What perfect weather this weekend offered us, especially Saturday afternoon! This is my favorite time of year when the air is crisp and clear. This coming week sounds just as nice as last week and that is a good thing! We do, however, desperately need some rain and we are looking at next weekend at least before that shows up.
The Lake Champlain Quarter Horse Club will present an American Quarter Horse Association-approved show Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville. For further information, call 1-806-376-4811.
The game "Plattsburghopoly" has hit the shelves locally. The Monopoly-like game with a Plattsburgh twist is a fund raiser to help the colleges community service projects and alternative spring breaks. What a fun idea and a fund 7.raiser that all could use. To order a game call Stephanie Luiz, fund raising project manager at PSUC at 564-4825.
Our local eateries have taken a hard hit this past week! Lums closed their doors after many years at the same location. Our best to Jim Williams and his staff as they move on from here. The North Country Club in Keeseville has closed and if that was not a North Country icon, I cant imagine what one would be! We have good friends going through withdrawal at the thought of no more of their famous pizza! Glorias in Mineville, the purveyor of wonderful buffets, has closed also and the Moose is Loose Caf頩n Essex has announced when they close their doors at the end of the month, that will be the end. They are not opening again in the spring.
Big Sky Airline is coming along with Allegiant Air and that is wonderful news. The airport will be a busy place before too long!
The annual harvest turkey dinner will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church of Chazy. There will be a raffle with 65 prizes and a country store. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children six to 12.
On the 23rd, there will also be a brunch at the Order of Eastern Star Hall in Ellenburg Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The cost for adults will be $7 and meals for children younger than 12 will cost $3.50.
On the 26th, there will be a job fair from 4-8 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, sponsored by the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Harvest Moon Celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 187 Broad St., Plattsburgh. This is a green market and will include fresh foods and holiday gift ideas.
On Oct. 6 and 7, the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York will hold their 2007 show at Bailey Avenue School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $5. The area is handicap-accessible and the show will include new and antique quilts, a raffle quilt, demonstrations, a merchants mall, a silent auction, refreshments and snack bar. I know the chairman of the event for this year, Bettie Lawrence, and a ton of work goes into this show.
On Sept. 29, a "Meet the Cardinals Mens Soccer Team" event will be held. The game against Oswego begins at 3 p.m. On Oct. 6, "Meet the Cardinal Womens Team" will be held when PSUC takes on Oneonta State at 1 p.m. Both events are sponsored by the Clinton County Youth Bureau. Autographs will be available after the games and teams are encouraged to wear their team jerseys. Call 565-4750.
Clinton Community College Alumni Homecoming will be held this Saturday, Sept. 22, and includes mens and womens soccer games at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be childrens face painting, picnic and live music by the Blind Pig Blues Band from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will also be an art exhibition by ADK photographer Joanne Kennedy, "Call of the Loon," in the Alumni Art gallery from 12-7 p.m. For more information, visit www.clinton.edu/alumni .
We are heading to Maine next weekend to visit my brother and his wife. Im hoping for early beautiful foliage along the way. Maine is a beautiful state, especially along the coast and we are looking forward to our visit. My mother (and Bills too, of course) is going along too, so it should be a fun family weekend!
My seasonal friends sometimes ask me what there is to do in the North Country after they all leave and go back to their real lives. I would wish they were still here to read this column with all of the possible activities in our area. I didnt touch on the Scrabble games, the dance classes and the college non-credit classes that are available to us all. Lots to do and the beauty of our lake and the mountains to go right along with it. Arent we so very lucky?
Until next week, remember Each day is Gods gift to you. Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty.