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Ridge Peach Festival – Saturday, June 19, 2010

The day started out rather comically as our designated breakfast spot wasn’t open yet for business, and an alternative down the road was closed altogether.  We ended up at Dunkin’ Donuts in Aiken before being led by Brian on a back roads jaunt to our designated rendezvous spot. And behold, we had 6 cars, count ’em, six!! for the parade.  The sun came out, the candy softened and by 10:30 or so we were winding through Trenton for the 40th anniversary of the festival.

Green Jackets Game – Thirsty Thursday, June 17, 2010

The night lived up to expectations even if the play on the field didn’t, the Green Jackets trailed the entire came, ending with a 4-1 loss but the 6 of us managed to survive the heat & spilled beer; Autumn even ended up with a T-shirt!  And we were treated to a gorgeous top-down drive home to boot!

MMC Members Brave the Heat!

Green Jackets Game – This Thirsty Thursday

I’ve always said “Air Conditioning Ruined Baseball.”  Ask folks today about baseball and you get comments like “it’s boring” or “there’s not enough action” or “the players mostly just stand around.”   This, from a generation of folks that probably grew up seeing baseball on their TVs from the comfort of their air-conditioned family rooms!

The WHOLE POINT of baseball is to watch it sitting as perfectly still as you can in sweltering 95° 100% humidity while OTHER PEOPLE (i.e., the players) run around.  OF COURSE the pitcher is going to be VERY CAREFUL to keep the ball away from the batter!  His teammates DO NOT want to run in this heat!  It’s a summer game!  It provides 162 excuses per year to sit perfectly still and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING except:

  1. wipe the sweat off your brow;
  2. wring out the napkin wrapped around your beer.  Oh, and
  3. occasionally get slightly excited when your team scores.

So with this in mind, take the risk of experiencing what America’s classic game is really all about.  Climb out of the contrived environment of your air conditioned terrarium and enjoy a real past time (i.e., getting past THIS DAMN HEAT time) at the friendly confines of Lake Olmstead Stadium where the Augusta Green Jackets will take on the Savannah Sand Gnats (affiliation: NY METS) this Thursday night.  Game time 7:05 p.m.

Rendezvous Point:

Books-a-Million Parking Lot
Washington Rd. @ Bertram Rd.
(just up from I-20 exit, behind Hooters)
6:15 departure for Lake Olmstead Stadium.

What to bring/wear/etc.:

  • A fistful of small bills (General Admission $7, small beers/sodas $1).
  • A boat cushion/seat pad if you’re restless on benches.
  • Green Jackets apparel you already own.
  • A small towel you can wet to keep cool.
  • See stadium policies.
MMC Members Brave the Heat!

MMC Members Brave the Heat!

NO RSVP required, just show up at Books-a-Million before 6:15 and join in the fun!

Event Coordinator:  David Schumacher

Ridge Peach Parade & Festival

Where: Billy’s Super Store intersection of US25 & SC19 in Trenton, SC.

If you can’t make breakfast at Gary’s, meet here @ 9:20 AM. We’ll head for the parade line up at 9:25 AM.

Thousands will congregate in Trenton, SC to celebrate the lovely peach at the Annual Ridge Peach Festival. There will be food, vendors, crafters, children’s rides and a great parade in which we will drive in. Start practicing those parade waves and bring some candy to throw to the crowd. After the parade we’ll hang around and soak up the atmosphere.

Event Coordinator: Stacey Timmerman 803-278-7295

Fort Gordon Fireworks & July BYO Dinner Meeting

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

6:45 p.m. Roll Call

Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot (near the I-20 Belaire Rd. Exit) technically:

460 Park 20 West, Grovetown, GA 30813-3216

It’s the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks xxxtravaganza at Fort Gordon. We’ll meet up at the Cracker Barrel at 6:45 p.m. for a prompt departure at 7:00 p.m. Come way earlier if you plan to eat dinner there. Or, bring your picnic supper to enjoy on the soft grass of the Fort Gordon parade grounds. Sunscreen and bug spray suggested. Here’s the official blurb:

Fort Gordon will be celebrating the nation’s Independence Day July 2 on Barton Field to allow for Soldiers to celebrate the holiday with their Families on July 4. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform. There will be live entertainment, children’s carnival rides, games, pony rides, food concessions and craft vendors, and the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members’ bike show. It all begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled at 9:40 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Rudi & Patti.