Duluth Grandma, 93, Gets Elton John’s Flowers

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth grandmother has a reminder of the Elton John concert she enjoyed recently — and it came directly from the Rocket Man’s dressing room.

A huge flower arrangement was delivered to the home of 93-year-old Harriet Schwenk a day after Elton John’s show at the Amsoil Arena last week. The arrangement stood half as tall as the 4-foot, 7-inch grandmother.

Schwenk and her granddaughter had an eighth-row seat at the concert thanks to a freelance concert promoter who used to live in Duluth. Schwenk was a baby sitter for promoter David Van Puffelen many years ago. Van Puffelen arranged a backstage tour for Schwenk before Sir Elton arrived for the show.

Elton John’s assistant allowed Van Puffelen to deliver the dressing room flowers to Schwenk the day after the concert. Schwenk tells the Duluth News Tribune she even took them to church to show off the arrangement.

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