Out and About – Week of July 18th

Usually, I use this column to inform you of things going on in and around the Three Rivers area. For the past two weeks I’ve really been Out and About. We’ve just returned from a road trip to Seattle, Washington. The purpose of the trip was to attend the Lions International Convention.

We learned many things during our two-week excursion. Here are six:

It’s difficult to do everything at a convention and take in all the available sights.

If you drive, allow yourself enough time, so you’re not driving ten hours a day.

There really is a George, Washington.

If you need to drive anywhere near Chicago, plan to pay a lot of tolls. You’ll pay dearly to use the best highways.

The trip home is shorter than the trip out.

Because of the state’s economy, all rest areas in Minnesota are closed.

In summary, the weather was great, only one morning with rain, the food was tasty, not all crazy drivers live in Michigan, the convention was okay, and no matter where you might go, it’s always great to get back home. Three Rivers is just that.

During our absence, Three Rivers was blessed with some severe weather. You folks experienced high temperatures and humidity, and at least one damaging thunderstorm. I hope everyone survived with only minimal damage. Sorry we missed the excitement.

Back in the day, Huss School in Three Rivers, was bustling with youngsters in grades kindergarten through seventh. For several years, it was just a vacant building. Fortunately, some enterprising citizens took the bull by the horns and decided to put the vacant property to some very good use. One of the results is Huss Future Festival 2011. The festival takes place on Saturday, July 30, from 9 A.M. until 4 P.M. Huss School is located at 1008 Eighth Street, which is the intersection of Eighth Street and Broadway. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy the family-friendly activities, free coffee, live music, bake sale, hand-made art, and many great bargains on art supplies and secondhand clothing. Visitors can also learn more about future plans for the Huss School property through tours and exhibits. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the renovation of the school into a community center and an off-campus program for college students. A fish fry will be held from noon until 4 P.M., and this will benefit the annual “Back to School” celebration. For more information, you may go to www.cultureisnotoptional.com/futurefest.

It seems the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) always has something going on. Saturday, August 13, is a great example. ARF will sponsor their Fourth Annual Golf Outing at Pine View Golf Club. The four player scramble will start at 9 A.M., with a shotgun start. Of course there will be games, prizes, and crazy hole events. The registration fee of $50 per person includes 18 holes of golf, with cart, and your choice of steak or chicken after 18 holes of play. To register, see any ARF member, or stop in and see Rodney at Beam Sound and Video, on West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers.

Ice Cream has always been my favorite dessert. My friends at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers agree with me enough to hold an old-fashioned ice cream social.They are celebrating their 175th birthday, so in conjunction with this, they will hold an ice cream social next Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 5 P.M. in their Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend and spend some quality time with friends and community members. The First United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Main Street in Three Rivers.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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