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Monday, May 25, 2015

Greene County is the place to be this weekend

Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 8:36 PM

Old man winter seemed to be fighting to stick around on a couple of days this week, but this looks like the weekend when he finally gets chased out of Greene County. The weather forecast says sunny and breezy with highs near 80 -- perfect.

Besides gardening and yard work and spring cleaning, there's plenty to do.

Saturday starts with a biscuit and gravy and pancake breakfast at the Lyons Senior Center from 7-10 a.m. The cost is a donation of any amount. It's not just for Lyons folks -- if you're going out for coffee, why not drive down and help a good cause? Plus, everyone knows Seniors are the best cooks in the county. They're also having a bake sale and raffling off some fancy pots and pans.

After breakfast, gardeners might want to wander north -- the Worthington Garden Club is having its Spring Plant Auction in the Community Building at the Worthington Park. This is a big event -- its main fundraiser. The gardeners bring in plants (and some crafty items too) and starts and cuttings from their own gardens. They auction them off one at a time and it's a lot of fun. High quality -- low price. The auction starts at 10 a.m. but I'd go a bit early to check out the plants and see what they've got to eat. They always have a free food table. This one isn't just for Worthington folks -- everyone is invited and the club members themselves are from all over.

In Linton, I saw in Community Notes that the library is having a "Spring Fling" from 12:30 p.m. until mid-afternoon. It's a music celebration with a live bluegrass band followed by steel drums.

At the Greene County Fairgrounds east of Switz City, the Master Gardeners are having their annual Flower and Patio Show this weekend. You get in free to wander through all kinds of booths and demonstrations. Plants will be for sale and their ad says "free trees" plus food and a raffle. That's going on from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Also in Worthington -- a long-awaited event -- the official re-opening of the Hinchman Shelterhouse in the Worthington Park.

The shelterhouse was absolutely devastated in the Great Flood of 2008 last June and it's taken all this time to get it back in order. It was a terrible mess. Everything in there was ruined. And members of the Park Board had a lot of extra work to do that wasn't in the job description when they volunteered to serve. They made it through. The whole building has been gutted and refurbished with new everything including paint, kitchen appliances, furnace, etc.

They're celebrating by hosting an open house on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. They want everyone to stop in and see the building and enjoy a walk in the park. They're serving free pie and ice cream.

Sometime between 3:30 and 4 p.m., a LifeEvac helicopter will be flying in and landing behind the Eastern Greene High School. They're coming in to put the medical helicopter on display during a School Carnival sponsored by the ACE organization.

The carnival starts at 4 p.m. with games, prizes, food and more until 8 p.m. It'll be around the upper balcony of the gym with food in the cafeteria. Everyone is invited and it looks to be a very special event in the Eastern community. Organizer Mistie Anderson had some of games set up at the last school board meeting and they were really neat. Someone's been doing some fancy woodworking in the shop over there to create such unique games.

It's a weekend to get out and go somewhere, but maybe not to Monroe County. This is Little 5 weekend over there -- yesiree, Greene County's the place to be.

Anna is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at indianarose@fastmail.us .

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Anna Rochelle is editor of the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us or by calling the office at 812-847-4487.