Thursday, April 17, 2014
Volunteerism abounds here
Last weekend was simply a beautiful one, and there was plenty to do right here on the local front.
We talked leading up to the weekend about the number of events coming in to the office, via e-mail, fax or in person, for posting on our South Reporter “Calendar of Events.”
Saturday, April 12, was indeed a busy day, schedule-wise across the county, and the weather cooperated – sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, maybe even the low 80s.
There were about 20 items listed on April 12 in last week’s calendar – ranging from arts and crafts fairs, to walks, to auctions, to singings, to Easter egg hunts, concerts and other fund-raisers.
And that’s only a sample. There were sporting events and much more.
It had to be one of the best weekends weather-wise ever for the Holly Springs Pilgrimage.
The 76th annual event kicked off Friday, and there were lots and lots of folks in town enjoying the festivities.
That good weather with good crowds continued throughout the wonderful weekend.
It’s always good when you have trouble driving down some of the streets due to cars parked in front of houses on the Historic Tour of Homes.
Pam and I enjoyed walking around the downtown square, with the arts and crafts and food vendors.
Our daughter Erin and friends Sonni and Anushka were all decked out in their Pilgrimage attire all three days and loved serving as hostesses at The Terrace.
Friday night, DeMill Dixon and I covered the Killer Kudzu 5K. I always enjoy talking to some of the participants from out of town and welcoming them to Holly Springs. I met three ladies from the Munford, Tenn., area prior to the race, and they said it was their first visit and they were enjoying themselves.
Saturday’s fund-raiser for Ralph Doxey Jr., held at Bojangles Sports Bar (VFW), appeared to be a huge success. Pam and I were able to attend for an hour or so later that afternoon, just in time for me to still get a fish plate.
The live auction was going strong, with some great items donated and bidding going well.
This was one of the finest examples of a community coming together for a common cause that I’ve witnessed.
I also heard good news over the weekend about the start of the Marshall County Dizzy Dean youth T-ball, baseball and softball for 2014 with the pre-season tournament at Potts Camp.
The report I received – awesome crowds, overflow parking and kids having fun.
I became involved in the countywide league when it was first formed several years back, and it’s great to see it still thriving.
These events all serve as excellent examples of volunteerism in our county – people giving their free time to help.
These are hard-working folks, who have “real jobs” with 40-hour or more work weeks, and then they go to the ball field or wherever and put in even more hours for the children, the community or those in need.
The activities take people filling lots of roles – from cooks, to ticket takers, to hostesses, to coaches, to auctioneers, to clean-up crews and the list goes on and on.
In my mind, the willingness of our people to volunteer is one of the greatest assets of Marshall County. I see it almost every day – not just on a beautiful weekend in April.
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