Since last week’s column we have had a taste of summer, with temperatures in the low 70s, a reminder of winter with temperatures in the low 20s and rain and rain and more rain. Today we keep an eye on the river stages all around us and watch where we are driving, because there is flash flooding everywhere. So be careful out there. Always remember it is a bad idea to drive across water when you can’t see the road beneath it.
Saturday night was the Night of Chocolate, presented by the Clay County Arts Council. It was a terrific evening. A full house included people from Rector, Piggott, Bono and even further afield. I was glad to see Melba and Carl Bradberry. Good food and a table surrounded by some of my best friends made the evening sparkle. The play, “Farce of Nature” was fantastic. It was so funny and filled with energetic shenanigans it kept us all in stitches.
The auctioneer was terrific too. We had some awesome auction items. This is the primary source of the scholarships the CCAC gives each year to deserving high school seniors. The CCAC is a dynamic organization, promoting the arts in our community and supporting the artists, young and older as they continue on their creative journeys. We owe a lot to the organization, it’s administrators and its many supporters. Thank you, CCAC for all you do.
Today is the Westminster Dog show. Hayden and Emma Crancer were there with Louie, of course. Louie won a reward of merit, no small thing in this world-wide competition. Congratulations Louie and Hayden. Next year Best in Show. Safe travels home.
This Thursday, February 14 the Rector Community Museum will host a Valentines Day Music and Sweet Memories event. Come out and celebrate at the Museum on Main Street from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Chrissy Pazanowski will romance us with her beautiful voice. I hear she takes requests. See you there.
Ronda Haney thought for a brief while that she was on the way home, but not just yet. I think they may be keeping her because they enjoy her company as much as we do. She and John Haney are still Little Rock, so if you feel like sending her a card, I know she appreciates that. Still improving and still homesick. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses they are facing, you can contribute to the account at Centennial Bank, 809 East 9th St., Rector. The account is in the name of Ronda Haney and Alex Green. You can also contribute through Paypal: https//www.paypal.me/rondaandalex . And if you would like a snazzy bracelet, go to the Facebook page of Sarah Pruett Boyd. She has hand made bracelets for sale with all the proceeds going to Ronda and Alex.
Saturday, February 23, prepare yourself for the Ryan Rogers Annual Chili/Soup/Jambalaya Cook-off at the Rector Community Center. Call 870 595-3035 for entry forms and information. Then save the date whether you want to enter your own prizewinning recipe or just come to eat.
Also mark your calendars for March 30th we will be celebrating Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day again. This year the featured honorees will be Purple Heart recipients. If you or a relative or a friend has received a Purple Heart in the service of this country, regardless of which war, please send us the specifics of that honor. You can send them to me or to Joey Pruett or you can post them on the Facebook page: Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home.
A lot going on in Rector this spring. I suppose this is all I have for this week. What else is going on that you would like to see in this column. Give me a heads up and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.