Well, Hurricane Nate, with an emphasis on “hurry,” sped through the Gulf and ran quickly through the coastal areas without causing as much damage as was feared. As another of the recent environmental phenomena to set a record, his was for being the fastest moving hurricane in recorded history, Nate made landfall Saturday night as a category 1. He pushed the tides high and blew hard, but like a restless child, he ran quickly inland and turned north, losing strength as he did. At least we are not looking at another disaster unfolding this Monday morning. But there is still the rest of the week to get through.
Here, we have been enjoying welcome dry weather as the cotton farmers hustle to get their crops in and to the gin. Although the temperatures are still summer-like, they aren’t unbearable. But I will certainly welcome some drastic cool down when it gets here.
We always seem to have a lot going on in the fall. Once Labor Day is over, it is ball games and fall activities, one following quickly after the other. Halloween is one of my favorites. I love seeing all the children, little and big, decked out in their Halloween costumes and knowing they are having fun too. I guess I better get out there and get my candy bought before it’s all gone.
This is going to be a busy week. Not only do we have Jr and Sr football on Thursday and Friday nights, Saturday is the Rector City Wide Yard Sale. No permits are necessary for selling from your home for this day. If you want to join up with people selling from the Memorial Park, get there early. The booths are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.
After you have bought and sold all day long, Rector Downtown Central is going to entertain you with a movie in the Downtown Park. “Hocus Pocus” is a perfect movie for this time of year and you can let the children roam while you relax a bit, sort of. According to the weatherman in my phone, Saturday should be clear and should cool down nicely after dark.
On Sunday afternoon Jerry Chilcutt and Candy Hill will be giving a special piano performance at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The public is invited as they dedicate a baby grand piano, given to the church by Mary McBride. They will play a variety of music ranging from standard fare to Broadway and movie themes. It will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. It promises to be a great musical experience and wonderful fellowship. Plan to come and enjoy.
Friday, the 20th the Arkansas Health Department will have flu clinic at the Rector Community Center. If you need a flu shot, you can get one there. They will be at the community center from 11:30 – 3:30. That’s Friday, October 20th.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Fashion Show on November 3, presented by the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. Dinner, fashion show, silent auction, and music by Larry Norred; it will be a fun-filled evening and will benefit the CCAC scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased from any board member and several locations in Rector and Piggott. Lisa Jett has tickets in Corning. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information.
November 18, the Rector Community Center will hold their 6th Annual Fall Craft Fair. We have some outstanding vendors each year. It is a good place to begin your Christmas shopping. There will be breakfast and lunch at the snack bar. We don’t even care about the weather as it is all indoors. Plan to drop by sometime during the day and browse the many items available. The fair will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Don’t forget, your county taxes will be delinquent a week from today, so if you haven’t paid them yet, it’s time.
And don’t forget! “American Pickers” is going to be filming this month in Arkansas. Yes indeed. If you have an interesting collection of antiques you might want to give them a call. 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or send an email. AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column.
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