Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

July 1, 2013

Of gliding bikes, helping hands and colorful quilts

— By Sharron Hudson

As we move into July many in the area are looking forward to the 29th Annual Parker County Peach Festival which is coming up on July 13. The event will be held as usual in historic downtown Weatherford from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

While there has already been much written and publicized about the festival, those around Millsap have a special interest in the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, which is held in conjunction with the festival. Our town is included on the route, of which there is a total of 70 miles to conquer. This event, which is in its 25th year, is for two great causes: scholarships and other assistance through the Weatherford College Foundation and the promotion of Weatherford through the local Chamber of Commerce.  More than 2,000 participants are expected from across Texas and beyond.  Along the course there are quite a few rest stops.  We are excited about this because one of the stops is a few miles from Millsap at Newberry with another in Millsap. This is always a great day with all of the bikers practically gliding through, and many of our folks are looking forward to seeing the riders and cheering them on.

On a serious note, in an annual survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation 23 percent of our country's children are living at the poverty level. While there have been gains in education and health nationally, there have been serious setbacks to the economic well-being of children since 2005. Poverty rates continue to rise in the middle class, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. One thing this means to us in Millsap is that there are children in our community who need to be fed since they are not receiving the breakfasts and lunches provided by the school during the school year. Right now our best means of helping is to donate shelf-friendly food to the Millsap First Baptist Church Food Pantry. 

The pantry is open every Tuesday 8:30-10 a.m.  Experts report that pantries get in more dire need of contributions in the warm months than in cold months. Millsap is a giving, caring community so please help if at all possible.

The Millsap Chapter of Masons is looking forward to a special annual event, which will take place on July 16. The group will come together at 6 p.m. for an evening that will include the installation of officers for the year. Russell Herrick will be installed as Master of the Lodge. He is sure to excel in this capacity as he has the heart of a true volunteer and serves not only in the Masons but in other organizations, and particularly those involving Veterans. We are looking forward to the installation ceremony for this community-minded group, as it's sure to be a wonderful event.

The Millsap Quilting Club is staying busy this summer with a multitude of beautiful works of art in progress. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Millsap Methodist Church at 9 a.m. The church has graciously opened its doors to the ladies for the last 17 years, and it is a great set-up as the quilters have room for all of their sewing machines, ironing boards, and other equipment. There is an atmosphere of good fellowship and friendship in the air as work is carried on amidst conversation.  To finish up the meeting the ladies have lunch together. 

This is a very friendly group, and they welcome anyone interested in quilting, from beginners to masters.

In conjunction with their group the ladies want everyone to know that member Connie Holland is opening up a Quilt Shop on the Old Millsap Highway on the way into Mineral Wells.  It already has a banner in the yard with the shop's name, “Hen's Nest,” on it. Plans are to have a room  for quilters to set up their machines in and quilt, children's classes, and to rent out equipment. Connie is a very kind lady who loves to help people and we wish her all success in this new venture.

Area resident J.A. Brogdon has been quite ill and is recouping at home after a stay in the hospital. We wish J.A. a speedy and complete recovery!

To each of you a very Happy 4th of July, and thanks for reading!