By Kathy Magoto
August 29, 2014
Some people believe summer is over when school starts back up, but those words are coming from those who are heading back to school.
For those of us who work jobs that don’t allow a summer break we understand that summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 21 and that there is still plenty of great weather ahead. Some of us in the working class even believe the fall season is the best time of the year and plan our vacation accordingly. But if we are weekend boaters, cottage dwellers or fishermen we realize fewer ideal weather days are ahead until one day it’s time to close up for the year.
But if we fall under the classification of snowbird retirees, we basically squeeze two summers into one year by leaving Ohio when the cold weather arrives. So why should the start of a new school year cause any disappointment? The winter months allow the south bound seniors to reconnect with acquaintances they haven’t seen since the previous winter.
The bottom line is that this is the mega Labor Day weekend with the All Class Reunion celebration on Main Street making this weekend relevant to most everyone that went through school, especially those who went to VHS. The downtown store windows have been filled with memorabilia dating as far back as the late 1800s.
Regardless of age everyone should have a good time reminiscing, visiting, eating ice cream, listening to music, sipping wine, nibbling on popcorn, or enjoying any number of other beverages. There will be ample seating so you don’t have to go home weary before the evening is concluded.
Tonight beer sales begin at 4, wine sales and music begins at 6. I recommend you listen to the band “Offbeat” who plays from 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. They play good classic rock. The five piece band includes a trumpeter which adds a dynamic dimension to their sound. Drop by the Welcome Tent, sign in and get the schedule of events and music for the entire weekend.
Sunday evening another of my favorite bands performs, “Mustang Sally.” They are a high-energy band that really enthralls their audiences. The vocals are incredible and I love the fiddle and banjo instrumentals. They will be performing at 7 - 10 p.m.
Photos of school days are treasures
Of a special kind
And every time we see them
They bring so many memories to mind.
As the years passed swiftly by
There are so many things to recall
Beginning with kindergarten
When we were very small.
In school education was our foundation
Knowledge to last our whole life long
We might have enjoyed the years of learning more
Had we understood how soon those years would be gone.
This Sunday, the Versailles Museum will feature homemade bean soup, corn bread, chili soup, hot ham sandwiches, hot dogs and sweets from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. They will also have entertainment provided by D.J. Karen Holsapple.
Russia has their annual homecoming picnic this Saturday and Sunday, too.
Special thanks to Peggy Borgerding for proofreading today’s column and happy birthday to Katie French, Louise Grilliot, Chloe Alexander, Shirley Baker, Jacqui Rethman, Colton Reese, Lynda York, Dawn Petitjean, Karen Platfoot, Jean Worden, Kelli Longfellow, Lynn, Brooks and Tessa Blakeley, Mary Jo High, Julie Poeppelman, Cathy Huber, Carol Frey, Carol Dunkel, Cameo Monnin, Mary Anne Stucke, Kathy Gehret, and Karen Holsapple. Happy anniversary wishes to Megan and Keith Wuebker (3), Heather and Todd Prenger, Lori and Rob Cordonnier (20), Shawn and Chris Kemper (27), Debbie and Art Francis (35), Joan and Larry Roll (46), Linda and Carl Meyer (51), and Peggy and Jack Borgerding (60), Virginia and Herman Smith (65), and Dorothy and Pete Mangen (74).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Betty Kremer, Marilyn Barga, Isabella Yakos, Bob Homan, Gloria Miller, Hayden Shields, Ruth Hoelscher, Verena Bohman, Marlene Ward, Tim Magoto, Annabelle & Basil Subler, Fred Bruns, Marilyn Barge, John Griesdorn, Payton Platfoot, Al Bliss, Kelli Berger, Ed Grilliot, Virginia Pittsenbarger, Cindy Brumbaugh, Chris Kemper, Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Irene Broering, Joe Slonkosky, Jack Borgerding, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Peaches Boyer, Jean Hartzell, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Rusty Whittaker, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard and all those dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends Billy Hayes also remembering the lives of Roy Henry, Walt Frey, Judy Harman, Karen Stone, Bev Armstrong, Glenna Burke, Margaret Reck, Dan Batty Louis Doenges, Charline Schmit, Max Huffman, Mildred McEldowney, John Vehorn, and Vertie Horner as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
”Although we shouldn’t live in the past it’s still a nice place to visit.” ~Unknown
”It takes a long time to grow and old friend.” ~Unknown
”It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~Ralph Waldo
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.