Pat’s Bits & Pieces- Summer events are here

After a chilly weekend, it seems the warm weather highlighting this great month of May is back again.
Mother Nature sure played a trick on us late last week, with snow flurries here and even a light dusting reported on the ground in Harrison.

That late frost last weekend killed the flowers on our fickle Magnolia tree again, but at least we had a week-long show of gorgeous blooms to enjoy this year. That’s two years in a row! Now those flowers are all brown again, but the lilacs and flowering crab trees are just beginning. May is definitely a month for sunshine and flowers.

Memorial Weekend and the unofficial beginning of the summer season is now only a short week away.

Hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend this year. I know we did with the family all together for our first-of-the season cookout, games and good times. We even got to see grandson Jesse, who flew in all the way from Miami especially for the holiday and to help celebrate the first birthday party of his neice and our second great-granddaughter Cheryl on Saturday. Counting Jack’s stepmom Martha, who couldn’t be here, we now have six Moms in the immediate family, so naturally we had to have a picture of our “group” for posterity.

Now the fun begins. It seems as though every single weekend in these summer months is set aside for something special – this one for our visit with Jack’s 93-year-old stepmom and a baby shower in Kalamazoo

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Then our camping season will begin again with a long holiday weekend in Roscommon and a visit with family and friends there.
Around Clare County there will be loads to do over the next few weeks. Yoder’s Amish Quilt Auction and Craft Show will fill the first part of the holiday weekend this Friday and Saturday with thousands coming for the semi-annual event just east of Clare, and Harrison will hold its annual Car and Motorcycle Cruise and Show and Mud Bog Saturday and Sunday May 25 and 26. There is also a Gun and Knife Show at the Clare County Fairgrounds in Harrison on the 25th and Farwell’s first annual Figure 8 Derby is at the Farwell Fairgrounds on Memorial Day, May 27 at 7 p.m.

In Clare, the Veterans of Foreign War’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on the 27th at the Clare City Park and winds up at Cherry Grove Cemetery.

June events with dates to be announced will include the annual Car Show at the Riverside Bar in Leota which raises funds for Special Olympics; Lake Daze in the Village of Lake; and a Fishing For Freedom Tournament in Harrison.

The annual Chamber Golf Outing will be held June 7 at Eagle Glen with a 11a.m. and an 11:45 a.m. check in.
If an evening listening to music in the park is for you, the Clare Summer Concert Series begins in the evening of June 6 and is scheduled every Thursday evening throughout the summer months.

June 20-22 are the days set for the Twenty Lakes Antique Engine & Tractor Club Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at their site just 4.5 miles west of Harrison on M-61.

June winds up with Clare’s annual Summerfest Celebration on the 29th complete with fireworks, a family style carnival and free fireworks; another Figure 8 Derby at the Farwell Fairgrounds on the 29th at 7 p.m. with fireworks following that event; and the annual Fly-In Breakfast at Clare Municipal Airport on June 30th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We will be so busy that September will be here before you know it!

TBA

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