Southport Column: Country Fair, yard sale and more

Posted:  Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:30am
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With the extended Fourth of July weekend come and gone prompting many fun activities, thoughts now turn to future events.

Members of the Southport United Methodist Church and friends are hard at work organizing their annual fair to be held at the church and the Southport Town Hall Wednesday, July 19, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each Monday morning from 9 until noon from now until the fair, a group of workers will be at the church to receive donations, excluding clothes and large items. Already they have received a lovely estate collection with Heisey Glass, Royal Doulton china, and many silver pieces, along with other collectibles, and children’s toys and books donated by a small day care.

Most of the items for sale will be in the church hall, but Silent Auction items, the cookie walk, and lunch will be at the Southport Town Hall. The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. so you can come early to shop, enjoy lunch, and then shop some more. Lunch, as many of you know, features a lobster roll, although chicken salad and hot dogs will also be available. A long table full of cookies will entice you to fill a coffee can with cookies to take home. The Silent Auction bidding will close at 1 p.m.

In addition, Saturday, July 22, from 8 a.m. until noon the Southport Methodist women have organized an Island Yard Sale. Tables are available to rent for $15 at the church, or folks can hold their own yard sale and be added to the Island Yard Sale Map available at the church. Email southportislandyardsale@gmail.com or text/call Cindy at 727-385-4314 for more information or to be included.

Look for a picture and article elsewhere in the paper about Captain Willy Leathers aboard the Adventure and other windjammer vessels and captains in the harbor for last week’s Windjammer Days. Willy, son of Nancy Prisk, first learned to love sailing and the sea at the Southport Yacht Club. Kit and I went aboard for a reception on Wednesday evening and enjoyed both Willy’s presentation about the boat and Nick’s and Jane Hurd’s accounts of being aboard when they were children and their father owned the boat.

Family and friends filled the chapel of All Saints by-the-Sea on Saturday morning, remembering and honoring Fred Helming, who died on June 12 at his Southport home. Family members read parts of the service with son, Tom, talking about his father’s life. Following the service at the Southport Yacht Club where Fred had been commodore, the family had assembled a slide show of pictures of his life beginning when Fred was a small boy. Other still photos on a nearby table completed the tableaux, and summed up a long life well lived.

Skies cleared for the Southport Yacht Club’s lobster dinner on Saturday night. The weather was just iffy enough that we chose a table inside, but the rain remained in abeyance for all to enjoy the good food and the lovely evening. The turnabout races in the afternoon had to be held in the harbor, however, due to thick fog. That created an even more challenging course as sailors dodged not only other racers, but also the moored boats.

The Southport Democrats met last Thursday evening to elect new officers and to discuss ways to encourage political discourse helpful to all. Look for a picture and article with more information elsewhere in this paper.

Since this column was due before the Fourth, I cannot now right about the Southport Fourth of July parade. Look for news of that fun event next week.

Event Date: 
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:00am