Greetings from the Strawberry Capital of Logan County. People are cleaning up and sprucing up for arrival of our guests for our biggest event of the year. We hope everyone will come and enjoy this fun couple of weeks with us. The 5K and Car Show kick off our event Saturday, May 14th, then the action picks back up on Thursday May 19th with the rides, vendors, art and quilt exhibits and special entertainment, where local singers will be showcased that night beginning at 6 p.m. Clay Bileyu will be our emcee for the evening and will be singing as well. We have a great line-up for the evening so you will not want to miss this. On Friday, the above will be open again and Adairville’s own Gospeltones will be singing at 5 p.m. in the Gazebo and at 7:30 p.m. Four on the Flour from Fayetteville, TN will be playing Oldies for the street dance. Saturday morning kicks off with the Baby Show at 10 am. Kelly Bond will be at the Chamber in Native American costume talking about the early settlers in the area. Charlotte Brindley will be there in period costume giving a presentation about the Hite House and family. At 12 noon the Stevenson family and friends will be singing. At 1 p.m the Jackson Dickinson duel will be reenacted and at 2 the annual parade will be starting. Immediately after the parade an auction will be held as well as an art walk and tour beginning at the Olde Bank Art Studio. By Faith Band will be singing at 5 p.m. and Nick Riggins and the Hard Dogs will be the Grand Finale for the evening. Whew I am tired just typing this. Come for a fun packed few days with us.
Prayers go out to the family of Joe Willis Rouse, who passed away this week. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. He and Margaret Ann have been married 50 years.
Don’t forget this Saturday, May 7th is clean up day at Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, from 9-12. Come out and help as we tidy up the cemetery for mowing season and Memorial Day.
Watch for all the strawberry art appearing in front of the businesses. Everyone is coming up with ideas for creating art depicting strawberries. I have heard a few of them and they are getting creative. I can hardly wait to see them all. This is the businesses way of challenging everyone to get involved in the art contest Jennifer Brindley is spearheading. Everyone can get involved. Just enter your art involving strawberries in it to Jennifer. These will be on display at the Bank Art Studio during the festival.
Also, everyone will have the opportunity on Saturday after the parade to tour several of the art studios. Charles is also having a workshop that day and his students will be painting at the Art school on Church Street so you will be able to see how popular his workshops are.
Adairville is slowly becoming an art community thanks to Charles and his family. This is the perfect opportunity for more to open shops here to compliment this. Terri Holliday is opening the Grapevine which will have booths and I understand some of the gentlemen from Nashville that come weekly will be having their artwork in booths. I look forward to having her on the square.
I had the distinct honor of being invited to Hamilton Brindley’s architecture exhibit of his proposed new City Hall in Adairville. He is an architecture student at WKU and he chose for his project designing a new City Complex to house City Hall, the library, the museum, a community meeting room and etc. I was in awe of his presentation. He is an amazing young man and the thought and intense work he put in on this project was outstanding. As Thurman and I wandered through the rooms, I heard many of his peers saying “Have you seen Hamilton Brindley’s project ?” It is awesome.” After looking at some of the other projects, I finally asked a young man if he knew where Hamilton’s project was. He said, “I’ll show you. His project is amazing.” When I walked in I agreed with them 100 percent. Then he walked me through his design and his reasoning behind it. I must admit I was so impressed with his overall presentation. Hamilton, thank you for including me in this.
Danny and I will be on the 8:30 segment of feedback Thursday, May 12th and Nick Riggins, Matt Jenkins and I will be back on May 16th for the 9 am segment . Be sure and listen both days. The last time they were on I had so much fun and when they recited the FFA creed I was quite impressed. Merle Johnson would have been so proud.
Coffee Bottom Girl
Facebook can be a great tool. I get aggravated with it because of a lot of junk that appears out of nowhere, but I typed in one of my best friends from my elementary days and found her. She responded back “Is this Donna Gail, aka Dino?” She was the only person that ever called me that and I had frankly forgot. She was living in Long Beach, California moving there from Texas. We had a great chat. It made me go back to those days at Orlinda Elementary and remembering all the kids I went to school with. Those were such simpler times. We had none of the peer pressure that kids today have. What happened in those short (mumble) years. How did times change so much. We said the pledge every day, had Bible readings, and prayer. No one ever questioned that. I know progress is good but some progress is questionable especially when it changes everything we have ever believed in and done. I’m getting old.
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.