Yesterday was run away from home day. I decided a couple of weeks ago to sign up for a bus trip. When the last ice glob melted, I was ready to go somewhere fun.
Turner Air, Land, and Sea escorted us to Danville, Ind., for lunch at the Mayberry Café and then to the Danville Public Library for info on genealogy. The bus driver took us out to the Hendricks County Fairgrounds so we could see the newly constructed facilities. Becky, from the Visitor's Center, told us about Civil War Days and a Pow Wow that were planned.
Civil War Heritage Days will be June 25-26 at the Danville Courthouse Square. The Pow Wow is scheduled for July 9 at the Fairgrounds. Becky gave us brochures on those and other Hendricks County events and attractions. If you want to check it out call 1-800-321-9666 or go to TourHendricksCounty.com.
Annette had collected our lunch requests and called them in as we rode along. Mayberry Café was ready for us. We walked past Barney Fife's deputy car and headed upstairs for lunch. The restaurant was tastefully decorated with wallpaper of flowers, and vines, and birdhouses. It had a happy, springy feel. Lace curtains hung at the windows.
Pictures of Barney, Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea, and the other characters from the series decorated the shelves and walls. Small TV's played Andy of Mayberry, but the volume was low enough that we could visit with the other folks at the table.
The food was simple and good. You might imagine being at Aunt Bea's for lunch.
For a small town, Danville really had its act together to welcome tourists. Everything was smoke free. They reserved parking places for the bus by the restaurant and by the library. We each received a little present. It was a bag of brochures but also included a magnet, key chain light, adorable note pad, and a more functional note pad.
The best part was a tasty white chocolate dipped Oreo cookie (hand decorated with a family tree). A local candy shop had made them up for us. Each cookie bag was tied up with a matching ribbon.
Cindy Rutledge from the Danville Public Library gave us a PowerPoint on saving our family history. She cautioned everyone about waiting too long to talk to, and write down info about, the family.
She handed out a folder of genealogy material that she had put together for us.
One was a three-page, front and back, handout of genealogy websites.
I liked several ideas that she had for talking to relatives and collecting family history. She also had examples of how some families had made family trees. Some were scrapbooks, some were in the form of recipe books, one had a family tree painted in the hallway and attached pictures. She had three books that were full of different designs for family trees.
Cindy suggested that we collect post cards, letters, holiday cards, obituaries, news articles, and occupation info for the particular area. This all could be helpful in finding information on a person's family. One family had started a business of finding grave stones for people. Even the kids helped Mom find where a certain person was buried and took a picture of the marker. To date, they had found 174 cemeteries in Hendrick's County.
Everyone at Danville was on time and ready for us. Good little trip
Vigo County Public Library has an excellent genealogy library. Our own Clay County Genealogy Society in Center Point is an excellent resource for local information.
I started making copies of our family info and old pictures a couple of years ago. I am putting this together in three books: one each for my brothers and one for myself.
Next Sunday will be a special day of prayer and donation for Japan. The Methodist Church has been on site since almost the start of the disaster.
They have teamed up with the United Church of Christ to help as much as possible. It is a terrible situation for the people of Japan and is becoming a global problem.
At Harmony Methodist, we will take some time to remember what is happening there, say a prayer, and give what we can to help this Sunday, April 3.
HUMC is collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House. We are also saving screw tops from Pepsi products. The lids say something about five cents to your community. This will go to helping SOS.
SOS does so much to help kids and their families here in our area. Lets help them.
Pastor Jeffers hopes to repeat the baby bottle donations in May. We did that last year. It is a good way to celebrate Mother's Day, too. We each took home a baby bottle to hold our spare change. As we filled them, they were placed on the altar. Later they were given to the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
We had some folks come back to HUMC that had been away for a while. Mike and Nancy Mace have moved back from Savannah, Ga. and are living west of Brazil. We were glad to have them at church on Sunday.
Pastor Terry and Becky Jeffers returned from a much-needed break in Arizona. Both looked well rested on Sunday.
The Pell/Maurer families were back from Florida. Jim and Shirley had gone on vacation. The kids surprised them by meeting them there. It was a good time and safe journey for all.
Eva Latham reported that she had attended the Ladies Unity Program in Terre Haute. She said it was wonderful.
It is time for Operation Classroom again. The packing day is April 28 at Cloverdale UMC. Help if you can by working or furnishing supplies.
Easter is late this year. It will be here on April 24. Good Friday Services will be at Harmony starting at 6:30 p.m. on the 22nd. Lena will have the Sunrise Service on Easter morning starting at 6:30 a.m.
There is an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. I assume it is at the Harmony Park. I will try to get more info for you later on this.
Harmony United Methodist Women met on Monday night. We caught up on several things that needed to be discussed and planned. More information on that next week.
The ladies are taking orders for RADA knives. Profits will go to fund missions. We hope to have all the orders ready to send in April 1. Let me know if you need more order forms. If anyone still has an order that has not been turned in, please call me at 448-8734. We save shipping costs by putting everything on one order.
Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Butts on April 1 and to Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bell on the 18th.
I made a mistake last week. There are two April Fool's Babies: Buddy Day and Rose Marie (Rader) Pell. Sorry Rosie. Happy Birthday to Crissy Lawson & Dayden Green(5th), Mary Lawrence & Shaylin Jeffers (6th), Patty Escott & Mayme Johnson-Cox (7th), Danielle Brinson (9th), Becky Clausen & Ian McCoy (10th), Rusty Long (11th), David Brinson & Jim Cox (14th), Virginia Mathis & Dan Dierdorf & Zach Escott (15th), Becky Jeffers & Avery Wolfe & Kathleen Sanders (17th), Jason Pell & Sara Kester (20th), Erie Bell (22nd), Debbie Jones (24th), Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th), Damien Tackett (29th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
April 3 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
April 5 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
April 6 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Study Group 6:30 p.m.