A Wedding at the Monte Ne Amphitheater
February 6, 2006

Ann sat on the retaining wall of the "porch with one drain" while the kids played around and I took photos. I decided that this might be the last time we'd have an opportunity to get an "after" picture of the same pose. Note that several of the columns have been knocked over and removed since 1977. A column has even been knocked over since Christmas. It's still lying there though.

Ann at amphitheater - 1977
Ann at amphitheater - 2006

Ann's mother walked all the way over and up the rocky bank to sit here on the high wall south of the amphitheater. She came on over to get a closer look at the amphitheater after the wedding.

Maurice Jones at amphitheater - 2006

Was this really the first wedding in the amphitheater in 40 years? It could be. The water level has only been this low a few times since Beaver Lake covered the area in 1965. Benton County Justice of the Peace performed the ceremony. The wedding was performed on the "porch with one drain."

Overall View - 2006
The Ceremony - 2006
Signing the Certificate - 2006
Pastor and video cameraman are on the narrow stair.
Happy Couple and JP - 2006

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Friends of Monte Ne!

Can the Friends of Monte Ne be reorganized now that there is such great interest in the lost resort? With proper organization, planning, and fund raising, some nice things could be done in the area by the Lake at old Monte Ne.

  1. The old Oklahoma Row foundation and adjoining area could be cleared and made into a picnic area.
  2. A 1/10th-scale model of Harvey's proposed "pyramid" could be built near the Oklahoma Row tower.
  3. The tower could be restored and a log entry room could be built where the Oklahoma Row used to connect to the tower. The room could serve as the entry to the tower and as a museum and gift shop.

It would help to have someone with connections to the local district of the Army Corps of Engineers, the State Parks Department, and maybe some of the local politicians.

If you're interested, e-mail me at jamesmskipper1141@att.net and I will pass it on to the interested people who live in the area.

Historic Monte Ne CoverFor a definitive picture album/history of the resort at Monte Ne, purchase Allyn Lord's - "Historic Monte Ne" published by Arcadia Publishing in its Images of America series.

Posted: 2/8/06