Another week that begins with snow and ice. I keep telling myself that spring is just around the corner but every time I look out at the snow falling, I ask myself “when?”
Paula Thompson is our new Park Director. She and her husband Donald are gearing up for a great season. They had sign ups Tuesday night and will have again on Thursday night at City Hall in Adairville. If you can’t make one of these nights, City Hall will have sign up sheets. If you would like to coach or help in any way give Paula a call. We hope to see that park full this summer with kids and adults having a good time.
Plans are beginning for the 70th Adairville Strawberry Festival. We are hoping to have a really good one and that many will come home for the festivities. It saddens me that this could be the last one unless a miracle happens. The Chamber has been able to fund many projects over the years from the monies raised during the festival, but our net profit continues to dwindle due to new expenses. The Chamber funded the fountain, the urns, the pergola and ½ of gazebo which cost over $40,000. Then every year we spend $1,000 plus on the flowers to provide beauty to all our people as well as visitors. We now are going to have a roof put on our building and a new hvac in so our funds have dwindled to being in the red until this year’s festival. Although we have many faithful chair people, the fact remains that 3 people have carried the load of responsibility for many years now and frankly, we are getting old and tired of working so hard for so little profit. One of our hard workers is retiring this year and plans on traveling so we will be losing 1/3 of our management team. That’s huge especially when the other 2 are retirement age as well. This is not meant to scare or threaten, just wanted to put out there a few facts so you wouldn’t be surprised when next May comes around you won’t be seeing the hustle and bustle of Strawberry Festival time.
Coffee Bottom Girl
I went with my mother to a cousin’s 50th wedding anniversary party a week or so back. As I looked at the pictures of them 50 years ago and looking at her wedding dress hanging there, I wondered what happened. How many things had changed in the past 50 years. I walked over to the bride and said I wish I could fit in that dress now and I could have 50 years ago. All of a sudden I realized that we were a generation passed. We ate fried everything and it was fried in lard, not cholesterol free and cornbread or biscuits with real butter and homemade jelly or jam but we never had to worry about our weight because you either played or worked it off. I laughed saying when I would spend the night with the groom’s sister we would lay awake on the fold out couch until he would come home from his date and then pretend we were asleep. That was in the room with a screen door not even latched. Now you keep the door locked even if you are awake and it’s daytime. We have been watching “Andy Griffin” a lot in the past few months and it never gets old. Is it a longing for those days or just being overwhelmed with everyday life?
A Hui Hou Kā’Kou
“May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rain fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
To contact Donna Blake about the Adairville News, call 270-772-2175.