Sunday, August 5, 2007

Pickford Hay Days 2007

Each year Pickford Michigan holds its annual Community Days on the first weekend in August. This year's theme was Pickin' and Grinnin'. Arlene and I went early Saturday morning to set up our chairs on main street to save a spot to watch the parade. My Mom Gloria, sister Cindy and her husband Dave set up beside us. Our friend Mary Sue, her little dog Tiny and her friend Carol sat with us also. The parade was really nice this year and we enjoyed it very much. My Dad's sister Mary Hessel and two of her friends were there and my Dad's brother Dewey Smith and his wife Greta. My cousin Larry Smith and his wife are home from Texas and we saw them at the parade also. After the parade, Arlene, Mom, Cindy, Dave and I went to the Town Hall for the Lions lunch, then walked to the Methodist Church for the Strawberry Social. As you can tell, food is a major attraction at Hay Days.

We visited the Pickford Historical Museum and saw the new Veterans Memorial there. Wow, what a great display. There is a wall plaque with nameplates of Pickford resident's that served or are serving in the armed forces; along with photos, uniforms and newspaper clippings.

We all then went to my Uncle Jays, my Dad's brother, to see their house. This house is very old and Uncle Jay and Aunt Adriene's sons, Larry, Bill and Mark, and their son-in-law are painting it for them. The house belonged to my Mother's grandmother, Margaret Clegg-Wise and then at some point, Grandpa and Grandma Smith bought it and lived there until Grandpa's death in 1968, then Uncle Jay and his family lived in it. So the house has very strong ties to my family.

After that Arlene and I went to the Town Hall to listen to some great blue-grass music played by local musicians, some of whom are good friends of ours.

We took a trip to Camp Chicken to pick up our trailer so that we can go get lumber to build Arlene a new deer hunting shack. We plan to build it in our back yard here in the Soo and trailer it out to Pickford to Camp Chicken in pieces then put it together. Since neither one of us have ever built one before, it should make for some interesting times.

1 comment:

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Hey Cathy, welcome to the blogosphere! Your first post is great. Sounds like you got to see a lot of the family over the weekend -- very cool. It'll be great for us to be able to see what you're up to. Keep on bloggin'! Love, Judy