I finally was able to get a Tuesday morning free to paint with the artists at the Clay County Senior Center. When I arrived, Carol Nichey was already working on a nice landscape of a house and barn. Elizabeth Anderson was starting a painting of a horse and rider. Julie Bricker stopped by for a chat but did not paint. She had a whole album of photos of her previous works. She does celebrity portraits and people in general or for commission. She had a very impressive photo of her painting of highway workers with a dump truck in the background. Jane Mercer said she could not find any of her paints except for brown. She managed to complete a painting of an old barn using just that one color. Amazing!
Carol Nickey told us about the upcoming exhibit by the Covered Bridge Art Association at the Rockville Art Gallery. It opens on Thursday, May 1 with a reception, refreshments, and door prizes from 6-8 p.m. Awards will be presented. The public is invited to attend. The display will continue through the end of the month.
Jane and Elizabeth were staying for lunch at the Senior Center and invited me to join them. We sat at a table with Fred McDonald, formally of The Brazil Times, and Sharon Brown, Director of the Center. It wasn't fine cuisine but it was nutritious and only cost $2 for anyone over the age of 60. Bargain. The younger folks pay $5, I think. The company at the table was good. Gerald Pell stopped by with announcements and to say the prayer before we ate.
The center offers valuable services and recreational activities for seniors. Card games are offered two nights per week. Various community churches furnish a free meal for seniors on the last two Saturdays of the month. A Sunday School Class from First Christian served over 175 meals on April 19. Many folks picked up the meal to take home, some ate at the center. Berea Church will prepare the meal for this Saturday, April 26 to start serving after 10 a.m.
A picnic for seniors is planned for Friday, May 23 at the Forest Park Pavillion. This is a combined event for Clay, Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. The menu will include a sandwich, potato salad, banana, and cookie. Games, goodie bags, exhibits, door prizes, and entertainment will add to the fun. Reservations are due by May 16. Contact Patty Cannoy at 1-800-489-1561, ext 242 for more information.
Several folks at the Senior Center were talking about the Humane Society Fish Fry at Kennedy Crossing. I heard several complaints that the music was too loud and people went home because they could not talk to each other. The sound level is a mistake at several of the local events. Music should enhance the experience rather than blast the participants. The volume is set for the teenagers who usually aren't there. The folks that do come and spend money want to visit with each other.
Denny and I tried to talk to the Trouts that live in the nice condos by Forest Park. We couldn't really carry on a conversation but we did introduce ourselves and wished we could have talked more. Nice people. It was good to see Cousin Nete, Seth, Shontana, family and friends. We thought the food at the Humane Society Fish Fry was really good. The fish, green beans, and the pumpkin pie were excellent.
It was good to talk to Pat (Cunningham) Chastain when she called the other day. We haven't had a chance for a good visit for a long time. Pat still lives at Brownsburg and works at the Hallmark store. She and her husband are very busy with Lion's Club activities. She had read my complaints on my new washer and agreed that new government guidelines on dishwashers have ruined them, too.
Maytag needs to change their name to May-work, maybe. The repairman isn't working because there is nothing that can be done to fix them. I know the company is trying to do their best, under the government guidelines, to make money, making appliances, but it is still frustrating to be the consumer who buys them. Although Maytag is better than the alternatives, it is not as good as my old washer. Sometimes it works fine, as long as you double rinse, and then sometimes it just eats the pillow or outfit or curtain.
The Primary is approaching. Have you done your homework to find out which party or candidates would best serve your wishes? Harmony folks will vote at the Community House if they have registered or were previously registered. The Community House is such an asset to the town and a beautiful facility.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet on Monday evening April 28 in Fellowship Hall at the church. All ladies are invited to attend the meetings. This month Kenda Dierdorf will lead the lesson. She will also have information on the RADA knives for a fundraiser. Rita Jones and Debbie Gottsche will be the hostesses. The group will discuss the upcoming Mother/Daughter Banquet.
Pastor Bob is organizing a trip to the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game on Friday, May 16. Anyone who is interested should contact him for ticket information 448-2917.
Harmony United Methodist Softball Team had their first practice last Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in the program should contact the church or Pastor Bob.
Happy April Birthday to Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th) and Damien Tackett (29th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bell (18th). Happy Belated Birthday to Judy Lutz.
This Weekend -- All kinds of events at Bridgeton- Mountain Man Days and Mansfield-Mushroom Festival
April 26 -- Habitat for Humanity Fish Fry at the National Guard Armory (4-8 p.m).
They usually have a nice drive-thru, carry-out in case the loud music is a problem.
April 28 -- United Methodist Men, MCL 6:30 p.m.
April 29 -- Clay Community Retired Teachers Meeting & Chili Supper, Riddell Bank Basement 6 p.m.
May 6 -- Harmony Town Council, Community House 7:30 p.m.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
April 25 -- Christian Cards Night 7 p.m.
April 27 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
April 29 -- Bowling League, Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m. (Last one for the season?)
April 30-- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m.