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'Surf's Up' exhibit makes waves at R'n'R museum

Thursday, January 26, 2006

It may be winter, but the "Surf's Up" in the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Museum.

On display for the first time is Tom Tourville's collection of Surf band memorabilia. The display includes numerous items such as a surfboard, autographed albums, pick guards and drum heads. Also on display are signed guitars by the Beach Boys and Dick Dale, premier Surf guitarist in the country.

"We have a fabulous collection,"said Doris Welle of the Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum. "There are three hand painted posters. When you walked into the ballroom in those days there was always an easel with a poster announcing the entertainment. They are one of a kind."

Surf bands noted in the display include Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, the Tornadoes, the Astronauts, the Routers, the Chantays, Ronny & the Daytonas and the Rip Chords.

Surf those winter blahs away, meandering down "memory lane" of some of America's favorite music. Those memories are guaranteed to make you forget about the weather outside.

"I think this exhibit is extra special because it's the middle of the winter here," said Welle. "The snow flies. The wind blows, It's icy. You can look at this exhibit and think summer. "

In the years past, surf movies and television shows were very popular.

"Surf music was just a special part of our history."

A special exhibit of surf music memorabilia will be on display from Jan. 20 through Feb. 20. During the University of Okoboji Winter Games, the museum will be open extended hours.

Saturday, Jan. 28 the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. Tourville will be present to answer questions and explain how he acquired so many of his collection pieces from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Only on the campus of the University of Okoboji can you find sand and surf immortalized during the short, dark, cold days of winter. Regular museum hours are 11 am. to 5 pm. Monday thru Friday.

In addition to the surf display, a surf band called Baja out of Minnesota will be playing at the free Rock the Roof concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 after the chili cook off during Winter Games. "Baja is one of the premier surf music bands," said Welle. "We'll give a prize to the person with the best surfing outfit that night."

Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50's from Des Moines and BB & The Bullfrogs from the Lakes Region will also be playing the free Rock the Roof concert.

The Winter Games Rock the Roof is sponsored by Northwest Federal and the Iowa RockNRoll Association.