Produce is big in Amish country, and the selling of produce is a big event. All across the area there are produce auctions, where farmers can sell their goods to retailers, restaurants, produce stands and others. The produce looks just great!
Tine Hoover was kind enough to share the pictures she took, along with one from Dave Phillips and a short video from John Laninga.
(In Dave’s picture we are holding onions, not ice cream cones!)
Today was actually an arrival date, and we gathered from around the country. Mostly the South and Michigan… there was an excellent turnout of some 35 people. Irby and Judy Gamble did an outstanding job of getting everything ready for us and making us feel at home.
Of course, this requires food, and the women of the group did an outstanding job. Everything was excellent and there was lots of food left over. Preliminary plans for what to do the rest of the week were made.
After dinner we gathered in groups, some with a fire, some without. In any case, the usual tall tales were told and we all enjoyed an evening of companionship.
On July 3 our intrepid group went to the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY.
The Pioneer Playhouse was founded by a Col. Henson in 1950 and is the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky. It has been called the “Granddaddy” of Kentucky Outdoor Dramas and received national attention as the “King of Summer Stocks” in New York trade magazines. Many known and aspiring actors have strode acted on its stage.
Col. Henson built the theatre by acquiring many of the construction materials in unorthodox ways. He once bartered a fifth of whiskey for hand-hewn two hundred-year-old rafter beams and hired prisoners from the local county jail to help him lay the first foundations. Today the unconventional, hand-built theatre serves a pre-show dinner out of doors and a live performance Tuesday through Saturday every summer.
We thoroughly enjoyed our BBQ dinner and the show “Drinking Habits 2” that followed. The show was a spirited (pun intended) play on nuns, making wine, and putting on a play to raise money for the local orphanage. Funny!
We arrived and settled in at Creekside RV Park (Smiths, Smiths, Lezells, Phillips, Laningas). On Friday we went to the Charlie Daniels concert her in Renfro Valley. It was an excellent concert, albeit too loud. But the music was good and the musicians each performed well.
The next night we went to two concerts: a local band to warm us up, and then an excellent concert by Jimmy Fortune. He was the tenor singer of the Statler Brothers and wrote quite a bit of their music before the band retired. Jimmy’s music was a mix of country, patriotic and gospel. Although only a trio, the performance was great.
Gail tried to entertain us with some bass fiddle play, only to find out it wasn’t in tune. Nice try, Gail.
December 28, 2018 (Arrival) – January 2, 2019 (Departure)
THE VINEYARDS RV PARK
N. 2647 US-87
Jim and Tina Hoover would like to invite the Traveling Supremes and their guests to the beautiful Texas Hill Country for our annual New Year’s gathering. We will bring in the new year at The Vineyards of Fredericksburg RV park. Please call 830-992-1237 to make your reservation. The dates are Dec. 28th check in and Jan. 2nd check out. If you wish to come early or leave late the manager tells me that they will extend the rally rate of $40 per night for a day or two. We have 15 sites blocked off for a time but we need 10 to have use of the hall, so call soon!
Park web site is here. There will be more on the agenda at a later date.
Save this date! Jim & Tina Hoover have volunteered to host our New Year’s Rally/Gathering. It will be December 28th – January 2nd and will be held at The Vineyards RV Park in Fredericksburg. Thanks to Jim & Tina for stepping up as this is one of the most popular Traveling Supremes yearly events. More specific information will be provided in the future.
John Brandon passed away last Tuesday night of a heart attack, like his father. Funeral arrangements are as follows. There will be visitation at Rector funeral home Sunday, June 10th from 3-7. Funeral will be Monday June 11th , 10am at Dreamland Cemetery, in Canyon, TX. The graveside will be with full military honors.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CASA Amarillo (click here). This is a wonderful child advocacy organization. Any flowers received will be donated to the Ussery Roan retirement home for Veterans and to the Veterans hospital in Amarillo, following the service.