The summer holiday is welcomed to New Madison every year with a hometown parade, food and a splendid fireworks show.
This 4th of July celebration includes a dedication of an historic marker in front of the New Madison Public Library. The marker notes the passage of the Abraham Lincoln funeral train that passed through the village depot on the sad trip to Illinois. The marker will be unveiled at 2 p.m. with Scott Trostel, historian, author and artist as guest speaker. Trostel created the marker. This program is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. You might consider bringing lawn chairs.
The Friends of the Library will have the annual book sale. Many choices in reading material will be available at a bargain price and it will provide hours of adventure and information.
Start your day with the pancake and sausage breakfast the United Methodist Church at 7 a.m. This will be all you can eat and plenty of juice and coffee too. Adults are $7, and, youth, aged 6 to 12, enjoy pancakes for $4. Boys and girls under age 6 eat free. Serving continues through 10 a.m.
You can enjoy many activities around town and note food is available at sites around the school area all day. The parade is at 3 p.m. and the sparkles and colors will light the sky around 10 p.m.
Speaking of the parade, there will be a float by the children participating in Camp Growth at the United Methodist Church. Kick off for this month long program in learning and review is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. July 2nd. Included in those activities will be float decorating. Ponies, a bounce house and other fun events are planned and pizza will be served. Parents, get the kids ready for this fun month. Attend the kick off and preregister your children. The church is offering this program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 5 to July 27. Each day children are busy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program is under the direction of Stephanie Baugardner, teacher at Tri-Village. It is a ministry of the United Methodist Church. All Tri-Village children are encouraged to attend. Baumgardner has scheduled science, Spanish, art and Bible study on Tuesdays. There will be landscape/gardening, cooking and community visits on Wednesdays. This will be the day children walk to the library for special reading projects. Thursday’s schedule calls for math, problem solving and music. Lunch is provided free each day. It is free, it is fun and it is full of activities to keep minds stimulated during the summer. If you have questions, call 937-459-2616.
Remember the kick-off party from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 2.
Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.