“Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.”

- Rutherford B. Hayes, born Oct. 4, 1892, 19th president of the U.S.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton

Brownwood Bulletin

Wowsers, what a Saturday we’ve got going today. It is stem to stern, front to back, beginning to end, breakfast through dinner filled the places to go and things to do - all right here in Brown County. You want it, you’ve got it, from festivals, fund-raisers, rummage sales, homecomings and whoop-to-do’s and probably plenty in-between.

Why maybe in other weeks we could write whole paragraphs about the calendar items, and still get them all in. But not this week, this week it’s got to be a little bit about a lot of things. Good things, for certain, and far be it for us to say “too much of a good thing.”

But with such an abundance, it’s best to be brief here and keep on with the going’s on.

SOS Breakfast

Those American Legion guys, they think we don’t know what SOS means. In fact we do, but they’re not saying so we won’t either. But we will give you the real “big hand, little hand” time. Here it is straight,

American Legion Post 196 is hosting its annual SOS Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., at the Legion Hall, 2715 Crockett across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Support veteran and youth programs. Tickets will be sold at the door, $5 each.

‘Lord’s Acre’ fall festival

Bangs First United Methodist Church “Lord’s Acre” fall festival activities begin at 9 a.m. with a bake sale, craft sale and a continuation of the garage sale in the Youth Activity Center, 807 South First St. in Bangs. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., a hamburger lunch will be served. Drinks, chips and dessert are included in the $7 price. Prior to the serving of the traditional turkey and dressing dinner, the sanctuary choir of the church will perform old-time gospel classics. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets for the meal are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. The highlight of the evening will be the auction featuring donated items from the community.

Howard Payne homecoming

Welcome home, Howard Payne faithful, and, of course, happy homecoming. It’s a big day, of course. A parade at 10 a.m., downtown; a noontime presentation of rings to the national championship Lady Jackets; and the 2 p.m. football game.

The curtain will go up on the homecoming play, “Kabooooom!” at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Payne University Theatre.

A host of other activities will be under way on campus between 8 a.m. and the 7:30 p.m. sports banquet, too, so go register at the Wellness Center, pick up a detailed schedule and enjoy as much of the day as you can.

Sales and fund-raisers

• Blanket Project Graduation is sponsoring a city-wide garage sale in Blanket. Maps to where you can stop, and shop, are available at the Whistle Stop.

• The May Community Center will have an inside rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the May Community Center in paying utility bills, insurance on the building, upkeep of the building and improvements.

• The Woman’s Club of Brownwood is holding a gigantic rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the building formerly occupied by Pulido’s, 2404 Highway 377 South.

• The Brownwood High School Choir will sell Krispy-Kreme doughnuts beginning at 8 a.m. at Hastings, Sliger’s, both Doc’s Drug Store locations and Heartland Mall. The choir is raising funds for its trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.

• A fund-raising concert, dinner and silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. at Aldersgate Enrichment Center, 5001 Highway 183/84, south of Early.

• Benefit Play Day for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ridin’ for a Reason sign up will be at 1 p.m. and start time 2 p.m. at the Blanket School Arena. All proceeds got to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

First Saturday happenings

• The Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad Club will have its 10 a.m. monthly meeting at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum, 700 East Adams St.

• The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon in the store’s parking lot. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to participate with their parents.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. George Allison and Friends will provide the dance music. A snack bar will be open. Cost is $4 per person.

Always on the calendar

• 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 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.