I do not have anything to complain about this week. Oops, my six regular readers will not know whose opinion column they are reading if I am not grumbling about something. No, I take that back — let me share some good stuff.
I often hear people complain there is nothing to do in Peabody. Sometimes they are right. However, nice weather has been with us for a while and days are getting longer. It seems we should be thinking about ways to get out of the house and enjoy spring. Soon it will be summer and we will be whining about the heat, won’t we?
Just picking the remainder of the week, after Wednesday’s publication of this newspaper, here are several things you can do. It might be a good weekend to get out and enjoy your community.
Peabody-Burns Middle School will host a track meet at 3 p.m. Thursday. There is no charge to attend, you can cheer for the blue and white, and watch some great kids give it their best effort. It looks like the weather will be perfect — how could you go wrong?
There is a middle school-high school vocal music program at 7 p.m. Friday at Peabody-Burns High School. How long has it been since you have made an effort to attend a school program and enjoy the effort put forth by our district students? Even if you do not have children or grandchildren participating, programs like these are rewarding. The students have worked hard to create an enjoyable concert for you. Again, the event is free and at the very least, I bet you hear some great music.
Later in the evening the Coneburg Inn Grill and Pub will be host to Brook Blanche and Adam Lee, performing honky-tonk country tunes for a couple of hours. Yee-haw! Since I do not get any fringe benefits such as health care from this job, I am going to shamelessly promote live entertainment at my favorite local grill and pub. If you are reading this paragraph, you know I got away with it.
Come Saturday, the town will be bustling with bargains as Peabody Citywide Garage Sale — sponsored by this newspaper — takes place one more time. Head out with a couple of bucks in your pocket and see how many treasures you can score. Garage sales are great for purchasing Christmas gag gifts or all the parts and pieces for your next repurposing project. Halloween costumes for the whole family or for Peabody’s next scarecrow event are probably hanging on a rack in someone’s garage. Take your kids — they will have a ball.
Peabody Sunday Cruise will begin at 8 a.m. downtown Sunday. This will be the kick-off for the 2016 cruise season featuring motorcycles and vintage autos. Vendors will be selling their wares, there will be a church service at Santa Fe Park, and several downtown merchants will be open. Take your family and have fun.
Peabody Boy Scouts will serve a taco burger dinner at Peabody United Methodist Church from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Cost of the meal is by donation. The boys are earning money to attend scout camp this summer and they could use your help. It is a good cause and you will not have to cook — always a plus in my book.
There you have it. There is a lot going on in small town, USA, the rest of this week. Go out and take part in a couple of activities. You will probably enjoy yourselves, as well you should.