“Hey, come look through the window pane, / The bus is comin’, gonna take us to the train / Looks like we’ll be blessed with a little more rain, / four feet high and risin’ …”

— Third verse of “Five Feet High and Risin’” by Johnny Cash

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

You know the second verse to that Johnny Cash hit goes something like (sing along if you want to) “We can make it to the road in a homemade boat / That’s the only thing we got left that’ll float / It’s already over all the wheat and the oats, / Two feet high and risin’”

Just like a lot of other times, old Johnny could have been singing about right here, right now, ’cause we know what he’s singin’ about, don’t we? And here it is Saturday, as close to the end of June as the end of June can get. Sunday is the start of July, and Wednesday, it’s the Fourth of July. A big celebration is planned for that with fireworks out at the lake (if they don’t get rained out) and all kinds of holiday fun.

But here, today, what’s there to do? Please consider the Lyric Performing Arts Company’s Children’s Theatre. There’s two performances, and not only is it a show worth seeing, your attendance and interest boosts the effort of the restoration of the Lyric as Brownwood’s own performing arts center.

Meanwhile do get out and about, enjoy a bit of summer, but don’t forget the mosquito repellent, and, remember, road blocks are for your own good. Nothing on the other side of the barricade or the flooded roadway is worth risking your life, or your loved ones’ lives, to get to. It will be a lot sadder song we’ll all be singing if you risk everything and try to drive across.

‘The Stinky Cheese Man’

Make it for the matinee, or, of course there’s an evening performance of the Lyric Performing Arts Company Children’s Theatre summer production, “The Stinky Cheese Man.” And if you really can’t get there today, the show’s finale is at 2:30 Sunday. Today’s performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Payne University Theatre. Admission is $5, but for groups of 15 or more there is a discount. Call 649-8516 for reservations.

Based on the very popular children’s book, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” by Jon Scieszka, the play reveals the stories behind the stories of some of the most familiar fairy tale frogs, princesses, villains and characters ever written about.

It’s a fun, rollicking play, said Cody Eoff, who has returned for the third year to direct the LPAC’s children’s theatre production.

Farmers’ markets

Get your fresh vegetables, some fruits, berries, eggs and who knows what might be available at either of the two local farmers’ markets.

The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., will be open from 7 a.m. to sellout in the parking lot located in the 500 block of Brown, between Adams and Chandler streets. The City of Bangs is hosting a local farmer’s market, free to vendors and open Saturday mornings in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street.

Lake Brownwood’s

recycle day

The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will cosponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Items accepted are glass, plastic drink bottles, milk jugs, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, aluminum and tin cans. All items must be clean.

Dance, dance, dance

The new Heart of Texas (H.O.T.) Dance Club is hosting its second dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall for $5 per person. Join the free dance lessons at 7 p.m. and then stay for refreshments and casual dancing to a variety of music. For more information call 646-0037 or 646-0048.

Gospel sing in Mullin

Mullin Baptist Church hosts a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at 6 p.m. Featured local quartets are “In His Name,” “Pure Grace,” Barbara Blanton, and Randy and Robbie McLelland of Glen Rose. No admission charge, but a love offering will be taken.

Various and sundry

Distribution Day for Angel Food Ministries is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church at 1073 Early Blvd. Bring one large box to pick up the food, and your receipt. Orders not picked up will be donated. The July menu will be available and orders may be placed at this time. A large multi-family benefit garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Davconn Construction Co. on Early Boulevard next to Pate’s Hardware Store. All proceeds will go to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.