Stage is set for a sensational summer season

Stage is set for a sensational summer season

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 8:00 pm
By: By Kevin Bowden

The countdown is approaching single digits for students and teachers ready for school to be out.
It’s almost time to crank up the Alice Cooper classic.
Backyard vegetable gardens are sprouting up all across Obion County.
Grass clippings are drifting across the roads to signal the summer mowing season has begun.
A nearly non-existent winter is giving way to bright, sunny skies and temperatures are creeping into the 80s across the area.
Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like summer in Obion County.
The winter covers are coming off local pools. Winter wardrobes are being replaced by T-shirts and shorts. Dull brown lawns have turned lush green with blooming dandelions sprouting up all over.
I’ve already enjoyed a few pleasure rides on my motorcycle and I’ve noticed more riders out and about during all the nice spring weather we’ve had in recent weeks.
With the advent of summer comes time to shift gears to more outdoor activities.
I’ve just about had enough of HGTV shows demonstrating just how simple it is to transform a dull yard into a backyard oasis. It’s time to tune out Ahmed and tune in to the great outdoors.
It shouldn’t be too long before the start of the Obion County Farmers Market, where you can discover a fine selection of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, corn and other garden treats all grown by local gardeners.
I’ve already got a few small tomato plants and some herbs planted in my backyard veggie garden. I’m hopeful for a crop that will fill at least a few salad bowls.
Parks around the county have already started filling up with ballgames and people venturing out for a stroll on walking tracks.
Soon at Reelfoot Lake there will be pontoon boat cruises offered, including moonlight boat cruises and sunset boat cruises.
There is also an assortment of community festivals and events planned throughout the summer — the Hometown Walk of Hope, Fourth of July celebrations, performances at the Capitol Theatre, and even though it’s not a local event, I can’t wait for the 2012 Summer Olympics in my hometown.
There are a few summer scenes absent from the local landscape this summer. There is no more Virgin’s Nursery, and I’m going to miss my annual Saturday morning trips through the perennials. Union City’s municipal pool is also gone, and that’s something I’m really going to miss.
But there is always the plaza behind the Obion County Public Library. It’s an ideal place to visit with a good book and a cup of coffee.
HERE & THERE: Need your vehicle washed and a way to support a good cause? Check out the Youth Leadership Obion County’s car wash Saturday morning at Smith-Reed building on East Reelfoot Avenue; If you’re looking to spruce up your home with a few plants, check out the plant sale Saturday at Obion County Central High School’s Ag Department; Some major personnel changes in the Obion County School System is causing quite a stir; A variety of fundraising events are being scheduled leading up to the Obion County Cancer Agency’s Hometown Walk of Hope. I encourage everyone to support this very worthwhile event; The grand opening of the walking trail in north Union City is just 11 days away; If you check out the Obion County Fair’s website, there’s a countdown feature that will inform you down to the minute how much longer it is until opening ceremonies at the fairgrounds; RIP Levon.
Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.28.12

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