Despite the absence of customary Monday lunch service, a loyal following numbering about two dozen flocked to Eagle Point Sr. Center on Jan. 21. “Our kitchen is technically closed for the MLK, Jr. Holiday,” explained Thrift Store Manager, Nancy Lily. “But, people arrive every Monday morning, to hear our entertainers, The Old Tune Cruisers, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.”
EPSC President, Jerry Zieman, stepped out of his office, and surveyed the faces among the audience regulars. “We have two persons who travel in from Shady Cove,” he noted, “a few from White City, or Eagle Point; some we pick up at Eagle Cove (nearby Assisted Living Facility).”
With over eight years’ experience at the EPSC venue, the musicians these fans came to see also hail from Upper Rogue towns. This trio of performers seems to exemplify optimal fulfillment of retirement years. Husband and wife team, Dan and Carole Nielson sing and play tunes they love, on acoustic guitar, and Yamaha Keyboard, respectively. Yet, they don’t limit their music to the tunes they perform with crooner, Larry Woolsey, who plays electric guitar, and harmonica.
“Dan and I also perform as a duet at various retirement centers either once or twice monthly,” Carole said. “We go to places such as Veranda Park, Anna Maria Creekside, Barnett Woods, Alderwood, and Twin Creeks.”
The Old Tune Cruisers’ repertoire incorporates an interesting blend of songs from the Vietnam era and earlier. “We liked Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Country/Western, 50’s Rock and Roll, a few Gospel, and some old swing tunes,” Dan said.
At the music’s start, the audience tapped their feet to over a dozen numbers including, “Travelin’ Man,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “Six Days on the Road,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.”
The show replete with ear-pleasing, nostalgic melodies and lyrics, also highlighted some outstanding comedic skills the Cruisers interspersed throughout. “It was so cold in the woods near me today, Smokey the Bear stood there saying, ‘Light a fire; light a fire.’”
The crowd giggled at Woolsey’s amusing comment about Dan’s fictitious Uncle.“It’s so sad,” Woolsey said. “He drowned in a vat of beer; came out of it three times to go to the bathroom.”
Zieman, a Air Force Veteran of 21+years, joined the fun in the background. He located an “Applause” sign to wave at the crowd after the first tunes. But If a joke someone told fell flat, he produced another placard reading, “Boo.” On the continuing subject of frigid temperatures, the Director quipped, “It’s so cold that my attorney had his hand in his own pocket.”
Zieman and the staff, cordially invite the public to enjoy the antics, lunch, and pretty songs Monday mornings at Eagle Point Sr. Center, 121 Loto Street. They also feature Bingo games later on Monday afternoons. For more information, please phone 541-826-9404.