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This color photograph of the inventor of water skiing, Ralph Samuelson, was taken by Arva Kuam in the 1960s. A gift from Kuam, the photo is now part of the Lake City Historical Society archives.

Entertainment added to Water Ski Days

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Historical entertainment has been added to the Saturday schedule of Water Ski Days activities by the Lake City Historical Society.

From 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Lake City library will be the venue for re-enactments of the lives of three local historical figures and the showing of two DVDs produced by documentary filmmaker Ben Threinen of Lake City.

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"This is a first for this type of program during Water Ski Days," LCHS President Eloise Blattner said. "We hope to make it an annual, integral part of the festivities."

The re-enactors are Jeff Kuznia as water skiing inventor Ralph Samuelson, Marcia Savela as poet Nell Mabey and Dave Close as clammer/button-maker Ed Storing.

Savela has appeared before many area groups to portray all facets of Mabey's life as a journalist, conservationist and poet — but will concentrate on Mabey's locally-inspired poetry.

The DVDs include the 31-minute "Famous Names of Lake City" and a 30-minute production of the most recent Memorial Day cemetery tour sponsored by the historical society.

"Famous Names," nine months in the making, was scripted, narrated, produced and funded by LCHS members. Featured are the Dwelle and Patton families, Ralph Samuelson, Oliver Francisco, Nell Mabey, and Alice Murdoch.

Each component of the program will be presented twice during the four-hour period according to the following schedule: 9:15 a.m. DVD "Famous Names of Lake City;" 9:55 a.m. re-enactments; 10:40 a.m. DVD "Cemetery Tour;" 11:10 a.m. re-enactments; noon "Famous Names of Lake City;" 12:30 p.m. "Cemetery Tour."

The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

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