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Each Fourth of July, I think of the year in the 1980s when my brother, Mike McGuigan, and a few of his friends dressed up as British Red Coats like the ones Revolutionary War heroes fought. They boarded rowboats, armed with a good supply of bottle rockets, and sailed across the lake to "Lewisburg," the home of Patty, Rick and Peggy Lewis. There they fired the rockets at people on the shore and those on the shore fired bottle rockets back at them. The war reenactment was on! What fun!
With that same make-your-own-fun spirit, many Brady Lake area people don't grab their car keys to go to watch Fourth of July fireworks. They just grab a folding lawn chair and head for the shore of the lake where a few folks set off their own fireworks displays. Some of those displays are breath-taking as evidenced in the picture below that Samantha Darkow shared.
Congratulations to area residents Todd and Lori (Sweet) Klink who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
The Kent Lions Club will hold its annual Sweet Corn Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 at Beckwith Orchards in Kent. Enjoy carnival games for children, pony rides, face painting, Chinese raffle, and various vendors. Rubber City Model A Club will display cars on Sunday.
Drawing for the Kent Lions annual Sweet Corn Money Raffle with a grand prize of $1,000, second prize $500, and third prize $250 will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Live musical entertainment line-up: Tinnitus the Knight opens the festival at noon on Saturday followed at 2:30 p.m. by Box of Squirrels. At noon on Sunday, Rio Neon plays followed at 2:30 p.m. by Celtic Clan of Kent.
Lions will be serving boiled local sweet corn, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, and apple and peach pie by the slice is available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will fund Lions sight preservation projects.
Don't forget that this year, the Brady Lake Women's Club will be there selling home-baked goods. Yum! As always, there will be plenty of parking at the church field or if you live close enough, you may just want to walk there. See you there!
The Lake Brady United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 through 11. This year's theme is "Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love." Children will enjoy lessons, songs, crafts, games, and other fun events. They will also be given a snack each day. Vacation Bible School is open to children from the age of 5 and up. Registration will be held the first day from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All area children are invited to attend.
The next free community dinner on July 19, they will be serving sloppy joes, picnic salads, chips, dessert, and beverages. Dinner runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. Carry-outs available. All are welcome.
There will be an indoor flea market and rummage sale at the church in the Fellowship Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5. The event is open to the public.
If you have something you would like to share in my next column, my contact information is below. Have a great July!
Contact Karen Brothers at 330-678-9596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.