Sharon Iltis Blog

Welcome to My Website

Welcome to my 3rd website!  With the Pandemic of 2020 going on and turning 65 I've had plenty of time to come to grips with my Singing Pursuits. And of course I had to reach back into my younger years to focus in on Why do I work so hard on singing?. Well, I'm going to stop asking myself that question because it is just what I do and my spirit loves to sing.   I was raised listening to "Big Band" music, watching the Lawrance Welk Show and dreaming of singing like Debbie Reynolds in "How The West Was Won".

One of my greatest Joys is singing with accomplished Musicians in environments with good acoustics. I started singing and being in theater productions in Grade school. I was Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance in high school and even I was surprise I could hit the high notes to "Poor Wandering One". After that I always set performance challenges for myself no matter what the venue, pure and simply because it was exciting and the more I did it the better I got.   Being a Live performing Artist takes lots of work and close attention to sound, equipment, lyrics, venues, audience...not to mention pitch, performance, set lists and rehearsals.

I'm excited to get up on the Stage of Historic Theaters and put all my years of work into "The Sharon Iltis Show". So now it's time to "Giddy-up and Go"....hope your day is going well and hope you enjoy my new website.

Singing Star Spangled Banner

For many years I have had the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner during the Ceremony by the American Legion Post 451 to the Main Street of Boulder Junction, WI. This year there wasn’t a parade because of The Covid Pandemic, however as you see in the video there was an amazingly timed vintage plane fly over.......I love this small town of 700 people nestled into the center of The American Legion State Forest where I lived and raised my children for 25 yrs. This State Forest is a true gem with the 2nd largest concentration of Kettle Lakes in the World. These kettle lakes were formed as the Wisconsin glacier receded . Because this area is so fragile the community has been vigil in protecting its lakes and Natural beauty, by encouraging silent sports so everyone can hear the Loons Calling. Not to leave out that Boulder Junction is also the Musky Capital of The World.

10,000 Dandelions

             I yanked on the old door stuck, stuck probably because of too much old layers of paint, opening I took in  a gigantic

whiff of the sweet smell of azalias, my mom was a gardener. There was a Robins nest and I knew then and there that the mom was

mad and wanted to get to her eggs. Getting the door open was one thing, I had to get through without snagging my foot on the old piece of

copper something. By this time there was a symphony of birds. With all my might I slammed the door shut, oh well, turned and carefully

stepped off the old concrete slab and onto the fossil  steps. Careful not to step in the muck under the pin oak tree, I made it to 

the grape arbor, past the bird bath , all the way to the Barn. Opened the folding barn doors. Zeke was there, a big buckskin horse with a white blaze on his forehead. His neck looked like the hump of a camel and his mane was short and stubby except for a bunch near the saddle

to hold onto . He was big and after he chewed up  his oats and hay I stood in the hay bin holding a sugar cube in the palm of my hand

with the bit in it, the left one. With my right hand I held the top of the bridle. Once Zeke opened his mouth to get the sugar I shoved the

bit into his mouth while at the same jumped up, put the bridle over his ears...on! Wow, what an adventure this was going to be. 

Zeke cost $300. He was a retired school horse. I paid $100 of the cost by digging up dandelions for my mom because she didn't like the dandalions in the yard. I got a penny for each dandelion I dug out with the metal thing with a snakes fang on the end. so that was 10,000

dandelions. Now those dang things come in clumps so after awhile I started splitting up the clumps so I could get 6-8 dandelions out of each clump. I thought it was ok to do this. It was hot and muggy, I watched socko run around and into the woods to go down by the

creek. I went with him because I was hot .