Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Love these cool, fall mornings! I have noticed a few changes in the colors of the leaves. Here in God’s country, we are blessed to have the Blue Ridge Mountains to our northwest and Hanging Rock to the south. Our fall displays are breathtaking. I love this time of year! Take time to step outside with a cup of coffee and enjoy it!

The Shelton Family Reunion will be Sunday, September 24, at the Francisco Community Building. Please bring a covered dish and enjoy lunch at 12:30.

The Crossroad Community Church will have their Homecoming service Sunday, September 24. Church service will be at 10:00 am and the meal will be afterward. Please bring a covered dish and chair. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Crossroad Community Church is now having service at the Aaron’s Corner Church on Aaron’s Corner Church road.

Speaking of fall, we have some area churches planning on fall revivals. Collinstown Presbyterian Church will have their fall revival starting Sunday, September 24 and going to Wednesday, September 27. Austin Caviness will be the guest speaker on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Mark Oakley will be guest speaker on Wednesday. All services will start at 7:00 pm with special singing each night. Everyone is invited to attend.

Dan River Baptist Church will have its fall revival Sunday, October 1 and Monday, October 2, starting at 7:00 pm. Everyone’s favorite preacher/barber/just a good guy, Ricky Rogers, will be guest speaker both nights. We will also have special singing each night. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Annual Francisco School Reunion will be Saturday, October 7, at the Francisco Community Building. Anyone who ever attended Francisco School is invited to attend. Doors will open at 11:30 am and lunch will be at 12:30. Bring a covered dish and enjoy seeing ol’ classmates again. When lunch is finished, just walk across the road and enjoy the Francisco Farmfest!

Plans are full steam ahead to make this Second Annual Farmfest bigger and better than last years. The classic tractor parade will kick off the festivities Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am. A tobacco tying demonstration and heritage tobacco equipment will be on display. We have music all day, so bring a lawn chair. We have hot dogs and barbeque, so bring an appetite. We also have kid friendly activities so bring the young’uns. We are currently looking for items made from tobacco twine to display in our “Fiber house”. We also need handmade quilts, crocheted items and any kind of weaving. If you have any of these items that you would like to display, just give us a call. Texie Jessup is in charge of the tobacco twine items. You can reach her at 336-351-4142. Kathy Blue is in charge of the crocheted and weaving items as well as the handmade quilts. You may give her a call at 336-351-3254. We also are looking for vintage tools and equipment for display, as well as classic tractors for our tractor parade. Stephen Jessup is your go to person for this. You can reach him at 336-351-4142. We have available several levels of sponsorship for our Farmfest. If you have a business or organization that could benefit from being a sponsor, give Paula Duggan-King a call at 336-351-6002. Paula is also in charge of our Baker’s Corner which will be filled with delicious cakes, sweet treats and breads available for purchase. Tickets will be sold on a handmade white oak hall table made by Bill Hart and a 4’ x 4’ barn quilt made by Ruth Ann Hardin. Francisco Farmfest is more than an event, it’s a celebration. When our elementary school closed, we lost part of our heart of the community. Our Farmfest last year was a “bringing together” of community and fellowship. We didn’t know what was ahead for the use of the school. Now we do! This year’s Francisco Farmfest is a light at the end of the perpetual tunnel. We have something to look forward while embracing our past and our heritage. Come join the celebration. Relive the past and welcome the future.

Please lift the Danny Boles Family up in prayer this week. Danny passed away last week while at Duke Medical Center. I graduated with him at North Stokes and he was always such a nice person. He will be missed by many friends and family.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News