Welcome to June! Hopefully, she will behave better than her sister, Miss May, who went out with a bang of thunderstorms. June will be the month to celebrate National Dairy Food Month and National Iced Tea Month, which should be easy enough.
After an appointment with Dr. Hess on Thursday, I got in the car just as a downpour occurred - not a downpour, but a hurricane-like storm. I finally pulled off of Court Street and waited until it subsided. Lots of tree limbs and water on the streets as I headed for home.
Later that day in Vienna, another cloudburst, although not so ferocious as the first. Maybe, just maybe, Miss June will bring us some of those perfect days we have been waiting for.
MARION GARDEN TOUR
A not-to-be-missed event is the annual garden tour of the Marion Garden Club, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Begin at the Williamson County Fairgrounds where $5 buys you a ticket and a map for this self-guided tour.
Locations are the Washington School Learning Lab on West Main Street, where the students have been growing vegetable and flower beds. On Old Creal Springs Road, see the backyard retreat of Kent and Ronda McWilliams. Nancy Davis will be showing her intimate garden with themed pots and much more, at 1411 Hendrickson St.
John and Terry Ray, at 1604 Eugene Lane, have a fenced courtyard with vine-covered arbors. At 12639 Whispering Pines Lane, John and Lynn Burns have a shade garden complete with a garden shed surrounded with flowers and bird feeders as garden art. Bryan and Denise Stearns at 5725 S. Market Road will show their suburban hobby farm and eco gardens.
Gardens can be viewed in any order and signs will be posted for easy discovery. June 3-9 will be National Garden Week and the local garden club will provide donations to the Carnegie Library, Williamson County Historical Society and the Habitat for Humanity.
MORE JUNE EVENTS
Stop in at the art center of the Little Egypt Arts Association throughout June for a look at "All God's Creatures," an exhibit of a number of genres.
For nature lovers, there are a number of events on Saturday, June 9. All are free.
• At 1 p.m. at Giant City State Park visitor center, learn about pollinators in the "Kids in the Woods" series. (618) 457-4836.
• At 10 a.m., a program on wild plants in our area starts at the Giant City visitor center.
• A Kids Fishing Derby will get underway at 8 a.m. at Prairie Creek Recreation Area at Crab Orchard Lake. (618) 997-3344.
• For more on Illinois milkweed pollination, be at the Cache River Wetlands Center at 10 a.m. Call (618) 657-2064.
Celebrate Flag Day from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Field of Dreams facility in DeSoto, off Reed Station Road. Southern Illinois Healthcare will honor veterans and the flag, with barbecue and music by the Calico Creek Bluegrass Band. Tickets $5; call (877) 480-4040. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!
Coming up at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 6-9 is the annual Miss Illinois Pageant, which will bring lots of visitors from out of town.
Marion Community Night will be held at Rent One Park on June 29. Get tickets at the Chamber of Commerce office on West Main Street before 4 p.m. on June 25. Price is $10 for box seats or $5 for general admission. Tickets sales support the chamber's Grad Spree program for Marion High School seniors. There are lots of special events going on that night so come out and celebrate with your hometown neighbors.
Line dancing lessons are offered at 9-11 a.m. each Tuesday at the Marion Senior Center at 507 W. Main St. Teachers are Marcia Allen, Rosie Gard and Gloria Perrot. The lessons are free and for those over 60, so come learn some boot-scootin' fancy steps.
Free lunches are being offered to youngsters this summer at the Boyton Community Center, and also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pyramid Park, Monday-Friday.
A series of three concerts is being planned at Rent One Park for July 21-22. Stay tuned for more details.
The Picker's Paradise Spring Flea Market will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Jefferson St. in Marion, with lots of vendors showing and selling their wares. This will be a benefit for the Lighthouse Shelter in Marion. Call (618) 988-0823 for vendor information.
More stuff will be available to purchase at Sweet Summertime in the Country, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Country Lane Treasures, halfway between Creal Springs and New Burnside on Route 166. Free admission and free parking, along with lots of vendors, country music and home cooking. (618) 922-0562.
And even more junk and treasures can be found at the parking lot of Cornerstone Church at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Vendors are welcome; call (618) 694-6337. Proceeds will go to International Justice Mission.
Enjoy what's going on around town this week!
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