Summer really doesn't hit until June 21, but if the warmer weather chooses to come in early I will not complain.
Maybe I just forget but I don't remember the weather being so cool and dreary for so long. Where is spring? I hope we have a good May because April has not been the greatest for weather conditions.
The old saying April showers brings May flowers – I am ready for the flowers to bloom.
I know it will get hot, the rain will stop and I will complain. Complaining is just part of my nature. As long as I can take air conditioner breaks I can handle the heat.
I have to say thank goodness for the wonderful weather we had on Saturday, April 21. I had a busy, busy day. I started out downtown taking pictures of the first Blazin' BBQ Festival in Manila. I left early and arrived at the 1960s reunion at the Manila Community Center. We had a wonderful lunch, good entertainment and spent time catching up. The one thing we all agreed on is the fact we have been out of school 50 years and the time has passed fast. Since it was our 50th reunion year, we were allowed to go through the lunch line first.
After the reunion, I returned to the barbecue festival to finish out the day with more pictures. I have shared a lot of pictures on our web page for everyone to see.
It was a busy day but a good day and I think the weather helped make it even better.
I have to commend the people in charge of the festival and the reunion – both were successful.
Festivals, homecomings, reunions, ball tournaments, or other activities do not just happen. It takes planning, teamwork, time and effort. It also takes support. People have to attend.
The planners and workers can be proud of themselves because I heard a lot of good comments.
I also enjoyed the '60s reunion. A lot of people came from different states. Again, I heard a lot of good comments. People talked about the new high school going up, ball teams from the past and growing up in Manila in the 1950s and 1960s. I think most of us remember spending time at the swimming pool and driving up and down main street over and over again.
I work at one of the most remembered spots of the '50s and '60s -- the former Pig Stand. It was a gathering place. We have had many visitors come into the office and talk about eating a barbecue here.
Like the other area towns, we had drug stores with soda shops, movie theaters, cafes and grocery stores all along the main streets. We didn't even know what a mall was all about.
Nothing stays the same and we have to move forward, but it was good to see so many people downtown again.
Does anyone remember Western Day we once had? It would draw a large crowd with games and activities. I can remember the downtown merchants working together giving out tickets to their customers for prize drawings on Saturdays. It would draw a huge crowd of people.
I guess the 1960s reunion brought back memories, but they are good ones. I hope the young people today can some day look back and have good memories.