Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Congratulations to the organizers of ‘The Not-So-Simple Living Fair’ for their excellent job this past weekend at the event held in Boonville. The committee of Doug Mosel, Rob Goodell, Captain Rainbow, Sophia Bates, and Linda McElwee put together a very eclectic program covering all aspects of country living on both Saturday and Sunday, with the many volunteers and exhibitors all playing their part. Numbers were good on Saturday but somewhat low on Sunday although all costs were covered and that was obviously very important. Some visitors felt that occasionally too many events were going on at the same time and they had to make difficult choices, but this was the first such event for nearly 30 years and next time any such problems will no doubt be ironed out. I spoke to some fairgrounds’ staff and they emphasized that every event there takes a couple of years to reach its potential and I fully expect that when the word spreads about the quality and scope of this show, the numbers will surely come. ‘Well done’ to all involved. Hope you’ll do it all again next year.
Public Service Announcements: #31: Live music at the Navarro Store continues this weekend with another top draw act, The Subdudes, appearing on both Friday (Aug 6th) and Saturday (7th) in the Deepend, accompanied by Rogerwood and Friends, and Dave Dart, and of course, there will be affordable drinks and Pablo on the grill “putting the meat to the heat.” #32: On Saturday (Aug 7th) at the regular gathering for the Boonville Farmer’s Market in the Boonville Hotel parking lot there will be the blackberry cook-off featuring recipes, tastings, and competitions from 9.30am to noon. #33: It’s the second Tuesday of the month coming up (Aug 10th) and you all know what that means: Dinner and Bingo at the Senior Center in Boonville. At 6pm Cook Natalie will serve her ‘fish and chips’ dinner with salad and dessert and then at about 7pm it’s bingo time! You don’t have to be a senior to attend and I guarantee you will have a good time and may even win one of the cash prizes. I can’t guarantee that of course, despite my ‘connections’! #34: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the AV Museum is open from 1-4pm at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Hwy 128 just north of Boonville. As I said before, this is the best little museum in the West! You will not be disappointed.
Finally, #35, and also this coming Saturday, it’s the annual Lu’au Fundraiser for our local public radio station, KZYX&Z at the Boonville Fairgrounds featuring the Hawaiian Island sounds of Kevin Brown, Robyn Mahealani Knuebuhl, Kalae Miles and local favorites Hui Arago with a full on ono Lu'au dinner being served along with heavy pupus! Everything gets underway at 3:30pm. A limited number of tickets are available for $45 in advance. You won't want to miss this beautiful event and as it provides a big part of the station’s annual income, your attendance would be much appreciated, not to mention that you’d have a really good time of course.
Topics at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.
…The Boonville Saloon (formerly The Lodge) will definitely open really soon. As will the Ice Cream Shop. The Buckhorn is two months away.
…While my own invitation was once again mysteriously lost in the mail, a couple of distinguished ladies of the Valley came by to tell me that the monthly gathering of the Independent Career Women (I.C.W.) took place at Freda Fox’s home last week and that the evening was a roaring success with delicious fried chicken, various salads, cupcakes, and a very competitive ‘white elephant gift-giving’ game. I can’t wait for the next one.
…An annoying member of the public came into The 3-Dot this past week and said he had nearly ended up in a ditch trying to avoid a large number of Turkey Vultures on Hwy 128 who were devouring a dead animal. Needless to say he was swiftly asked to leave after I explained to him the dangers of what we did on the highways and by-ways of the Valley in our brave efforts as nature’s garbage collectors. I went on to add that it’s not all glamour being a Turkey Vulture but that we do indeed get many compliments. I feel I should remind you all, once again, of my favorite one which came from no less an expert than Charles Darwin who said about us Turkey Vultures, “A disgusting bird whose bald scarlet head is formed to wallow in putridity.” Thank you for those kind words, Chuck. And that’s the Quote of the Week.
With the hot weather now with us, please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle. Otherwise, be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request: “Let us prey.” Poking and stroking egos wherever necessary and, as always, humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Keep the Faith. PPS. Contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. PPPS. Hi, Silver Swan — behaving yourself? Hopefully not!