“I got a hot rod Ford and a two-dollar bill / And I know a spot right over the hill / There’s soda pop and the dancin’ free / But if you wanna have fun come along with me . . .”
— From “Hey Good Lookin’ ” by Hank Williams
Didn’t we promise things would be poppin’ in June? Practically the first weekend of, and things are happening all over the place — from bluegrass to hot rods, barbecues and whoop-ti-do’s.
Get your fresh fruits and veggies at the opening for the season farmers’ market today (there’s rumor of a bumper crop this year) and drop off your recycling while you’re there under the bridge. What else? Well according to the info we’ve got, there’s a little dancin’, and just a whole lot of doin’.
Just like ol’ Hank would croon if he were here, “If you wanna have fun, come along …”
Texas Bluegrass Celebration
There’s rosin on the bow, and it is time for the show. The fifth (but who’s counting?) annual Texas Bluegrass Celebration continues (show opens at 11:45 a.m.) today at the Brownwood Coliseum with just about the best bluegrass music anywhere in the state.
The Tennessee Gentlemen are the opening band for today’s rotation, and they’ll take the stage at 12:25 p.m. Bands play on a 40-minute rotation with Ellis County Bluegrass, then Lonesome Prairie, Triple L Band and Clear River in the rotation. The bands (and you can too) will take an hour-long supper break from 4:55 to 5:55 p.m. Last set begins at 6:50 p.m. A $15 ticket gets you into the cool, air-conditioned coliseum for the whole day — and you can buy the ticket at the door.
Hot rod Fords and more
The Heartland Rod Run with more than 200 cars expected will be held at the Early Chamber of Commerce next to Pate’s Hardware throughout the day. Now folks this is an ignition to brakes kind of show — you got your vintage cars and rods, games and (heavy on the and) an air slide and bounce room for children. Car registration is 8 a.m., and prizes will be handed out at 3:30 p.m. There are, by the way, a total of 35 trophies and $3,500 in prize money to be given away at this year’s event. Now if you’re a regular for these shows, do note, this year’s event has been relocated because of construction at Riverside Park.
And did somebody say dance? Well, you got it — Rockin’ Rick and The Corvettes will be puttin’ on the groove from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sonic at 974 Early Boulevard.
What ya got cookin’
Well a brand new recipe may be as close as the next bridge. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market opens for the season at 7 a.m. and continues until sell out at a new, shaded location — under the Bill Monroe Overpass at Austin Avenue, Avenue A and Brady.
You know the place, it’s where Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood host the first Saturday of the month recycling trailer. And, this is the first Saturday of June. Recycle glass, cardboard, magazines, white office paper, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda and water bottles, milk jugs and telephone books. All items must be clean (though smudgy phone books are allowed). Trailer hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barbecue times two
• The May Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a community appreciation barbecue at noon in the May school cafeteria. The menu is barbecue brisket, beans, potato salad, desserts and tea. Everyone is invited. The lunch is offered in appreciation of the support received from the residents and property owners of the May community and surrounding areas.
• Trinity Chapel Church, 1040 Early Blvd., invites the public to join them for a brisket dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help raise funds for its youth group’s summer camp. Deliveries will be made starting at 11 a.m. The meal includes brisket, beans, potato salad and dessert. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. For information, call Paul Beam at 642-9527.
•Lake Brownwood First United Methodist Church will hold a church-wide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church, 5751 Highway 279.
• The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to participate with their parents.
• The Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad Club will have its 10 a.m. monthly meeting at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. Anyone from throughout the area who is interested in this unique hobby are encouraged to attend. Please call Jim at 646-6137 for more information and membership inquiries.
• A radiology reunion will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Adams Street Community Center, Room C. Anyone who worked in any capacity in the radiology department at the previous Brownwood Memorial Hospital or the current Brownwood Regional Medical Center is invited to attend — radiologists, technologists, ancillary personnel, darkroom technicians and transportation aides.
• Abundant Life Church, 1120 Belle Plain by Commerce Square, will hold a garage sale today with all proceeds going to the children’s and youth missions for the summer. All types of items, big and small, will be offered.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 6:30 p.m. daily at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood.
• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. and a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Music will be by George Allison and Friends. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Cost is $4 per person.