When the heat of summer laid its hot, humid hand on the land, my beloved Grandpa Joe talked about it being a less than an ideal time for what he simply described as “doings.” Ever the optimist, though, he would add “a body can find plenty to do in hot weather if he ain’t lazy, and a little sunshine and sweat never hurt anyone.”
Grandpa Joe had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of things to be done. Some were flat-out hard work such as hoeing corn or weeding the garden. Others involved the simple joys of being a boy, or in his case a boy trapped in an old man’s body.
One thing he never experienced – although I suspect he might have found the experience enjoyable – are the church-related game suppers and sportsman’s gatherings which have become increasingly popular. They are a time of good food, fellowship and anticipation of outings to come.
The 11th annual celebration of West End Baptist Church’s Quest for the Record Book gathering is Aug. 7. This year’s guest speaker is Hank Hough, creator of Kingdom Dog Ministries.
Th event is at West End Baptist Church, 1727 McConnells Highway in Rock Hill. Ticket price is $20 which includes a barbeque dinner with all the fixings, a chance to win door prizes, live music and Hough’s message.
No tickets are sold at the door. Tickets are for sale at a number of area locations including Southern Draw Archery, The Outdoor Shop, Jamie K Outdoors, Aim Right Gun Shop, Nichols Store, Sportsman’s Inc., Double B Graphix and Rock Hill Power Sports.
There are plenty of other things anyone who loves the outdoors can do this time of year, such as:
▪ Flying June bug helicopters. This involves catching a June bug, carefully attaching a length of sewing thread to a leg, and turning it loose. It’s like having a miniature helicopter acting similar to a kite, although the June bugs soon wise up (or wear out) and refuse to fly.
▪ Cut cane for a fishing pole.
▪ Try something new in the way of craftsmanship that will also have practical uses – try making a wingbone turkey call, make a turkey tote from a piece of deer antleror do something with antlers or turkey spurs in the decorative line such as a key-chain fob.
▪ Build an old-time rabbit trap and, come winter, try it out.