Vicki Varney, Library Director|
Library Hours: Tues. & Thurs., Noon to 7 P.M., Sat., 9:30 A.M. to Noon
Fourth of July And Strawberry Shortcake Are ComingWednesday, July 4th in Turner Center is going to be one wonderful place for families to be. You all know that, and plan to be there and get one of those "out of this world" Strawberry Shortcakes, buy some books for the beach or back yard, and, of course, see a whopper of a parade. To help you get around, not miss anything, just relax and have a great time, hereís an approximate timeline for these and all the other events planned to make for a fun-filled day. Including fireworks!
The Natural History Club is conducting a contest of nature photos that should be in the groupís Town Center building by 9 a.m on the Fourth, with judging and winners being displayed when the building is open to the public at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m . For further information contact Edith Ellis at 212-9256.
Earliest event of the day is the 9th Annual 4th of July 5K Woodís Run race that begins at 8:30 sharp on the Elementary School lawn. Itís a fun race with proceeds from the $5 registration fee benefiting a local /school athletic program.
At just about 10 a.m. the parade will begin at Shrepís Corner Market, wave and smile and throw candy on its way down Main Street (Rte. 117) to Lower Street and the LAHS parking lot -- about an hour. Coffee and water will be available before and during the parade at both ends of the white fence between the Green and the road, and much appreciated donations will be gratefully received by Turner Public Library Junior Corporators Zoe Nadeau and Carly Jordan.
The ground floor room of the Leavitt Institute will be the site of the Libraryís massive annual 4th of July Book Sale which will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., continuing again on July 5th from noon to 4 p.m. At $1 for a hard cover and fifty cents for a paperback you canít beat it, and itís a virtual certainty youíll find the book youíve been looking for since 09.
The Turner Historical Museum and Historical Association rooms on the fourth floor of the Leavitt Institute Building will be open from 9 to noon, with the Turner calendar, sweatshirts and other items on sale. The historic Town House, now situated across Main Street from the Green, the earliest Town Meeting room will also be open to give visitors further information on the history of the town.
Childrenís games will be getting underway on the Green after the parade. Junior Class officers at Leavitt Area High School - Sydney Nadeau, Ben Ramser, David Hersom, and Maddie Wiegman - will be assisting with the games under LAHS Junior Class Adviser Isaiah Davis, and TPL Corporator Kim Jordan. Games are being developed to accommodate various age groups, but they are principally for the youngsters - and the kids have a great time.
RIGHT AFTER THE PARADE - under the tent on the Green, Turner Public Libraryís absolutely fantastic Strawberry Shortcake will be served to an adoring public whose waiting time will be cut in half this year because the Library volunteers will be serving two lines! We remind you - the TPL shortcake consists of freshly picked strawberries sweetened to perfection, ladled over uniformly delicious biscuits topped with more strawberries, then covered with a mountain of real whipped cream. No one has ever been injured in a struggle for a place in line for this delicacy and we expect to be able to say this again next year!
Local vendors will be at tables on the Green at all times. Applications remain available at the Library during open hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 to 12. The fee is $10. To date, the Cub Scouts of Turner, Bonita Kís Photography, Scentsy, and Cookie Lee Jewelry have signed up.
At 11 a.m. let the banging begin! Lin Gilbert, that proud perpetrator of political Pinatas, has outdone himself once again. This yearís target of youngsters will be a donkey/elephant in red, white and blue to celebrate our democracy in an election year. It will hold the usual supply of candy under its patriotic skin until it fails to hold together and the kids begin diving and grabbing under the big tree near the opening to the Green from Rte. 117.
The Reggae music makers Catch a Vibe will be playing their special tunes in the Music for Mavis Gazebo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and itís guaranteed to get people tapping feet or getting up to shake a leg.
And yes, there will be fireworks. Theyíll go skyward about 9 p.m. and the prime watching spot will be the big field right by Shrepís Corner Market. Angelo Terreri, chairman of the Turner Board of Selectmen, said the fireworks are being presented by the Turner Athletic Association, supported by a number of Turner citizens and businesses.