August seems to be moving right along. The town is buzzing with activity. Clean up and spiffy up is happening already, in preparation for Labor Day. Farmers are busy from daybreak to dark. And it is appropriately hot. Two more weeks and Labor Day weekend will transform our sleep little town into a hubbub of activity. Welcome all. We do have the best Labor Day Picnic anywhere. I’m sure there will be some political talkers on the picnic grounds.
I want to say a personal thank you to the Neighbor-2-Neighbor group. They ascended on my lawn early Saturday and transformed in from an overgrown, under maintained wilderness into a cleaned and clipped yard. Their work is much appreciated. I also want to say a community thank you, because they did this to many places that day. Their mission was to pretty up Rector and they did it. They did it with smiles and hard work. An army of volunteers from school, churches, and everyday life here came together like they do every year. We all thank you.
Now let’s talk about Labor Day. As always canned vegetables are needed for the noon meal. If you want, you can purchase them at Harp’s. They have the list of what is needed, and they will deliver. You can bring homemade desserts to the Community Center Monday morning. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on Labor Day at the corner of Main and 3rd.
T-shirts are on sale at Centennial Bank of Rector, Honeysuckle & Home, Rector Downtown Drug, and Glen Sain of Rector. The Rector Black Cats class of 1984 reunion will be at Shindiggs, 304 South Main from 1:30 -4:30 Saturday, August 31. The class of 1964 will meet from 4:00 – 6:00 on Saturday at the Rector Community Center.. Let me know of other class reunions and I will include them in next week’s column. Check the Rector Labor Day Facebook page for the latest information on events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/124099237732556/
The Ultimate Oldies will be at the Rector Community Center on August 30. the Friday before Labor Day. Tickets are already on sale. You can get them at the Rector Water Department or call (870) 595-3035. The cost is still $15.00 for general admission and $20.00. for reserved seating. It is great show and always has a crowd so get your tickets early. Doors will open at 6:30 and the show will start at 7:00. See you there!
The Annual 5-K run will be held in Rector on Saturday August 31. Proceeds for this benefit the RHS Helping Hands Association which provides for children in need. See their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/369719983678241/
Rector Native, Bill Carter and his daughter will be in town for the Labor Day festivities. They will be sharing their experiences in the world of business and entertainment at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 1 at 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Rector Community Museum. Please come by.
Check out the window display at the Rector Community Museum. It is stunning. There is a lot of work going on there. The hours will be extended on Sunday, September 1, so you can come and visit after the Carter’s event.
The heat is on. It is August after all. Don’t leave children, pets or elderly people in cars during the summer months. It gets hot really fast in a closed car. Also, if you have outside pets, be sure they have shade, shelter and water. Those plastic pre-fab shelters are not cool. They magnify the heat and become an oven. Please take care of your outside animals.
I will be glad to post your Labor Day plans for reunions and functions in the column if you will let me know. I will also put them on the city calendar. Give me a call, send me an email or Facebook me.
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.