The yard sale at Harmony United Methodist Church was a success.
We raised about $400 for missions. It was a lot of hard work, but people were so generous with us. We continue to try to send money to S.O.S. so they can set up a facility for abused women and their children.
We had donations of wonderful clothes for the yard sale. Some still had the price tags on them.
Other folks gave us money donations, glassware, tools, books, electronics, crafts, toys, garden stuff, and delicious baked goodies.
Sometimes, you get rude people at a yard sale, but all the nice people came to ours. Thanks to everyone.
HUMC is planning an open house for Pastor Bob Kumpf. Pastor Bob is being ordained. Pastor Terry Jeffers announced this last Sunday, but I did not get the full details.
Pastor Bob was with us at HUMC for several years and now serves Center Point and Ashboro United Methodist churches. We are inviting the congregation of both those churches and all the folks around Harmony that know Pastor Bob. Sorry I could not get the full details before deadline. I think it is in the afternoon on Sunday. Call the church for more information at 448-2917.
Covered Bridge Art Association is planning an Associates Show for the month of July. All paid-up associates are asked to have their work to the gallery by 5 p.m., June 30. The entry form must have been completed and returned by June 15.
Associate members are those outside Parke County who wish to be part of the Covered Bridge Art Association. They have an annual show just for this group. The winner gets a one-person show for the month of August.
The actual Covered Bridge Art Association Exhibit began April 28 and was displayed in the Gallery on the Square at Rockville.
CBAA is hosting a juried show called, "Art Affair on the Square," Saturday, June 25. I think this is a new event. At least, it is the first time I have received information on it.
The flyer for Art Affair says they will have pottery, metal, wood, fiber, jewelry, as well as painting. The group plans to have activities for children, music, and plants available on the square, too. For information or an application, call 765-569-7911. You may find additional information at www.coveredbridges.com.
Rockville is a good one-day vacation. I like to go there when they are not having the festival. You can actually see the bridges.
Besides the gallery, there is a great craft shop next door. Just a little farther down the block is the old Dime store, which still sells everything. The price is no longer a dime, but it isn't bad.
I have tried a couple of their restaurants when I have been there to browse or to judge art shows. Benjamin's has very good home food.
There is another restaurant on the other end of town that was good, too, but I have forgotten the name of it.
I plan to try the restaurant on the square next time.
Two Amish shops are worth the drive to Rockville. One turns off at Billy Creek Village and the other snakes through town and out toward the park and beyond.
One is called Nylers and again I have forgotten the name of the other one.
One Amish shop is mostly plants, gorgeous plants, and it is out in the boonies. The other shop has candies, baked goods, jellies, etc. Follow the signs or ask someone when you think you are close. It is not so far out of town, but it is down a long lane. I was ready to turn around, figuring I had missed it, for both of them. The people speak Pennsylvania Dutch, but also converse well in English.
I had a message from Odena Harper, Vice President of the Clay County Retired Teacher's Association. She had talked to Lance Stallcop, who is working on the website for the association. Check it out periodically to see the progress, www.clayrta.org. We are still working on plans for the Fall Social.
Thanks to Anna Long for sending me a copy of the Van Buren Class of '66 Reunion Booklet. It was much appreciated.
Happy Birthday to Jan Bowen and Rose Marie Pell (June 10), Christine Clark and Caleb Escott (June 12), Carole Weaver and Jay Bridgewater (June 17), Andra Wolfe (June 18), Kate Trout and Joetta Brown (June 19), Bill Pell (June 20), Maxine Beaman (June 21), Craig Dierdorf and Stoney Stitzle (June 22), Grandgirl Auriel Sidney Long and Dan Pell (June 23).
Happy Anniversary to Rev. Bob and Carolyn Kumpf (June 16), Mary Lou and Bruce Thompson (June 18), Brad and Barbara Pell (June 10), and Jim and Shirley Pell (June 30).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
* June 12 -- Worship service, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m., and
* June 15 -- Bible study, quilting, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.