Well another Strawberry Festival has come and gone. The weather was good if just a little on the chilly side, but at least no rain. The crowds were good, the entertainment good and I had fun. Hope everyone else had fun too. We were so sorry for cancelling the Gospeltones on Thursday evening, but as most know Paulette lost her brother in the motorcycle wreck. They have promised they will do an evening this summer so I will get the word out when that date is set. Be in prayer for Paulette and her family as they deal with their grief. We were especially fortunate to have Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife Sec. Elaine Chaos with us. He is the second highest ranking Senator in the United States. I knew that we had Senators and Congressmen in the past without any extra security but I had not thought about his ranking until the Capital Police Security and Secret Service people started showing up. All of our officials are always invited including the President, so I guess it was a good thing President Obama didn’t come because we would have had more security detail than people watching the parade. Anyway, Senator McConnell and Mrs. McConnell were such a joy. I was especially impressed as to how he responded to the ball team and academic team. He answered their questions one on one and made each one feel that their question was the most important that he had to answer. When Representative King introduced me to him, he immediately began asking what our biggest problems were and if there was anything he could do to help. His wife was just as attentive and genuine as he was. And as always we were so glad to have our very own State Representative, Martha Jane King. She just brightens the day, the parade and the festivities everywhere she goes. We could not have a better friend in Frankfort than Martha Jane. She has helped us more than anyone knows right now. I was hoping for an announcement at the festival, but we will patiently wait. Anyway, the 68th annual Adairville Strawberry Festival will go down in history as a success. A HUGE THANKS TO DANNY FINCH. He worked so hard to make everything possible.
We also had an appearance by Alex Poythress at the festival. He came to wish Will Robey a Happy Birthday as a favor to a friend. I know that made Will’s day. He is very shy but wanted to ride some rides so came to town but wasn’t able to do but a couple of rides because of the crowd. That has to be hard on celebrities, not being able to lead normal lives because people recognize you. We were glad to have you Alex and hope we didn’t scare you too much.
Some dates to write on your calendar:
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
National Night Out
Hot dogs, chips, drinks
Child ID Kits
Walk through the neighborhoods
Saturday, September 6, 2014
City Wide Yard Sale
Get the word out. Would like to make this a Hwy 431 Yard Sale
Maybe start out from Lewisburg to Springfield, then grow it every year.
If anyone would like to have a yard sale on Highway 431
“Get Up offa that Couch” Day
Get Active Day at the Adairville Community Park
Corn Hole, Bocce Ball, Softball games, Basketball shoot offs, Volleyball, Badminton, etc.
Please remember the Vela Carter family in your prayers, as she went home to be with the Lord last week. She has several children and grandchildren in the Adairville area.
Also, remember the family of Debbie McDonald. Keep her family in your prayers as this was quite a shock for them.
By the time this comes out the election will be over and we will know the outcome. My prayer is that the right ones get elected and then it is on to the general election for some.
As we start into the Memorial Day weekend, let’s not forget the men and women in the Armed Forces that have died for our freedom as well as the ones that live daily with memories of being in combat and deal with those nightmares they lived through. Also, let’s pray for their families that are or were left at home.
The Coffee Bottom Gal (baseball)
During the summer, the days were long and sweltering. It seemed the day lasted forever and then when you lay down at night, the air was so humid you could not go to sleep. I can remember my daddy going out and sleeping in the swing. Anyway, there wasn’t much to do and no money to do it with. But ball games were one of my daddy’s interests and at the time there were several men’s leagues around including the New Hope Church league so there were ball games at the Adairville School ball park several nights a week. The only cost was the gas to town so we got to go many times during the summer. I loved going to the ballgames not so much because I wanted to watch the game but to see my friends. I remember David and Connie Perry’s dad, Virgil and Russell and Vernon Law’s dad, James were (2) of the umpires for the games. I’m sure there were others but those are the ones I remember. The adults really got into the games. They would yell for their teams and boo the umps when they felt they called the play wrong. I had a cousin that played with all he had but oh did he have a mouth on him and was on ready for a fight anytime. Well, one night he got in a fight and before you know it he was thrown out of the game and told not to ever come back to Adairville. For a long time we had to sneak him in for Christmas at my grandmother’s. Great memories of fun summer times.
NEXT WEEK—Memories of the KT League by Paul Mayes
A hui hou kāko
“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”