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Truth or Rumor;
RUMOR-The term quasquicentennial refers to a federally funded program that over the course of the next 20 years if the Mayan Calendar is correct will allow the actual amount of sun that is absorbed through the body to be measured and therefore taxed at a rate to be determined after the November election.
TRUTH-June 29, 30, and July 1 will be bright, cool, full of sunshine, and a perfect weekend to return to Stronghurst and reacquaint one self with the days gone by and learn a little of our history and have a cheap, exciting, fun filled weekend especially if you can find a relative or friend to feed and bed you down for three days. And the term actually means come; help us celebrate our 125th birthday.
RUMOR-On Sunday afternoon on the 1st of July, Liberace will come out of retirement to help those music lovers in Stronghurst to celebrate our Quasquicentennial.
Not Liberace, but Stronghurst's own Rex Martin will entertain the masses who gather on Sunday the 1st of July, 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Don't miss this one it's free, it's high brow, and it will be presented by a man who has earned a national reputation as one of the world's finest tubist and brass pedagogues. He has performed on stages in Japan to Australia, from Denmark to Italy, and many areas of Latin America. This writer has listened to Rex Martin perform previously and I can honestly say he has earned his reputation. If you miss this opportunity to hear him, don't expect him to come back for the 150th year celebration.
RUMOR-Jerry Keimig has been over heard stating that this year's summer parade is the best in over 20 years, and he is waiting to hear from the Rose Bowl parade committee to contract with our winning float to participate in the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade.
TRUTH-According to Jerry this years parade could have as many as 70 to 75 participants, and also according to Jerry there will be a considerable number of horses and politicians also entered so anyone who wishes to volunteer as a pooper-scooper should contact Jens Notstein who will see to it that you have the proper supplies.
RUMOR-Since this is Southern High School's first official reunion weekend and so many graduates are planning to attend, a dunk tank will be manned by many members of the old Southern teaching, coaching, and administrative staff.
TRUTH-Among the fun and games for the kids on Saturday morning will be potato sack races, 1/2 mile fun run, egg roll, water balloon throw, and yes a dunk tank, be realistic can you actually believe any of those old reprobates would actually get up in that dunk tank, think a minute which one of your teachers do you want to see in Speedos or a string bikini. The truth to horrible to even think a minute about.
RUMOR-Following the Talent Show on Friday Night (by the way this writer has not heard from Carnac the magnificent, what's the story here too old) a try-out will be held on Main Street, next season's Dancing with the Stars TV series. Entry blanks may be picked up at Bygones and Buds, and tryouts will be conducted at On Broadway Cafe with the West-Central South end bus drivers acting as Judges, only the top 15 dancers will perform on June 29th.
TRUTH-NO TRYOUTS!!! There will be an old fashion street dance, so if you have never seen an old fashion street dance, don't miss it. We have the street, if you have the dance bring it Friday night, June 29th following the Talent Show.
RUMOR-If you haven't ordered your copy of this years 125th year birthday book you had better do so immediately, there will be stories about certain old Stronghurst families which will blow the lid off this community. I have read a very preliminary copy of this manuscript and can honestly say that for a person like me who can neither read nor write it was mind blowing.
TRUTH-GET IT, READ IT, ENJOY IT, ORDER IT NOW, if you don't you might wish that you had for the next 25 years. This latest addition will update all family information from the 1987 book, it will include new families since the 1987 edition, and will gain in value over time. I can not say with a 100% assurance but I have heard that a mint condition of the 1987 edition book is now worth approximately what you paid for it back then. Can you say that about your 1987 car?
RUMOR-Might Curt Eisenmeyer and Larry Dowell actually make a return in this year's parade in the vehicles they road in 25 years ago. See picture.
TRUTH-If either one of these very fine gentlemen ride anything in this year's parade we had better hope it is motorized.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Carnac the magnificent and his silver haired sidekick, would you please notify Jens Notstein, he is trying valiantly to get them to this year's talent show but as of this date he has been unsuccessful. I ask you WHY JENS, WHY?
Next week we will try to abated all the rumors about the size of the fireworks display scheduled as THE BIG KABOOM, or THE FIREWORKS TO END ALL FIREWORKS, or THE BIG BANG THEORY, or THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR DOLLAR, or THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, or IF DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER THEN THIS NONSENSE SEEMS LIKE FOREVER.
Seriously folks this will be the big ending to a great weekend, but with the insurance needed and the massive size of the display itself, we do need just a few bucks to help pay for this tremendous show. There are jugs placed all around town at our many businesses, if you can and you are not already tapped out, fill those jugs up, any money not used this year will be placed in a time capsule to be opened and used in 2087.