WHAT’S NEW IN SPRINGFIELD, NE
June 17, 2009
Howard McBride "100 years young" rides in his first parade!
Thanks to everyone for a great Springfield Days! The rain held off on Friday night with the exception of a few sprinkles and Saturday was just a wonderful day with sun, fun, and spectacular temperatures! I hope you had a chance to enjoy some of the events held in our wonderful town of Springfield. There seemed to be a great crowd of folks who came to enjoy a day of small town living in Sarpy County, NE. Thanks, once again, to all the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful Saddle Up for Springfield Days 2009!
The 2009 SSAP Annual Meeting will be held on June 28 at the Soccer Complex located on Hwy 50 just north of Platteview Rd. The meeting begins at 2:00pm.
Soaring Wings Vineyard’s Friday Night Music Series features the Soul Preserves. Doors open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm with a $5 cover charge. Scott Severin plays at this week’s Acoustic Sunday from 2-5pm. Free admission for this event.
Let’s get ready for the Fair! The Sarpy County Fair will be held July 29 – August 2, 2009 with the parade on Saturday, August 1st. Vendor booths and Parade Entry registration forms can be found at: www.sarpyfair.com
Cowboy Dave visited the Summer Reading Program at Springfield Memorial Library on June 15. Cowboy Dave teaches children valuable life lessons with stories told the “Cowboy Way”. The Library would like to thank Cowboy Dave for his wonderful performance.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD –The Calendar
June 18, 10:30am – 12pm – Summer Reading Tent with books and crafts for all ages at Springfield Memorial Library. No registration required.
June 21 – Happy Father’s Day
June 22- Summer Reading Programs at Springfield Memorial Library – Preschool Story Time, 9:30 – 10:15am. Elementary age program: Omaha Royals Mascot visits from 1 -2pm.
June 28, 2pm – SSAP Annual Meeting at the SSAP Soccer Complex.
The Plattsmouth Main Street Association is sponsoring Motorcycles on Main Friday June 19th from
5-9pm. This is a FREE show & shine event for ALL bikes. There will be music, food, and fun! A walking benefit poker run for all will take place with a portion of the proceeds going to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children).
Please visit www.motorcyclesonmain.com for more information.
Plattsmouth, NE hosts Chautauqua, June 24 -28
History of the Chautauqua - Chautauqua began as a summer school for Sunday School teachers in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874. By the turn of the 20th century, Chautauqua had developed into a nationwide traveling educational and entertainment program. Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.”
Traveling Chautauquas in the late 1800s and early 1900s brought the world to rural communities across the nation, including those in Kansas and Nebraska. Chautauqua combined programs of political oratory and lectures about health, science, and the humanities with entertainment, such as opera singers and stage performances of Shakespeare. Well-known speakers and politicians such as William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Howard Taft, and William Jennings Bryan toured the Chautauqua circuit. Audiences heard about national issues and discussed their views with their neighbors. For many rural Kansas and Nebraska towns, Chautauqua week was the most important week of the year.
Modern Chautauqua - The Kansas Humanities Council and Nebraska Humanities Council rekindled their states’ Chautauqua traditions in 1984 with modern Chautauquas that use public forum and discussion to focus on a particular historical era. Rather than use contemporary speakers, the modern-day Chautauqua features history professionals portraying famous figures from the past. In the spirit of the original traveling Chautauquas, the Kansas and Nebraska Humanities councils have brought their programs to rural communities.
CHAUTAUQUA 2009 – “Bright Dreams, Hard Times: America in the Thirties” is the theme of the 2009 Chautauqua in Plattsmouth on June 24-28. This five-day event features tent programs, history workshops, a traveling photography exhibit, and local history events that explore the hopes, dreams, and fears of Americans during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. It features first-person portrayals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Senator Huey Long of Louisiana, Pentecostal leader Aimee Semple McPherson, Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, and humorist Will Rogers. Tent programs begin each evening at 7:30pm under the big Chautauqua tent at Rhylander Park. Daily adult workshops, offering an in-depth look at issues from the 1930s and their impact today, will take place in the Plattsmouth State Bank Community Room. Complete Schedule of events at: www.plattsmouthchamber.com
CHAUTAUQUA YOUTH CAMP AND WORKSHOPS – During the week of Chautauqua, youth can engage in the history of the 1930s by participating in a variety of free workshops, taking place at the Plattsmouth Public Library.
Youth Chautauqua Camp – Monday thru Friday/afternoons
June 22-June26 (Grades 4-8)
Provides students the opportunity to become historians, researchers, scriptwriters, and actors. This camp allows participants to identify and research a local historical figure of the 1930s and portray that person under the tent on the final evening of Chautauqua. Sign-up (25 limit) by calling 235-2396 or 350-0364.
Dear Eleanor, Dear Michelle
10a.m. Friday, June 26 (age 8 and up)
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, children from all over the country sent letters to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Participants in this workshop will become historians-in-training as they research the letters and learn about the 1930s. At the end of the workshop, they will write a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama. Questions?: 296-3131 or 263-4975.
Making Murals with Folktales: How Butterflies are Made
10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25 (Pre-school age and above)
Children will listen to the vibrant story told by “Zora” and will then talk about the tale and compare it to the world they live in today. They will create a mural based on the images in the folktale and related images from their own experiences. The mural will be put on public display.
“FDR RETURNS TO PLATTSMOUTH”
- Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00pm the Plattsmouth Community Band will kick off the Chautauqua festivities with a 30 minute concert. At 6:30, the public will have the opportunity to meet the Chautauquans and see the re-enactment of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to Plattsmouth in October, 1936. This will be followed by a free watermelon feed, hosted by Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce; Caboose Park, First & Main St.
Schoolhouse Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled
First Annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament
July 24, 2009 – Registration begins at 11:30; Shot Gun Start at 1 pm; Awards Dinner at 6:30 pm
Willow Lakes Golf Course, 12301 S 25th St., Bellevue, NE
Tee off for a great cause!
The first annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will take place July 24th and you are invited!
Bring your own foursome, or partner up with fellow golfers at the course. Either way you are sure to have a great afternoon while you raise money for the Veterans Memorial planned for the campus of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.
The Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Willow Lakes Golf Course, 12301 S 25th St., about a mile south of Highway 370 in Bellevue. Check-in begins at 11:30 am with a shot gun start at 1 pm. An Awards Dinner will follow at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 331, 4830 S 21st Street, in South Omaha.
Registration is $75 per golfer or $300 for a foursome. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, the chance to win great prizes and an invitation to the Awards Dinner.
Holes can be sponsored for $50 each. Sponsors are also invited to donate merchandise as flag prizes.
CASS COUNTY FAIR, AUGUST 4-8, 2009
For a schedule of events, log on: www. cassfair.com
~There it was, hidden in alphabetical order. -Rita Holt
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