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Dancin' On the Lemon Grass Part Two
by Don Doman

Great music, great dancing, great food, great weather, and great friends.On Friday June, 18, 2004 we traveled to Olympia to eat at the Lemon Grass Restaurant (212 4th Street) and attend a performance of Dancin' In the Streets at Harlequin Productions in the State Theatre. We had such a nice time, we decided to try it again when we heard that the production run had been extending.

We ended up with a party of fifteen on a scorching Saturday afternoon. Donn and Debbie Irwin volunteered to drive their van and take five passengers with them (Don and Peg Doman, Vickie Pratt, and Rob and Vickie Erb). The Erbs invited the van party over for snacks and refreshments in the heat.

Pineapple wine.When the Irwins visited Hawaii in April I asked Donn to look for a bottle of sparkling pineapple wine that was recommended by a friend. The Irwins along with John Reding and Nan Peele scoured the 7-11 stores and other fine wine establishments but couldn't find Hula O'Mauii. I repeated the story every chance I got, "Donn asked if he could bring me back anything . . . and all I asked for was a bottle of sparkling pineapple wine." When Barb Hiatt heard the story, she retrieved a bottle from a trip to California and presented it to Don. The 98 degree weather seemed like a wonderful time to try out the wine. The opinions? It was better left as a story, which is kind of what Barb had said, too.

Dinner once again was at the Lemon Grass and this time we all got there pretty much on time. We ordered appetizers and entres enough to over fill everyone. By the time we were finished with the excellent food and few beers, we were hot and ready for a nap . . . maybe two naps. After dinner while some people stayed inside waiting for the restrooms, most of us went outside where a slight breeze was beginning to cool things off . . . a little. We walked the three short blocks to the State Theatre and the temperature dropped as the wind increased. By the time we went for our seats it was pleasant outside. Inside, the theater was air conditioned.

The first time I had seen the Harlequin Productions' Dancin' In The Streets I was very pleased. The second time it was even better. Excellent performances were punctuated by "Wow!" One singer had to be replaced (family matters) and his replacement was every bit as good. Amazing.

Frank Eliott had the very cute Raney Burson sit in his lap and then later he was invited up for the finale to do some dancin' on the stage. Peg Doman was sung to by Steven Taylor and Rob Erb was serenaded by Cristy Havens. Everyone had a wonderful time and went away humming and singing. I think we will do this again next year. Harlequin Productions has scheduled another Motown Review called Dancin' In The Aisles for next June. It sounds like a winner!


Ice team, root beer and real beer on the way. Donn and Debbie's daughter-in-law Sue, son Shawn, and Steve Smith's friend Steve.


Don's friend Vickie and Donn Irwin. Steve Smith, and Donn and Debbie's friends Steve and Karen Ancich.


Frank Elliot passing egg rolls to wife Karen. Frank laughing and eating.


Steve trying to cool off with a beer. A handsome dancin foursome cooling off outside the Lemon Grass.


Steve and Peg relaxing after the meal. Rob wanted a nap, but settled for a massage.

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