“Thank you” just doesn’t cover our appreciation, sometimes. But, all involved in the inaugural Hastings Boulevard Car Show on Feb. 18 send a deeply heartfelt “thank you” to the 50 classic and old-time car, truck and motorcycle owners who came out in support of the event. Wonderful people from several counties got in their fabulous rides and joined in the fun. We also thank the Christ United Methodist Church and the many volunteers and vendors who made the day a huge success.
Residents and visitors alike enjoyed a beautiful day that clouded over just enough to keep the temperatures cool for the activities happening at the DJ location. Folks who attended bought tickets and voted for their favorite vehicles. In anticipation of afternoon showers, the tickets were tallied and trophies awarded around 1:30 p.m. The fish fry was sold out just about the same time. And Wesley Smith took home the Best in Show for his 1930 “Smith Farms” Ford pickup, complete with old potato barrels in the bed. All the trophy winners sported smiles from ear to ear, and several residents remarked that the day was like those they remembered from long ago, and they look forward to more town activities in the future.
The Rotary booth on North Main was very busy, where Rotarians from seven different states stopped by to say hello. Residents and visitors came by and enjoyed the history boards and vision drawings for Main Street and stories of the past 90 years were shared with the current club.
The Friends of the Library Yard sale, in the parking lot of the Hastings Baptist Church on the corner of North Main and State Road 207, was a huge success thanks to the quality donated items, lots of volunteers and plenty of shoppers.
• As the Rails to Trails project is completed along the Sea to River loop, the FDOT trailhead in Hastings is coming along. And with that are other programs and projects in the region that could positively impact the town. To learn about the AgriTourism corridor connection, the Rotary club will host Herb Hiller on March 7 at its noon meeting. The group meets at the Christ United Methodist Church every Tuesday at noon. Call 386-546-5164 for more information.
• The Friends of the Library will meet this month at the library on March 16 at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in joining can do so by stopping by the library for an application, or find one online at www.sjcpls.org.
One of the primary functions of the Friends organization is to raise funds and provide volunteers for library programs. March programs begin March 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with the Teen Tech Event: Toy & Tech Take Apart. On March 15 from 1-5 p.m, Terry Beverly will host the History Photo Sharing & Scan Day. March 16 is the Adult Book Club from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, and March 25 is the Metal Works for Kids & Teens from 1-2 p.m.
• The Council on Aging center, located at the Lord’s Temple on Gilmour Street, meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to morning coffee, lunch, and daily activities, they host speakers and educational programs for adults that are at least 55 years of age. The participants there are currently working on a cookbook project featuring local and family recipes, history and perhaps some photos.
• At February’s Town Commission meeting, several residents, and County Commissioner Jeb Smith, spoke in support of the planned self-contained Dental Services Unit that would like to serve the Hastings area twice a month. This is being arranged through a partnership between the Wildflower Clinic and St. Vincent’s Hospital. One of those two days, the bus would be in the town of Hastings to serve town residents; the other day the bus would be in Flagler Estates to serve those in need there. More information will be provided at the March Town Meeting on March 14 at 7 p.m., in the HHS Community Building on South Main Street.
• Mark your calendars for the following confirmed Team Up events: April 1, Farm Bureau Spud Run and Hastings Spring Festival, at the Library campus on South Main Street from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Aug. 5 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. is the second annual Hastings FOCUS event for all Hastings back-to-school needs. This event is a one-stop opportunity to provide for medical, dental, and school supply needs.
On April 2 from noon until 4 p.m., the 136th annual St. Ambrose Church Spring Fair will feature the extraordinary Red River Band, Minorcan clam chowder, dinners, bake sale, silent auction, country store, Treasures and Trivia yard sale, tour of the old church, hayride on the grounds and more. No entry or parking fees. The church is located on Church Road, Elkton. For more information, call 692-1366.
• Hastings has an amazing student selected to study for a year in another country. Could yours be a host family for a 2017-18 Rotary Youth Exchange student for one semester? If so, email your interest to Emily at [email protected]
Contact Nancy Quatrano at [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Fridays if you have information for the column; please put “Hastings” in the subject line.