Jack Gladstone a big hit in Helena.

April 19 was a red letter day at the Myrna Loy theater in Helena.  AARP rolled out an appreciation for volunteers of all types and 260 people showed up for the reception and concert.  The highlight of the event was announcing the 2018 search for nominations for the Andrus Award for Community Service.  This award highlights the work of volunteers and is open to all volunteers – no paid volunteers (even receiving a stipend) please.  The new twist for the past year has been that this is not just for AARP volunteers and if an organization submits the winning volunteer application, AARP will give that organization $1,000 for their efforts.

Of course, the focus of the event was the Jack Gladstone concert.  Jack was dubbed the Montana Troubadour by Governor Schweitzer and the name has stuck.  He kicked off the concert with “Heart of Montana” which is the song he wrote for and sang at the lighting of the Montana White House Christmas tree a few years ago.  Jack sings a variety of songs which deal with the cultural history of Montana.  He wears a Husky Rose Bowl ring as a member of the Husky squad that beat the Trojans in the Rose Bowl with Warren Moon at the helm.  Jack has for 34 years hosted concerts during the summer in Glacier National Park.  Below see one of the songs he sang at the concert as was part of his PBS special.  He wrote this song the day his grandmother was buried.

Speak to Me Grandma

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