Hello from historic Adairville and south Logan County. Last week I was a little under the weather and fell a bit short on my column but am back in the saddle again and ready to go. I even feel so good that I am writing barefoot again. There is lots of news and I am ready to let go.
I received a shocking call last evening from Dolly McQuire, “Dolly Adairville”, the director of the Adairville Senior Citizens for the past 27 years. She shared with me that she had been in the Springfield Hospital for the past several weeks and almost died. She had been in critical condition with a life threatening illness. She had seven different doctors to work on her case. The illness she has been fighting came as a result of a cut or pin prick which allowed a deadly ailment to attack her body. She stressed that it was not and is not contagious. Dolly has just returned home and still has a lot of healing to do. As a result of the hospitalization and the battle that has to continue, Dolly has decided to retire. This comes as a great shock. Few people have put in the dedicated years with seniors as has Dolly. She will be missed greatly and very hard to replace.
Connie Perry, long time Adairville hair stylist, is retiring. Connie started some 43 or so years ago. Most of those years on the ground floor of Carol McKinney’s bank building on the town square. Connie is a pretty private person and does not like a lot of publicity but in this case she deserves it. She has provided a real service to the ladies of our community. She is to be honored at the Annual Strawberry Festival Dinner on Saturday evening May 11 at 5 p.m.
May 11 kicks off a week of celebrations in Adairville in the form of the 67 Annual Strawberry Festival. The annual 5K Run is that morning with registration at 8 a.m. The Car & Tractor Show is that afternoon starting at 1 p.m. The Strawberry Festival Dinner starts at 5 p.m. at the Fish & Game Club. Then that evening there will be free music on the town square. Bring your own chairs for the events on the square. The weather promised to be good this year.
The following week is full with baby contest, Karaoke contest, pet contest, junior beauty contest, senior beauty contest and more. I was give incorrect information on the cost of ride arm bands last week. The arm bands for unlimited three days of riding will be the same price they were last year. That is $30 for the three days. Armbands are on sale now at city hall and with with most merchants in Adairville. Last year we sold a record number of arm bands so get yours right away. The sale goes off as soon as the rides start up on Thursday afternoon, May 16. at 4 p.m. Then the price of tickets is $5 per ride.
Thursday the rides open, the food vendors and the music will kick off the final three big days. Friday May 17 the rides start at 4 p.m. along with lots of entertainment, food vendors and crafts and other vendors in and around the town square. On Saturday morning May 18 the big Adairville Cornhole Tournament gets serious with some of the top teams in the county competing. The crafts and other vendors will be going strong,.rides will start up in the morning and go till closing. (The Casey Rides are back this year and promise to have good rides and plenty of them.) The annual Jackson/Dickinson Duel will be at 1 p.m. followed by the annual Strawberry Festival Parade. There is a great line up of all types of music each of the three days.. There is literally something for everyone. Be sure and bring your folding chair. The 431 Cafe plans to extend their hours during the festival.
Speaking of the 431 Cafe on the town square they are having fun Rook games each Thursday evening starting at 5 p.m. Come join us. It is a lot of fun and some one different has won each of the last three weeks. We play double elimination and the Rooker is the top card.
Mayor Donna Blake is asking everyone to be aware that this our annual clean up (spring cleaning in town) for the next two weeks. Special additional dumpster’s have been placed next to the fire hall. Clean up your front and side yards. Paint and clean up. We want to show the world a pretty town during the festival.
The Adairville Library needs YOUR help. They need as many people as possible to visit during the next two weeks. Just stop in and look it over, you can join, check out books, CDs, books on tape or disk or use the computers. Every visitor helps our count for the year. The total number of people using the library, if large enough, can help us keep it. So stop by and bring someone along.
LOCAL CHURCHES Two Sundays ago I was fortunate enough to attend services at the Adairville Church of Christ. The minister is Hugh Gannon. He and his lovely wife are wonderful additions to Adairville. The elders are John Lee Barnes and Elmer Jenkins. The Deacons are Pete Flowers and Joe Perkins. The acappella singing is so good and enjoyable. I remember many of the songs from my youth when I visited my grandparents in Nashville and attended church with them on Riverside Drive.
Hugh Gannon is a true asset for his church. His warmth, friendliness and messages can be for everyone.
PAT ON THE BACK goes to Adairville Chief of Police Steve Hadden. Two weeks ago I was driving back from Russellville when Sheriff Wallace Whitaker came zooming by. I realized he was headed to something in Adairville. When I arrived back in Adairville I saw Sheriff Whitaker in front of the BP Station along with Steve Hadden. Seems Chief Hadden had arrested two drug sellers that were wanted in Tennessee. Not only were they drunk in the early afternoon but were also driving on the highways and attempting to sell drugs. The sheriff took.the two into custody and drove them back to Russellville. Three cheers for Chief Hadden.
A LITTLE HISTORY - Aaron Burr, early American patriot, had strong ties to Adairville and Logan County. He was a Senator from New York, missed being President of the USA by one vote in the electoral college. served as the third Vice President of the US when Jefferson was President, was for the little man, farmers and women’s rights. fought a famous duel with Alexander Hamilton, led a movement for an independent west (from Mexico), was extremely popular in Kentucky, had family in Adairville and visited here and in the county several times. Last year the Aaron Burr Association visited Adairville. The two branches of the family from the east found
they had many cousins from Robertson and Logan Counties. (These had been unknown in the east.)
Two of Aaron Burr’s cousins had farms that were the site of the Jackson/Dickinson Duel. (The large Parker Farm west of town today.)
WITH A SMILE - I love to drive down the back roads and see little pieces of Americana. When I was a boy families were so proud when they obtained a new piece of furniture, a refrigerator or TV.that they would put them on their front porch for all to see. Just as I was driving down a back road outside of Adairville I spied all three on a front porch, a new couch, refrigerator and a TV. I had to stop and look for a long time. I think I was grinning from ear to ear. Oh did it bring back some fun memories.
TIME TO GO - Good bye and good night to the three lady ministers in town, the congregations in and near Adairville, “Sweet Bertie Angel” and Mrs. Calabash were ever you are!