“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Cunning-ham — not even close to mimicking Eliza Doolittle doing her speaking exercises — has pronounced the rain will be falling mainly on the plain, west of Brownwood, west of San Angelo, even.

That is once the heavy showers of late Friday, early Saturday have passed. But, Cunningham said, it’s going to be “iffy” for anyone whose weekend activities are depending on sunshine and clear skies. Fun at Lake Brownwood? It could happen, he said, but this is probably not the best weekend.

“It’s all very ‘iffy’,” Cunningham said. “It’s not your typical sunshiny weekend in August.”

And who’s going to argue with a weather guy?

Not us, for goodness sake. There’s no joy in standing in the rain, with your umbrella stuck in a closet, mumbling, “He said it wouldn’t rain.” And it’s hardly anything to celebrate, to have your umbrella to hang onto and not lose, and the sun shining like it’s the Mojave Desert.

But let us just say, you can have your rain, your cooler than usual Saturday in August. And you can pout about it, or you can get up and about, do what you can and plan the rest for a sunshiny day. This is Texas, you know, and another sunny day will surely dawn.

What have we got planned for the day? Just have a look-see below and find out.

Too wet to mow

Volunteers have had to cancel the work day planned for today at Greenleaf Cemetery. Even if the rain stops, the ground is soaked, and so, organizers have decided to try and have the work day another day.

Stay tuned for the day and details. Meanwhile, rain or shine, to keep up with the cleanup efforts, and to learn how you can help care for the historic cemetery’s grounds, log onto the group’s Web site at www.savegreenleaf.com. They’ve got T-shirts for sale to help the cause.

Give us a ‘Z’

That’s because the Zephyr Cheerleaders and Drill Team will be having a fund-raiser rummage sale today at the Zephyr Fire Department parking lot. And if you’re not in the market for some quality rummage, today, how about putting down some cash for some real blueberry muffins and drinks and, the Z-girls will be taking orders for Krispy Kremes.

More rummage

The United Methodist Women — Brownwood are hosting their annual fund-raiser rummage sale to benefit local, national and international mission and charity projects. Sale will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, First United Methodist Church Brownwood.

It’s all good stuff, we’ve been told — furniture to fine art, knick knacks and collectibles. Come see, come shop.

If you feel like dancing

You’ll have to wait until next week when the Heart of Texas Dance Club meets at St. John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Main and Depot, for a real dance — with deejay and everything. Tonight the HOT Dance Club isn’t even going to practice, like they usually do from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to next Saturday’s “big dance” is $5 and the music starts at 7 p.m., going all the way until 11.

There’s always square

The Pecan Valley Square Dancers will dance at Central United Methodist Church from 8 to 10 p.m. Ira Cullins will call with line dancers between tips. For more information, contact Jean Fisher at 646-8424.

Singin’ in the rain?

Hardly. There’ll be a roof over your head and even some homemade ice cream at the Lake Brownwood Lions Club’s country musical. Come on out. The address is 6751 Highway 279 and they’ll be singin’, playin’ and plunckin’ from 6 to 10 p.m. Snack bar will be open serving homemade ice cream and hamburgers.

By the way

Early ISD has had a time change for the scrimmage football game against Brady at Brady. The correct time for the freshman/junior varsity game is 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 8 p.m. The Early High School Key Club will hold a car wash at Heartland Mall from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., will be open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to sell out. The market is located in the 500 block of Brown Street in the lot between Adams and Chandler. The City of Bangs hosts a local farmer’s market in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street. Also, every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. excessive trash may be dumped in the rolloff at the water plant on North Third Street. This service is free to Bangs residents with a copy of their water bills. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. 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 Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.