Have fun, get artsy, help others

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 10, 2002

April's here and there are several activities in the area to get out enjoy (let's hope) some nice spring weather and maybe, just maybe help out the community a bit. Let's look at a few…

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's # 1 fundraiser and it is truly a team effort. Make that a lot of teams

over 40 of them from throughout the county. Churches, schools, grocery stores, pharmacies, insurance agencies, banks

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they're all a part of the effort to battle a disease that has touched so many lives.

It's a serious issue, but you can sure have fun along the way with this relay. There's all types of raffles going on, great food being served, and bake sales, rummage sales, etc., all to help earn money toward the $120,000-plus goal.

That's a whole lot of dough to most of us. Yet I dare say most of us can spare a few dollars for a barbecue plate or a buck to buy a raffle ticket. As Joan Reynolds, chairperson for the Butler County ACS says, "When we all come together and each do our part, it all works."

West Point Stevens is sponsoring a great event to raise money for their fledgling team

something the whole family can enjoy. They are planning a carnival at Confederate Park on April 20 with a kiddie train ride, moonwalk', games, good food and more. Sounds like a blast!

I attended my first Relay event last May

but I don't think it will be my last. Why, the Dude looks like a lady' beauty pageant alone is worth the effort to head out to the fairgrounds on May 10. There's also the talent contest, (more) food, all the creative tent decorations to check and much, much more. It's a good time

for a great cause. Hope to see you there!

I must confess I mention this next item with a tear in my eye. Yep, it's the annual Greenville-Butler County Library used book sale this weekend, an event I always eagerly anticipate…and one I'm going to miss this year. (I'll be in Birmingham to sing at my niece's wedding.)

Well, I guess that gives someone else a chance to bag all those wonderful book bargains…(deep sigh). You know, we are fortunate to have such a fantastic library that serves our entire county. So folks, get yourselves some great summer reading…and think of me.

I understand the fine ladies of St. Thomas Episcopal are holding a rummage sale coming up in early May (that's right, girls, shopping). Burke McFerrin will be passing on more information about this event to yours truly and we'll keep you posted. (OK, I'm stayin' in town that weekend.)

I also encourage everyone to turn out this Sunday afternoon at the old Greenville Ford location and join us for the grand opening of the Fine Arts League Spring Art Show and Sale slated for April 7 – April 21. The arts are so often under-appreciated in modern society so, please support your local artists. (There are free refreshments this Sunday and it costs nothing to browse…. Though we'll be more than happy if you decide to buy.)

So the next time somebody says, "There's nothing to do in Greenville"

you tell em Angie says, "No way, Jose." Enjoy your spring!