June Meeting Summary – Fall Fundraiser Update

The June meeting was held at the new picnic pavilion at the future community center site.   It was a beautiful evening and much was accomplished.

We discussed the financial costs of adding guttering and gravel to widen the entrance road into the pavilion area, smooth the step-up into the pavilion itself, and add guttering to the edges of the pavilion to prevent erosion during heavy storms. (for more details, you can contact the Community Club Officers through the email listed on the contact page).

Given the cost of the improvements listed above, we have decided to host a fundraiser this fall to financially support the changes.  Though the fundraiser is still in planning phase, there were several components that were determined at the meeting.

**PLEASE NOTE: These are tentative plans and will be confirmed at the next meeting on July 19.  If you are interested in attending, please see the upcoming events page for details.

The fundraiser will be held on October 8th at the picnic pavilion. There will be a yard sale/flea market from 7am to noon.  Members of the community and Madison County Area are encouraged to apply for a booth area.  Booth areas will most likely be approximately 10′ x 20′ and cost $10 for the vendor.  Vendors must provide their own tables and or popups if they so choose.

The afternoon events will begin at 4pm.  There will be tickets for a BBQ dinner (including BBQ, bun, coleslaw, baked beans, and a drink).  Adult dinner will be $10.00, Children 5-10 years of age: $5.00, and children under the age of 5 eat free!

There will be bluegrass, gospel, and country singers performing on stage throughout the evening.  Performers are local community members.  If you are interested in performing or have a recommendation for a performer, please contact the community club officers via our contact page.

We will also be hosting a Duck Derby down Walnut Creek.  Ducks are $2.00 a piece or 3 for $5.00.  Cash prizes will be given to the first three winners.  You may purchase your ducks in advance or at the event.

Throughout the evening, there will also be a silent auction of local, handcrafted goods, as well as a bake sale to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Please pass the word around as we would love to see many members of the community (and Madison County folks) join us in celebrating our first event in the new pavilion.

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Annual Community Club Meeting – Madison County Ag Extension Office

Held Thursday October 8,2015 and hosted by the Agricultural Extension Office in Madison County, NC.

Members of various community clubs of Madison County gathered for a potluck dinner on Thursday evening to share a meal, enjoy mountain music performed by Madison County’s talented FFA students, and to discuss their goings-on, fundraising endeavors, and events to support local needs.  Clubs shared photos of their events from this past year.

Highlights include:  A new restaurant at the Spring Creek Community Center, firewood collection for elderly families in need by the Upper Laurel Community Club, an astounding amount of volunteer hours provided by Walnut Community Club for the building of a new family retreat center, and a Christmas Light Competition hosted by the Revere-Rice Cove Community Club.

Also highlighted was the Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center located in the Upper Laurel Community.  Events are hosted to support Appalachian Arts and community outreach.

A $100 prize was awarded to the community club with the most members present.  This year’s prize was awarded to the Upper Laurel Community Club, present with 26 members.