Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

We are elated that the Jackson County Junior Fair is being held this year from July 26-31. We missed all the excitement and seeing all the 4-H and FFA kids show their animals with beaming faces and pride in their respective animal as they competed for awards. The fair begins next week on Monday and runs through Saturday. Everyone likes the events at the pull track each evening. This year there will be a rodeo on Monday at 7 p.m., an ATV drag race on Tuesday at 6 p.m., a demolition derby on Wednesday at 7 p.m., mud racing on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., a mud bog on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and a 4-wheel drive on Saturday at 8 p.m. These events usually draw a huge crowd.

Entertainment each evening includes Southern Draw on Monday at 7 p.m., John Schneider on Tuesday at 8 p.m., Matt Stell on Wednesday at 8 p.m., Shenandoah on Thursday at 8 p.m., The Isaacs on Friday at 8 p.m. and Tyler Booth on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Judging of the kids' animals will take place Monday-Thursday with the livestock sale being held on Friday in the show arena. Personally I love this sale. The kids' expressions as their animal is sold is worth the price of entrance to the fair. Robbie and I have been helping buy an animal for many years now and we love supporting the sale.

One of our favorite “fun at the fair” activities we like to see is the pie auction on Saturday afternoon. It is amazing how much some of the pies sell for — especially when there is some family competition to buy a particular entrant’s pie. We have bid on pies but it seems someone always outbids us. Maybe we’ll be able to buy one this year!

So now it’s “fair time”! Hope to see you there!

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Our center is now open for a couple hours for lunch each day. Pick-up meals are being served from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the front door of the center. Dine-in meals are served from 11 a.m.-noon. Transportation to the center is not being done at this time due to the reduced hours at the center. Drivers won’t be available at the times meals are to be served due to the larger-than-normal volume of home-delivered meals. All meals will be served in disposable trays along with plastic wrapped utensils. Bottled milk and water will be available. There will be no self-serve condiments and drinks. You may bring your own soda, coffee, tea, etc. You need to enter the building at the door leading into the dining room. A screening form will be provided as you enter to limit exposure if an attendee is showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

There will be no rental of the building until 2022. If you have any questions concerning the re-opening of the building or questions about meals you may call our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes at 304-273-5648.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to make some revisions the past couple of weeks. The Ark Encounter trip in August and the National Quartet Convention trip in September have both been canceled due to lack of passengers. The Diamond Tour motor coach company has canceled the trip to Canada and Toronto that was scheduled for October because Canada has still not opened up its borders. So we have rescheduled this trip to the United States side of the border — still in October.

Our schedule now includes three one-day trips.

Oct. 29 we will travel to the Ohio Star Theater for The Isaacs Concert. The cost is $105 and includes the bus cost, the driver tip, the concert ticket and a buffet meal at The Dutch Valley Restaurant.

Nov. 6 we will go to Columbus, Ohio, for shopping. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall. Dinner will be on your own at the Melmann’s Cafeteria.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will visit Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Museum, the Unique Journey Museum, the town of Deadwood and Mount Rushmore. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-13 we will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Highlights include visits to the Made in America Store, the Herschell Carrousel Museum Tour, Maid of the Mist Boat Cruise, Cave of the Winds, Old Fort Niagara Tour, Seneca Niagara Casino Time that includes $70 Free Slot Play and $30 food credit, dinner at Top of the Falls Restaurant and more.

Nov. 16-18 we are going to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical shows including “Queen Esther” and “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Two dinners including a family-style dinner and a “Bird-in-Hand” smorgasbord dinner are included in this trip. Shopping time will be at the Kitchen Kettle Village and the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets.

Dec. 6-9 will be a trip to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Biltmore Estates, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tour motor coach to Mount Rushmore and the Biltmore Estates. The company requires that all passengers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is available on multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

We have scheduled at trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. This will be a 10-day cruise trip. Next week I will try to have some highlights in the paper. In the meantime you may check at the center for a detailed flyer of this fabulous trip.

Have a great day!