The Wood Festival is over and everyone who was involved
is trying to get their lives caught up.
First, we would like to thank the committee again for
its continuous work around the calendar. There was something for
everyone, male or female, young or not so young, Calhouners or visitors.
As our Chronicle associates walked around town with
cameras, we found lots of interesting scenes. I was looking for a very
young person. Hannah Bonar was the perfect subject, a one-month-old
charmer, who was being instructed by her father in pledging allegiance
to the flag. She was even very attentive during the moment of silence
for D-Day remembrance. Jim Garretson, Sr., was a good candidate for an
older person. He told me he did not want his picture taken, but if I
could do it without him knowing, it would be O.K. I did it as Jim was
visiting the booths on Main Street.
The slates crafted by the Historical Society were sold
out. Former graduates were pleased to have a useful artifact from the
former Calhoun County High School building.
Sonny Wright and Sonny Woody are usually the volunteers
to drive the Red Cross van.
The chainsaw artist was very creative, and left-handed.
The 19th Va. Cavalry re-enactors were a welcome
addition. These men were mannerly, knowledgeable about Civil War
history, and could make great vegetable soup. They shared a cup with me
and accompanied it by their music. It did not take much persuasion for
them to have a picture taken with three of the festival queens.
Rod Godfrey and his family were seen all around the
town. Jackie Robinson and her twins, Charlotte and Shara, were taking in
all of the sights and greeting former friends.
Dr. Charles Stump (known as Mug by many Calhouners)
spent several hours at the Family History Center, describing the
interior of Stump Hotel as he remembered it from his childhood and
letting Robert Bonar pick his brain about football.
Linda Reed Edwards and her husband Stan were in town.
Grantsville was overflowing with spectators moving in
with lawn chairs for music-filled evenings. On Thursday evening, a few
sat out in a drizzling rain.
The Mud Bog was very popular, loud and messy!
These are just a few observations of so much going on.
We heard several of the committee talking about the 50th festival, which
will occur in 2012. They are already looking for activities to make it
the best yet.
For this year, thanks for the memories.