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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News



Hello, Autumn!! Love these cooler temperatures! I’m ready for flannel shirts and sweaters, homemade vegetable soup and less sweating. Pretty soon, our corner of the world will be splashed with the colors of fall! Bring it on!

Don’t forget the Annual Francisco School Reunion will be held Saturday, October 1, at the Francisco Community Building. Anyone, young or not so young, that attended Francisco School at any time is invited to attend. Pack your favorite covered dish and have lunch about 12:30. The weather should be beautiful on Saturday, so look for a large attendance, the more the merrier!

Plans and last minute preparations for our first Annual Francisco Farmfest are underway. This promises to be such a fun filled, family event with lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. Our Farmfest, located at the Francisco Community Park (school playground) starts at 2:00 pm but we will have a special ceremony at 2:30 pm to honor those people that have made Francisco the special place that it is today. During the ceremony, we will also dedicate our new Walking Trail, our Little Library and the new information kiosk that is located at the entrance of our Trail. Music, live demonstrations of quilting, old timey tobacco tying and molasses making and games for the kids will fill the evening. Food such as hot dogs with all the fixins and barbeque will be available for purchase but all the activities are free. We will also have tickets for sale on a beautiful handmade quilt stitched by Ann Simmons and an exquisite handmade table by Bill Hart. Tractors, as well as all types of farm equipment will be on display. Our Francisco Farmfest is an event to honor our heritage but to also look to our future. A future that does not contain an empty school building, but has a center point of a community filled with opportunities and promise. Everyone is invited to attend.

Dan River Baptist Church located on Highway 704 in Francisco is having its annual Fall Revival Sunday evening, October 2 and Monday evening October 3. Rickey Rogers will be our guest speaker and we will have special singing both nights. The services start at 7:00 pm. For more information, contact Andy Pack at 276-694-6653. Everyone is invited to attend.

There will also be a Women’s Fellowship and Prayer Service at Dan River Baptist Church Saturday, October 8 starting at 6:00 pm. Judy Fulk Hopkins is giving the Devotional. Light refreshments will be served afterward. All ladies are invited to attend.

October is the time for all things scary and “Halloween-ish.” Martin Farms and K-9 Clips will be holding its annual Haunted Hayride Saturday evening, October 15, at the Martin Farm, 1175 Asbury Road, Westfield. Mike and wife, Amy, pull out all the stops for this yearly event that brings in kids, both young and old, to a scary but fun filled adventure through the woods on their farm. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 17. Hot dogs and other food items and treats will be available. Please bring a non-perishable food item for our Northwest Stokes Food Pantry. A scarecrow contest for the kids is also planned. The scarecrow kits can be picked up at the Francisco Farmfest. The fun starts at 7:30 pm and goes to 10:00 pm. For directions to the farm, Google K-9clip.com. Come and ride if you dare!!

Happy birthday to Sara Lou Mitchell in the Collinstown community! Sara Lou celebrates her birthday September 27. She is such a sweet lady who does a lot of volunteer work at the hospital. Hope you have a blessed day!!

Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church is in need of extra funds to maintain the cemetery. If you have a family member buried there, please consider a donation to the church. Donations may be made to Big Creek Church Cemetery Fund c/o Wilna Durham 1219 Inman Road Pilot Mountain, NC 27041. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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