Last updated: June 23. 2014 12:57PM - 556 Views
By Shirley Dubbs

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Summer has arrived officially. Shorts, sandals and suntan lotion have been on shopping lists for several weeks but we all know warmer days with high humidity will now dominate the weather forecasts.

And with ”summer” comes the celebration of our nation’s birthday. The fourth of July is not that far away and the New Madison Fourth of July Committee has a plan! That plan is to provide good times and good food in your own community. Stay at home and enjoy the fun.

The national holiday will kick off on July 3. Vendors will be setting up in the school parking lot at 4 p.m. The food and beverage tent at the Civic Center will begin serving at 5 p.m. Two events will be spotlighted during the first evening of the celebration. A corn hole tournament at the Civic Center welcomes back contenders from last year and invites new attempts to sink those little bags! Layth Scantland is in charge and you can get details at 996-0054. The tournament has a 6 p.m. toss-off time.

There is always lots of interest in the Little Miss/Mr. Firecracker contest. This begins at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Kami Hollinger will answer your questions concerning registration at 423-3403. Troy George Lawn Care and Snow Removal will sponsor this event. Also during the evening of July 3, the Harrison Street Baptist Church will show a family movie and serve hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

You can sleep in or rise and shine early on the fourth to eat pancakes and sausage at the Masonic Lodge. The serving begins at 7 and continues through 11 a.m. Proceeds will help the junior high cheerleaders with expenses. And for the very hungry, it is all you can eat.

If you are ready for action by 9 a.m. join the wiffle ball tournament. Details are explained by Troy Porter at 670-2318. Also at 9 a.m. a pet show is taking place on the front lawn of the school. Sponsored by the Universalist Church, Dick Brooks can provide information at 996-0834. Large or small, trained and obedient are judged as well as the very popular and obvious look alike between owner and pet! And if you are more interested in the exotic, Valley Exotics LLC brings the zoo to you behind the school. This exhibit opens at 10 a.m.

Vendors open for business at noon. Co-Ed Volleyball teams will play in a tournament from noon till 6 p.m. at the Civic Center. The details are available from Tami or Layth Scantland at 996-0054.

Listen and watch at 3 p.m. for the parade! Enjoy our own red, white and blue on the 4th! There will be a kiddie tractor pull at 4 p.m. (school) and the continuance of the corn hole tournament at 5:30 p.m. Food? Yes, there will be the Kiwanis Sausage Barn, Hawaiian Ice, The Civic Center food tent, and the American Legion’s chicken box dinners, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Tiger, (radio 97.5) will be at the northeast corner of the school and the committee’s refreshment camper operates from 5 p.m. right up to the big event—-the fireworks! Peyton Kreitzer will sing the national anthem and then around 10 p.m. the boom and the bang, the sparkles and sprays light up the sky as New Madison winds up a day and a half of celebration.

In the meantime, remember the library and the Summer Reading Program which closes out the month with a movie, “Back to the Future.” On June 30 this special showing begins at 6 p.m.

The Hollansburg noon lunch program is underway with meals on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The New Madison United Methodist Church will begin its brown bag lunches on Tuesdays beginning this week. Gather at Drew Park at 11:30 a.m. and share in a lesson, craft and library presentation. It continues through July 29.

Wedding bells rang in summertime for Tony Mackenzie (New Madison Public Library) and Emily Berger on Saturday. The couple exchanged vows at Greenville Grace Church. Congratulations.

Ahh! Summertime and all it brings.

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at psdubbs@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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