Brenda Lucas: Community News
BELATED: Imogene Parsons of Kenova always reads the paper when she gets up, and I wanted her April 11 birthday to be a surprise for her that day, but "snail mail" stopped that thought. Turning 84 years young, she always read this column and enjoys the chuckles, said her younger brother, Royce Damron. Here's hoping she had a great day and many happy days will follow.
RAMPS: The 76th annual Feast of the Ramson is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Richwood High School. The menu includes ramps, ham and bacon, potatoes, brown beans, corn bread, desserts and beverages. The cost is $15; $7 ages 12 and younger. Call 304-846-6790.
ROLL: Two Tri-State natives were on a roll for the fall 2013 semester. Jacob Austin Burcham of Barboursville and Andrew R. Wade of Scott Depot, W.Va., were named to the honor roll at University of Oklahoma in Norman.
ART: Not just any art, but an event designed for children ages 3-12. Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Live Committee presents the seventh annual Children's Art Festival Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Heritage Station. The free event, featuring more than 10 art stations, also offers demonstrations by local artisans, musicians and more. Huntington Museum of Art and Marshall University students lead the projects. Call 304-525-5131.
PROMOTER: John Gillespie left his assistant features editor position at The Herald-Dispatch more than14 years ago to take on a new role -- director of public relations for Huntington Museum of Art. What a great job he has done promoting the art community during this time, and he hasn't given up. For his efforts, he received the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award during the recent Governor's Arts Awards ceremony in Charleston. Congratulations, John, on such a well-deserved recognition.
EXHIBIT: West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2013 Award Winners exhibit featuring 18 works by 14 West Virginia artists whose work won awards in the Juried Exhibition opens at 6 p.m. today at Charleston's Culture Center. Tiera Floyd of Sutton, recipient of a Governor's Award and Award of Excellence for her paintings in the show, speaks during the opening reception.
GRANDPARENTS: Danny and Sissy Nichols became first-time grandparents of a baby girl March 18. Harleigh Marie Nichols, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches long, is daughter of Daryl and Lisa Nichols. Great-grandfather is PeeWee Williams. It doesn't seem possible Daryl is old enough to be a daddy. I remember him well from the days when our families attended Guyandotte's Fifth Avenue Freewill Baptist Church.
RETREAT: The "Mini Good Grief Family Retreat" to address the unique grieving process families' experience, individually and as a whole, begins at 5:30 p.m. today at Hospice of Huntington. To register, call 304-529-4217.
CONCERT: The Clay Center spring 2014 performance season begins with Melissa Etheridge, all-American singer-songwriter and rock icon, on her "This is ME Solo" tour at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Tickets are $45, $65, $75 and $89. Call 304-561-3570.
SWAP: Vendors sell small animals, horse tack, flea market items and more at the annual Wayne County 4-H Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Lavalette's Tractor Supply. Booth rentals are $5. Vendors must provide own table. Call WVU Wayne County Extension Office, 304-272-6839.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Brittany Clagg, Marcella O'Lynn, Rosella Tobey, Susan Fabry, Lauren Smith, Carla Dunlap, Dee Journell, Kyle Burner, Sean Gatewood, Hugh Ruble, Kelly Stump, David Withers, Tammy Damron, Wilma Jean Adkins, Layla Maynard, Matthew Price, Wilma Jean Adkins, Olivia Grace Bennett turns 4, Debbie McCartney with Hammers Industries,
CHUCKLE: Vacationing in rural Maine, a man went into a store to buy a newspaper. Unfamiliar with the regional papers, he asked the shopkeeper if a particular one was a morning or evening edition. "Son," he dryly informed the visitor, "the papers are delivered up here once a day. If you read it in the morning, it's the morning paper, and if you read it in the evening, it's the evening paper."
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