

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's Saturday morning and here I am, sitting in the red room (yes it is red) of our farmhouse, polishing "The Way Out West" script. I'm sweating the looming Monday deadline, when it is to be presented to the cast of Rockton Dinner Theatre. Suddenly, the telephone rings. 'Hooray, I've been saved by the bell!' I say to myself, figuring that I have a reprieve from thinking funny thoughts. Picking up the headset, my eyes run over the 36 pages taped to the bedroom wall. I welcome the break as I say, "Hello, Karen speaking!"

It is my friend Bev Lisso. The night before we both attended the annual meeting of Rockton Agricultural Society, where we enjoyed a fabulous potluck supper, reviewed the financial year of the association and applauded the achievements of Rockton Fair members.

Bev is very upbeat. "Wasn't last night great? " she enthuses as she recalls the laughter welling up from Eleanor Wood's "Bible Study" presentation of a lifetime membership to Dorothy Sager. She goes on: "Bob Saccomano was so hilarious!" poking gentle fun at outgoing president, Frank Engelbrecht.

Even Bev herself got in on the comedy when she and husband Ken presented the agricultural service diploma to me and my dear husband. "I hope Murray is okay with being called your Centennial project," she worries. I tell her he's fine with that but I don't mention that it might take a little longer for him to get over being called "one of Karen's antiques!"

Our conversation covers our long involvement with agriculture and the community. We recall many poignant, funny and frustrating moments that we have shared. The conversation ends on a high note.

"Laughing together....That's what it's all about!" As I hang up the phone to get back to writing, I am feeling distinctly better than I had before. I am ready to continue poking fun at our neighbours, family, community and country from the twisted perspective of fictional Rockbottom. Regardless of the number of scandals, disasters or failed desserts that cross my path, I am always trying to see if it will work for Dinner Theatre. I am probably the only one who watched the election campaign and kept trying to set it to music! Naturally I arrived at "Happy Trails to You, Until We Cheat Again!"

This year "The Forgotten Line" stagecoach will be stuck in Rockbottom. Perennial favorite, Mickey O'Keefe (Joe Betzner) will round up Big Tex Return, Zero and Mae Westover in a comedy romp through a part of the old west that is definitely politically incorrect.

After Bev's phone call, I quickly pen "If You're Harper and You Know It!" feeling more confident that this is how the west was fun! After all, Bev and I agree, when you're coping with life's challenges, a deep belly laugh may not be a cure-all but it definitely helps!

Karen Hunt is a Troy resident, a wife, a mother, a writer and associate member of Rockton Agricultural Society.