“Open big, have a good comedy act, put in something for children, and keep the show clean.”

— Ed Sullivan

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

This is it, the last act of September’s “really big show,” as old Ed would have said, and all Baby Boomers must remember just how he said it. The older Cooksey kids remember it, for goodness sake, and they didn’t even have TV.

Yes, now that you mention it, the youngest of the older Cooksey kids is 51. But moving on.

Sunday the month of September hits the big 3-0, and after that it’s nothing but 31 days of old October, which may or may not have a scary ending. We’ll talk about that, then.

What we’re talking about now, is today, Saturday, right here in Brown County — the things to do, the places to go, the fun you can have and what you need to know.

From the halls of Montezuma?

Well, that may be a stretch. Who knows where all the good stuff for sale at the Pecan Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League’s annual rummage sale comes from? But some of it could go home with you. The league’s guys will be up and selling stuff at oh, 700, (that’s Marine talk for 7 a.m.) in the parking lot at the corner of Austin Avenue and Coggin (across from Brookshire’s). Proceeds go to support wounded OIF/OEF veterans, detachment activities and local youth programs.

Come home to May

Plenty of fun things are planned for May’s Homecoming, and it’s not too late to join the fun. Registration and visitation for alumni, friends and families will go from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the school library.

Then, (m-m-m-m good), once you’re registered, might as well stay for the homecoming luncheon featuring brisket (and trimmings, we can only presume), which will be served by the May PTC from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the school lunch room. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but this is going to be hard to beat at $5 per plate (just $3 each for children and senior citizens). A dessert auction will follow (speaking of m-m-m-m good).

The homecoming parade will begin at 2 p.m. downtown. The Ex-Students Association will meet at 3 p.m. in either the May High School auditorium or the May lunch room, depending on the weather. Class meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the May Community Center.

Finally, May home comers can trip the night fantastic at the (you guessed it) homecoming dance, which starts at 9 p.m. and goes all the way until 1 a.m. at the May Rodeo Barn. Dancin’ music is by C.D. Sutton and the Outcasts. Tickets at the door will be $7 per person. For information on the May Ex-Students Association, call (325) 646-2815.

Go outside and play (nice)

Officials with the Brown County chapter of the American Heart Association are asking families to go outside and have fun — play, romp, skip, run, jump — anything that gets the heart rate up a bit. Today, is, it so happens, considered the Worldwide Day of Play and its sponsored by the American Heart Association and Nickelodeon. No rules, no fuss, just have fun. And don’t worry, kids, you won’t miss anything on TV. The cable network will go dark from noon until 3 p.m.

Various and sundry

Distribution day for Angel Food Ministries will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 1073 Early Blvd. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excess trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street. The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets for open dance practice from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Main and Depot. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will co-sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Bridge Fire Station on Highway 279 south of the bridge. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, will be open from 7 a.m. to sell out in the 500 block of Brown Street in the lot between Adams and Chandler.