After all, we are users of these public waters, and it is our RESPONSIBILITY to work both individually and collectively to make a positive difference for our lakes!
So, let's come together on August 8 to celebrate our efforts and at the same time learn how we can make a difference. Joe McGovern's speech during the annual OPA meeting (from 5-6 p.m) is open to the public and will be an opportunity to listen to the thoughts of the President of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
At 7:30, the fun really gets going with a two-hour performance by Big Blue Sky Band. Headed by Jon Stravers, their musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae. In their music they seek a closer connection to the planet, and their musical writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.
Stravers is excited to be bringing Big Blue Sky to Okoboji. He told me in a phone interview, “It’s a beautiful place with wonderful lakes, and its geological significance. I know that people care a lot about the quality of their lakes and take great pride in what the area has to offer.”
Stravers did hint about putting together some special music for the Clean Water Concert. As a songwriter, he is “already thinking about a specific song just for Okoboji!” So that's definitely something to look forward to.
One of the reasons Stravers is coming to Okoboji is his love of the outdoors. Through his environmental work and in his music, it is easy to see that Stravers is a true steward and champion of nature!