BUCKINGHAM – On Saturday, May 12, the Buckingham Lions Club, which annually hosts Buckingham County Day, is partnering with Dillwyn's 100th Anniversary Committee to Celebrate the Dillwyn Centennial. So, rather than its usual location behind BCHS, Buckingham County Day will take place in the Town of Dillwyn.
Although vendors and displays will be open at 9 a.m., the celebration will officially start with a parade at 10 a.m. The theme for the parade is Come Home to Dillwyn.
Parade entries will line-up in the industrial park. From the intersection of Routes 15 and 20, the parade will follow Route 15 through the town.
The daylong festival will include arts and crafts, vendors, activities for children and youth, educational and informational exhibits and displays, food, and music.
The covered pavilion at Ellis Acres Memorial Park will be the venue for great music and entertainment.
Free shuttle bus service will run throughout the day from parking areas to mid-town and Ellis Acres. Free parking is available at Crystal Cathedral.
Mourners Valley will host Movie Night, featuring Grace Card, on Friday, May 11. Doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served.
Mourners Valley Baptist Church is located on Route 20, at 5341 South Constitution Route.
Buckingham County Ruritans will be cooking some of their famous Boston Butts on Friday, May 11. The butts will be sold for $25 each and will be ready for pick-up from 6 to 7 p.m. at Curves of Dillwyn, on Route 15.
Orders must be placed by Friday, May 5. To place an order, call Bob Saxon at (434)969-4360; P. W. Kitchen at (434)969-1276; or Donna McRae Jones at (434)983-7386. By the way, the Ruritans are also selling ten-pound bags of fresh Georgia Vidalia onions for $10 a bag.
The Buckingham Public Library Board is sponsoring a raffle offering an Acer Aspire 15″ Pentium laptop computer as the grand prize; a Kindle Fire as the second prize; and $100 cash as the third prize.
Tickets are $10 but only 300 are available. The drawing will be held at the library on Buckingham County Day, May 12, at 1 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Proceeds will benefit the capital campaign to build a new library.
During the Dillwyn Centennial Celebration on Buckingham County Day, the Library will also be hosting a Book Sale, which will also include books on cassettes for $1 each.
When you stop by the Library on Saturday, as part of the library's Family Literacy Outreach, children will be invited to name items that start with L after a quick look at the Discover Box contents. After naming as many items as the child has years of age, a prize may be selected.
Additionally, the Library will have its Dillwyn related materials available.
You'll also be able to view Julie Dixon's conceptual drawing of the new library. Once you see this drawing, you'll want to pick-up one of the brochures offering information and a pull-off pledge card for anyone wishing to become part of the capital campaign for our new library.
Members of the Buckingham- Dillwyn Garden Club will be at Buckingham County Day with their plant sale featuring locally grown plants and shrubs. They will be stationed in the vendor area at First Baptist Church.
Inventory includes heirloom plants; bushy plants such as the nandina, camellia, and leather leaf mahonia; winter jasmine, and many varieties of iris. And, that's just a few of the many offering that include not only outdoor selections but houseplants, too. There will also be a fun selection of whimsical garden creatures.
The prices are right and members of the garden club will be on hand to provide advice on your plantings.
As my leather leaf mahonia continues to grow, this bungling gardener knows first hand that the club's sales slogan, If You Can Grow Weeds, You Can Grow Our Plants, holds true.
Ellis Acres Memorial Park is hosting its annual EAMP Fundraising Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 19, at The Manor Resort and Golf Club, located at 3463 Farmville Road in Farmville.
This Captain's Choice tournament has a tee time of 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $260 per team of four or $65 per person. There is a 25-team limit so please register ASAP.
Contact Frank Braxton at (434)983-2302 or Daniel Davis at (434)315-3124 for more information or registration.
Organizations or individuals are encouraged to sponsor a hole for $100. Contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a professionally painted sign posted at one of the holes.
Send sponsorship contributions and registrations to Ellis Acres Memorial Park, Inc., P. O. Box 363, Dillwyn, VA 23936.
EAMP is a multi-use facility offering a huge covered pavilion, community and conference center with a commercial kitchen, walking trails, gardens, and a wealth of history. For more information about EAMP or to inquire about rental of any of the park's facilities, call (434)983-5600.
On Tuesday, May 15, the Buckingham Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting a seminar about Setting Up a LLC.
Two sessions are available. The first will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and the second from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Featured speakers are James P. Seidl, an estate and tax planning attorney; and, David Wise, an agribusiness and farm insurance specialist.
Please register by May 11 at www.davidwise.com/seminar; by calling David's office at (434)983-8780, ext. 1; or the Buckingham Extension Office at (434) 969-4261.
The Buckingham County High School Class of 1972 will be celebrating the BIG 40 with a reunion on Saturday, June 9.
Plans for this 40th Reunion include a wonderful evening of good food, music, reminiscing, and fellowship.
Unfortunately, the reunion committee is having a difficult time locating quite a few members of the class. If you are a member of the BCHS Class of 72 and have not received information about the reunion, please contact Warren Whitworth at (804)814-0558; John Staton at (434)983-2938; or Diane Boggs Blackburn at (434)983-3152.
Parent or relatives of a member of the Class of 72 who would like to provide their contact information are asked to call Warren, John, or Diane.
Youth ages 13 through 18 are interested in playing baseball and/or softball are encouraged to signup now through May 25.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Gene Dixon Sr. Memorial Park concession stand any weekend up to May 25.
With games starting in early May for youth age 13 and 14, it is especially important for these prospective players to sign up NOW in order for practices to commence.
Registration cost is $55 per player and is due at the time of registration.
Area businesses, organizations, and individuals, please note that team sponsorships are available at a cost of $200 per team.
Questions or requests for more information about baseball may be directed to Joe Chandler at 969-1788; and, for softball, Tommy Currier at 983-9253.
It's gift-giving time. The American Red Cross will be in Dillwyn at Heritage Hall for its Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 16, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
This visit is sponsored by the Masonic Lodges of the 17th District. For more information and/or to schedule your donation time, go to www.RedCrossBlood.org.
The Buckingham Friends of the Library will meet on Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Route 60.
Along with usual business matters, the agenda also includes making plans for the Wine and Cheese Gala fundraiser, which will be held this fall. Proceeds will benefit the building fund for the new library.
The Toga Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual $10,000 Raffle.
Grand prize is $10,000; second, $1,000; and, third, $500. And there are other drawings, too.
Each $100 ticket not only offers the opportunity to win that $10,000 grand prize but also includes two steak dinners on the night of the drawing, Saturday, May 19, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Toga Firehouse. Tickets are available from any Toga VFD member.