“So we raise her up every morning, take her down every night. / We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up right. / On second thought, I do like to brag, / ’Cause I’m mighty proud of the Ragged Old Flag.”
— concluding verse of Johnny Cash classic “Ragged Old Flag”
Call it a grand old Saturday, and stripe it red, white and blue. It’s Flag Day, Saturday, and there are plenty of pleasant — and patriotic — kinds of things on the calendar that will just make it seem like summer.
From reunions and get-togethers and a fun times out at Camp Bowie, to the farmer’s market, the kinds of things happening today are the kinds of things summers were meant to have. Take time to enjoy them, because when it all comes down to it, taking the time to do the pleasant and enjoyable things, are the things you never regret doing.
Give the list below a run through, then load up and head out to make it a great day. Smile at everyone you meet, and wave to the ones you don’t know just like they’re your friends.
Get there bright and early for the best stuff. And yes, we know, it’s sort of between seasons, and summer’s biggest bounty’s not ready. But it will come. So come on, a few squash, some potted plants and sweet peppers that put a little zip to sandwich, meat or salad. This year, the Brown County Farmers Market is located under the Bill Monroe Overpass, at the corner of Avenue A and Brady Avenue, where the recycling trailer is every month. They’ll start selling at 7 a.m. and if they sell out before you get there today, don’t despair. They’ll be back with more, same time, same station, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the season.
Rummage sale at St. John’s
Good stuff, gently used and stuff you may not be able to do without — you better check it out before it’s gone. Treasures, trinkets, clothes, books, linens, furniture, dishes and more will be available.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of 700 Main and Depot Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
‘A Day at the Camp’
The 111th Engineer Battalion soldiers will host “A Day at the Camp” and open house at the Camp Bowie National Guard Armory, with a free fun-filled day for children and their parents in store.
The event celebrates the 233rd birthday of the U.S. Army, and it’s also Flag Day, and will help promote patriotism, enhance military awareness and honor the deployed service members of all branches of the military. Games and military displays will open at 1 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. Hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be served from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Special displays and simulators have been scheduled by the Army and Navy.
There’ll be rock walls to climb and military equipment to explore and ways to show support for those now serving.
All former students and teachers are invited to the 27th annual Clio-Owens-Holder Reunion, being held today and Sunday at the Blanket Community Center. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and those attending are asked to bring sandwiches, chips and cookies for the evening meal this evening and a covered dish for the noon meal on Sunday. Bread, drinks, paper plates and cups will be furnished. And for the most fun of all, attendees are asked to bring white elephant items for sale, and the revenue for the sale will go to pay meeting expenses.
Elm Grove VFD Fish Fry
The Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish fry and cake auction fund-raiser starting at 5 p.m. at the Elm Grove Community Center on FM 765 in San Saba County. The public is invited to support the department.
Routine and regular
• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.
• 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.
• Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.
• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8-9 a.m. seven days a week and at noon each Wednesday at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.
• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.
• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.
• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team holds test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for more information about club events.