October 31, 2013

hose of us who came out in support of our local businesses had great fun Saturday at the Cruise In and 50’s day on the “square” downtown. Folks may not realize how much planning, promoting, fund raising and hands on work goes into providing you with a family friendly day of entertainment.

Thirty some cars and motorcycles were proudly displayed by their owners. Couldn’t help but cheer when the fifties Chevys came rolling in. Also liked the much newer Porsche. Many door prizes were awarded including cash and auto care products. And yet, you either stayed home or spent your time and money in a larger town.

Well what you missed is just gone. One merchant went the extra mile by purchasing and preparing caramel apples, one offered free coffee. A cotton candy machine was rented for your sweet tooth as well. Vendors were set up along the north side of Main St. 50’s music was broadcast all day. A few brave souls even did the bunny hop and the hokey pokey. Trophies were ordered and purchased by the merchants and awarded to winners of the different contest. Debbie Grise and Christina Merritt tied for best hairdo. Sue Ellen Ramsey won the “beehive” hairdo contest with her very long hair piled high on her head. Wearing a poodle skirt and saddle oxfords, she was also in the women’s costume contest. But the trophy in that one went to Rita Britt in her tier skirt (sometimes called a broom stick skirt) with several crinoline petticoats. Rita says she’s had that skirt since she was a teenager.

Elvis’ appearance for the men’s contest caused a bit of excitement until it was learned the man under all that hair and “Vegas” costume was Mikey Britt, who took home the men’s trophy.

The Pugh grandchildren Solomon Weiss and Eliza Hagens had a fun day. Granny in her leather duds was selling honey. Eliza won the hula hoop trophy and young Solomon was entered in the male costume event, wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and with a cigarette tucked behind his ear. He was definitely in a time warp.

Debbie Grise kept the crowd entertained for hours with her hula hoop in constant motion.

Raffle prizes donated by local merchants were a free dinner for two, including entree, dessert and drink from Federal Grove, won by Joe Grise who had a vehicle entered; the certificate for car detailing from Main Drag, winner was Stephanie Marie Markham; and a Sharper Image hand vacuum donated by Wholesale2U won by Christina Merritt.

Most rewarding to the merchants were the many compliments they received from exhibitors, on the organization and the continuing activities throughout the day.

No…Auburn isn’t what it used to be. Neither are you and I. But we’re not dead yet. Progress creates change. In the old days the family usually had only one vehicle and the whole family would come to town to shop, visit and seek entertainment. Now every family member of driving age either has their own transportation or has a friend they hang with. When the driveway empties they all go in different directions. Point is, if our local merchants and industries are not supported, what’s presently here for our enjoyment will be gone tomorrow. And then your children and grandchildren will be posting negative remarks on facebook and other social networks, such as “Auburn is dieing, it’s just not what it used to be”.

Last Friday night at the Senior Center a lively group gathered for the October dance and potluck dinner. Talk about an active group. They went nonstop to the music of Old Habits and during the supper break, to recorded music.

Next week’s schedule begins with a potluck breakfast on Monday Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. Bring your favorite breakfast dish, coffee is provided. On Wednesday Nov. 6 following the regular Bingo, there will be a special Elder Abuse Workshop provided by Kentucky Legal Aid and presented by Teresa Whitaker, District Ombudsman of the Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. On Thursday stop by for coffee with the Chief.

Don’t pass up the grilled pork chop luncheon sponsored by New Friendship Baptist Church on Monday Nov. 4. Free delivery for five or more orders. To order call 270-725-0096 or 542-6244. One sandwich, bag of chips and cookies cost $5. For two sandwiches, chips and cookies $8. Great way to help support their youth Haiti mission team.

Tomorrow, hope you can work the Dancing in the Rain ladies conference at New Life Baptist Church into you schedule. Conference begins at 10 a.m. with Praise and Worship, Drama Words of Encouragement and door prizes. Professional Life Coach Cathy McGuffey is the speaker. Special music to be presented by Jannah Bolin. Child care is available and admission is free. Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m., with lunch to be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Well the witch has parked her broom for another year and the saints are marching in…Lord I want to be in that number. To the healthy or infirm, have a blessed day.