June 1st, in Thornton the Chit Chat Cafe hosted KLMJ's second annual "Remember Marilyn" night. In addition to the dinner, and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, a look alike and talent contest were held as part of the evening's festivities. The audience voted on the look alike winner by casting ballots, and last year's look alike winner, Karla Peter of Latimer returned with her twin sister Marla Schlicting from Meservey who tied for third place among the ballots cast. The runner-up was Tammy Kiefer from Thornton, and Hansell's Kalynn Rowen was voted as the contestant who most resembled Marilyn Monroe. Rowen was also chosen by crowd applause as the winner of the talent contest following her performance of the Marilyn Monroe song, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". Each contestant in the look alike contest received two tickets to see Foreigner in Fort Dodge on June 15th, and as the winner Kaylynn Rowen received a basket of flowers, and a gift basket that included pearls among other gifts. The Chit Chat Cafe received over 80 advance reservations for the event, and served more than 100 patrons. 2012 is the 50th Anniversary of the death of film and cultural icon Marilyn Monroe. 

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Marilyn Monroe  Day

Friday June 1st

Chit Chat Cafe, Thornton


Marilyn Monroe Quiz


2nd Annual "Remember Marilyn" Dinner Friday, June 1, 2012 5:00-8:00 p.m. At the Chit Chat Cafe, Thornton Sponsored by the Chit Chat Cafe in Thornton and KLMJ Radio in Hampton

Last year's inaugural event, at the Chit Chat Café in Thornton, was held to recognize what would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday, on June 1, 2011. Richard Dorenkamp, who owns the Chit Chat Café, has been collecting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia since her tragic death, 50 years ago this August. The Chit Chat Cafe features a Marilyn Monroe "Wall of Fame" and is decorated throughout the café with collectibles and memories from her life.

At last year's event, KLMJ Radio held a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest. Karla Peter of Latimer was the winner, donning a blonde wig and wearing a pink evening gown. June 1, 2012, KLMJ Radio will be holding another look-a-like contest, as part of this year's event. Each look-a-like contestant will receive a pair of concert tickets to see "Foreigner" in Fort Dodge. The Chit Chat Cafe will also be serving a "Remember Marilyn" dinner, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Dinner patrons will receive a ballot to vote for this year's Marilyn Monroe look-a-like winner. The winner, by public choice, will receive a basket of flowers, chocolate, wine, and pearls. New this year, there will be a Marilyn Monroe talent contest at 8:00 p.m. Talent contestants will also receive a pair of tickets to see "Foreigner" in Fort Dodge, June 15th.

Reservations are now being accepted, at the Chit Chat Café, for the 2nd annual "Remember Marilyn" dinner, June 1st. That day, KLMJ Radio will go back to 1962 and play hit songs from that era, along with Marilyn Monroe trivia. KLMJ will be broadcasting live from the Chit Chat Cafe June 1st, from 4:00 till 8:00 p.m.

For more information contact: Shirley Proctor at the Chit Chat Cafe, 641-998-2754, shirleyproctor@netins.net Craig Donnelly, KLMJ Radio, 641-456-5656, craig@klmj.com


  • There will be a Marilyn look-a-like Contest

  • Marilyn Monroe Trivia on 104.9 KLMJ

  • A "Remember Marilyn Monroe" Dinner, served from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Chit Chat Cafe


Some pictures of Karla Peter from last year.