Out and About – Week of August 2nd

Welcome to August. This month is “holiday-free”. The only significant thing about this month is that, for students, it’s the last month of vacation. For families, it’s the last chance to take any type of vacation traveling, and for sun worshipers, it’s really the last chance to go to the beach and expose themselves to those dangerous rays from the sun. I mean, how many say, “It’s Labor Day, so let’s go to Warren Dunes over by Lake Michigan?” Don’t worry kids, the day after Labor Day will be here before you know it, and you’ll soon be able to get back into the classroom. Oh yes, I haven’t forgotten about the mothers out there. Get the plastic ready, because the youngsters need new clothes for school, and remember, designer jeans are the only way to go.

As I get Out and About, I am pleased to see so many bicyclists out getting some good exercise and having fun while doing it. I offer a friendly reminder, if I may. Bicyclists have rules to follow, and I’m sure most are unaware of them. Two examples would be that if you are riding a bike and approach a stop sign, you must stop, just as you would if you were driving a car. The other rule that I notice is ignored would be the one concerning bike riding on the sidewalk downtown. It is even painted on the sidewalk at both north and south ends of the downtown business area. Both of these rules will probably go un-enforced until someone gets hurt or killed. Bike riding is fun and I should probably do it more often, but I can’t seem to get my bike down off the hook in the garage.

Every year I mention this and I’ve always done my best to get out there and attend the St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association Antique Tractor and Engine Show. This family event will, once again, take place at Boot Hill Ranch, one and one-half miles east of Jones. The show itself begins Friday, August 6 and runs through Sunday, August 8. Those interested in being a part of the Fifth Annual Tractor Tour might like to know that it will leave the grounds Thursday, August 5, at 9 A.M. It’s a 65 to 70-mile trip, so be sure to take a cushion for your tractor seat. Duane Hollister is the man to contact if you’d like to join the tour. He can be reached at (269)683-9537. Anyway, the show officially begins on August 6, and there will be activities for everyone. “Deadwood” will perform Friday and Saturday evenings, and Lisa and Mark Woolever will provide the entertainment on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Admission to this three-day event is $3 per person, but if you are turning fifty years old this year, your admission is FREE, in honor of this being the 50th Annual show. If you need further information, please contact Brian Boerman at (269)683-9537, or Daisy Wagner at (269)435-7241. You’ll want to do this by tomorrow, August 4, because after that, Daisy and Brian will be onsite having fun.

The Commission on Aging (COA) will host their “Fabulous Fifties” picnic this Friday, August 6 at Meyer Broadway Park in Three Rivers. The festivities begin at 10 A.M. and will run until 2:30 P.M. It is by reservations only, and the non-refundable cost is $4 per person, which includes a box lunch, entertainment, bake sale, Bingo, 50/50 drawing, games, and prizes. Be sure to watch the weather reports, because if it looks like rain or high humidity, you’ll need to call the COA office. If bad weather does occur, the picnic will be held at the Three Rivers Community Center, 103 South Douglas, in Three Rivers. For reservations or more information, please contact the COA at (269)279-8083 or 1-800-641-9899.

Tickets are now available for the Three Rivers Community Players production of AX OF MURDER, with performances scheduled for August 19, 20, 21, and 22. There will only be four performances for this production. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday curtain times will be 7 P.M. The Sunday matinee, and final performance, has a curtain time of 2 P.M. Tickets for adults are $13, and for students and senior citizens, the tickets are $12. Tickets are available at Beam Sound and Video in Three Rivers. Phone Rodney at (269)279-6251. Tickets will also be available at the door. The Players’ Theatre is located at 15526 Millard Road in Three Rivers, directly west of Dairy Queen.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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