Thursday, September 16, 2010
I participated in a couple of community events last week.
Thursday night, at halftime of the Mississippi State versus Auburn football game on TV, I drove back to town for the Hidden Treasures blues bash.
It was my first opportunity to attend the weekly event, because of a typically busy Thursday night schedule.
The other end of Center Street, opposite The South Reporter, was booming with a great crowd and excellent entertainment.
I first listened to the talents of Ralph Waller and Brown Sugar while standing in front of Aikei Pro’s record shop and talking with owner David Caldwell. His business is known internationally as an off-beat destination for blues music fans.
David told me how much he appreciated the newspaper’s coverage of the bike rally and blues bash. He said he’s had lots of people come by, even from out of town, who said they had seen it in The South Reporter.
This event, coordinated by the new Holly Springs Main Street Association, promotes downtown and boosts North Center Street, the historic district for blues in our city.
The weekly Hidden Treasures bike rally and blues activities are scheduled to wrap up for the season on the next two Thursday nights, September 23 and 30.
There have been no reports of any problems – only good times. The area is policed well by law enforcement and by program committee members who report any concerns to officers.
I know it was all enjoyable for me last Thursday. I stayed so long that I almost missed the end of the football game and you all know how much I love sports.
Applause should go to all those who have had a hand in bringing Hidden Treasures to North Center Street in August and September.
If you haven’t attended but you’re thinking about it, go ahead. Check it out.
You might just “catch the blues” and start dancing in the street.
Saturday, along with other Holly Springs Rotary Club members, I helped with parking at the 11th annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration. This big event’s popularity continues to amaze me.
Somehow, after a late Friday night football game, I managed to make it to Strawberry Plains Audubon Center by 7:30 a.m., just as director and fellow Rotarian Bubba Hubbard requested.
My assignment changed a bit. He called my job “traffic control” at the fork in the gravel road going to parking and on up the hill to the wide array of activities – from hummingbirds to snakes to bats to turtles and much more.
Once again, I had a blast. Largely because I got to meet a lot of out-of-town guests.
I greeted those who chose to park and walk and those who drove in via vans or buses. I recall vans from Vicksburg, Pontotoc and Winona. Plus, I chatted with folks from places like Mantachie, Philadelphia (Miss.) and Memphis, Tenn.
As many were leaving, I would say, “Thanks for coming.”
And all had favorable comments. One said, “We will be back. We come every year.”
A small child was constantly talking to his mom about seeing those hummingbirds up close. He was thrilled.
Thanks go to Hubbard, his staff and the many volunteers. This festival and Audubon are tremendous assets for our community.
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