Monday, September 14, 2009


Last Friday evening I, along with certain members of my family made our way down to SPATS, a cute little bar/eatery on College Avenue here in Appleton. Throughout the summer my brother-in-law, Jim, and his friend, Roger, have been entertaining almost every other Friday outside on the Spatio, weather permitting.

Last Friday, however, was their last "gig" of the summer, so, as always, we enjoyed the weather and the music and lest I forget, the good food. I met Jim 30 years ago when he was playing at the old Red Ox, sitting behind the piano playing and singing. We formed a friendship, the two of us, and the more I got to know Jim, the better I liked him. So much so, that I decided he should meet my sister. He wasn't too keen on a fix up idea, you know, the line that can scare off any guy, "she's got a great personality!" Well, despite his misgivings I did fix him up with my sister and 30 years and two children later, it proved to be a great match.

The attached poem is just a little tribute to his summer's on the Spatio and just how much we enjoyed those Fridays.

By Patty Lynn

Tonight we went to listen to…
Our Jimmy play and sing.
The dusky temps, the company,
The best September brings!

And everyone has come to hear
The Swan Song of these two,
Jim’s keyboard, Roger’s soulful licks,
Familiar tunes, a few.

For Fall is fast approaching now
Soon trees will gorgeous be,
In hues of yellow, orange and red,
Far as the eye can see.

Then Autumn’s here, crisp breezes blow,
Dried leaves lie on the ground,
And if you listen, carefully,
You’ll hear October’s Song.

For now the boys both bid adieu
To all of us who come…
For merriment and music, too,
Good times for everyone.

So Winter you best hurry up,
And Spring, come on, let’s go.
Next Summer we’ll be back to see…
The Jim and Roger Show!!!

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