It seems very nice to see things starting to reopen. It is important that everyone of us remains diligent to the plans for everyone’s health and safety. Some Southside groups and organizations are beginning to have meetings or events.
This Saturday, May 15, the Friends of Edgewood Elementary is having the dedication of the Paul L. Bailey Memorial Basketball Court, located on the old school grounds on Epler Avenue about a block west of Madison Avenue. The dedication begins at noon with plenty of wonderful stories to be shared.
The Perry Township / Southport Historical Society is planning to have its first meeting of the year Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at Perry Senior Center, 6901 Derbyshire Road. The last program was held in October 2020. Wendy Barth-Servies will be the guest speaker. She and her mother, Diane Hunt-Barth, are the only mother/daughter 500 Festival Queens in the history of the festival. I’m sure she will have some great stories.
Hopefully later in the year, the historical society will be able to induct a few more honorees into the Edgewood-Epler-Kautsky Basketball Hall of fame. This was started in 2019 with seven inductees. There were no inductees in 2020 because of Covid-19.
My Southport High School class enjoys getting together. One group has a breakfast each month and a different group gathers for a lunch. The breakfast group is a bunch of guys and we always meet at the very same location each month which makes it easy for us to be only a few minutes late.
The lunch group consists of mostly gals from our class. Guys are invited and sometimes a husband or two shows up. We dine all around the city. I enjoy meeting and dining with both groups. It was nice at the last get together for both groups to see our attendance is beginning to return to the numbers prior to this pandemic.
Mother’s Day was Sunday. Lyn got some beautiful flowers and some framed family pictures from our daughter, Michelle. I took some time to sit quietly and remember some favorite “my mom” stories.
I remember that she started a neighborhood “happy hour” club. This involved several of the ladies that lived on mom’s corner of our housing addition. A couple of times a week, the club would get together in the early evening to enjoy Happy Hour. The group rotated from house to house and they enjoyed snacks, drinks and reviewing the last few days. I’m sure that there were some amazing stories.
My wife Lyn, our dog Stuart and I live in that house now. Often when I look at one of those neighboring homes and remember the residents during those “Happy Hour” years, I almost break out into laughter.
Stuart and I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day.