Out and About – Week of September 9th

On this date in 1962, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Inc. was formed. I’m curious as to how many of you were aware of this. Our lives are filled with so many memorable events that it’s difficult to keep up with all of them. Eighteen years ago tomorrow, September 11, the United States of America was attacked by terrorists. This event brought our nation together for probably the fist time since December 7, 1941. On September 12, 2001, just about every home and every business displayed the American Flag. I think it’s time for all of us to resurrect that American spirit and start getting along with each other.

Next Sunday, the population in Centreville will be greatly increased. The St. Joe County fairgrounds will be a beehive of activity. Hundreds will be living on the grounds in their fifth wheels, motor homes, and campers. The barns will be filled with livestock and exhibits, and the midway will have the usual rides for those daring patrons who love to be flipped upside down, while experiencing high forces of gravity. The fair wouldn’t be the fair without the many tasty treats, like elephant ears and chocolate covered Twinkies. If you’d like to have something healthy to eat, I suggest the Kiwanis building located near the east end of the racetrack. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fresh apple pie awaits your arrival. If your budget is a little tight, this would be the place to satisfy those hunger pangs. The St. Joe County Fair will be here through September 21.

Three Rivers isn’t the only community to host a festival. Just a few miles south on US-131, Constantine will host their annual Harvest Festival this next Saturday, September 14. The venue for this extravaganza is East Water Street in downtown Constantine. It all starts at 11 AM and runs until 4 PM. During this time, you and the family can enjoy all types of family activities including, a forty-foot obstacle inflatable bounce house, a trackless-train, sno-ones, face painting, pumpkin painting, duck pond, and much more. Local vendors will be onsite, so you might want to bring a few dollars in case you see something you absolutely can’t live without.

The Carnegie Center for the Arts, 107 North Main Street, in historic downtown Three Rivers, has a reputation of always having some sort of art on display, and the admission is always FREE. The Carnegie is also famous for having musical guests from time to time. This coming Saturday, September 14, is one of those special occasions. A mystery musical duo from Constantine will entertain all in attendance with musical selections from Haydn to Gershwin and from Verdi to Simon and Garfunkel. The concert begins promptly at 7 PM. This concert is FREE, so don’t be late.

Also on this day in 1814, a gentleman named Francis Scott Key, put his pen to paper and wrote our “Star Spangled Banner”. I’m positive there was a football game going on at the time. Also, on this day in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW was formed. You’ve now had your weekly history listen. There will not be a test later.

Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t a blood drive going on some where here in St. Joe County. Today, the American Red Cross has two blood drives happening. The first, hosted by the UAW Hall, 15802 Hoffman Road, in Three Rivers will receive donors from 10 AM until 3:45 PM. If these hours aren’t convenient for you, the United Methodist Church, 305 East Main Street, in Centreville is hosting a drive from noon until 5:45 PM. Both locations will welcome you with open arms, hoping that you will offer your arm and some much-needed blood. I wanted to give blood several years ago. They told me I had type “A” blood, but it was a typo.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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