Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Upcoming Events

Don't forget to attend the Black Diamond Rummage Sale this Friday and Saturday at the Black Diamond Building from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The proceeds from this event will go toward painting the Black Diamond Building in downtown Bevier.
Mmmmm.... brace yourselves for a delicious event! Bevier Sesquicentennial Committee will offer a Chocolate Fest Bake Sale at the Black Diamond Building on May 10th from 10 o'clock a.m. until sold out. Sounds fabulous, doesn't it?
And then brace yourselves for a real treat in downtown Bevier on June 22nd when the citizens of Bevier can attend an Italian Festival. Featured in the event will be food, wine, music and games.
Then at last it will be time for the big event itself: The Sesquicentennial Celebration will run October 3rd, 4th, and 5th all over the town of Bevier. One featured event during the celebration will be the tea and style show to be held on October 5th at the school.
The Sesquicentennial celebration will have its opening ceremony a5 o'clock p.m. with a dedication of the school bell. Speakers will follow and a musical presentation by Black Diamond Jubilee at the park from 8 to 10 o'clock. Saturday will feature a quilt show, a historic tour of the town, kid's day, a car show, rock and roll day, cemetery theater, fireworks, and entertainment. More details of this once in a lifetime event will follow. Just be sure to mark your calendars and plan to be in town for the whole party.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Born in Bevier -- Arthur "Jack" Fascinato

Bevier has produced many, many talented musical artists, and perhaps the one most celebrated is Jack Fascinato, born in Bevier in 1915. Best known as the creative musical director of the children’s TV series “Kukla, Fran & Ollie,” Fascinato received great acclaim for his complex productions — including a performance of “St. George and the Dragon” featuring Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, as well as his annual staging of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Mikado.” Later he joined Capitol Records to collaborate with rising country crossover star Tennessee Ernie Ford. The partnership was hugely successful, and in the years to come Fascinato arranged and conducted close to two dozen Ford LPs, scoring a number of hits including “Sixteen Tons.” One of his Fascinato’s own albums, “Music from a Surplus Store” — is a highly collectible “Holy Grail” for space-age pop collectors.

Bevier & Southern Railroad Company - Christmas Party 1960

These photos are from a Christmas party for the B&S employees in 1960. Let's see if we can identify everyone in these photos! Post what you know! (Double-click on the image for an enlarged view.) ~CG

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Two fine publications for your memories!

Click on the documents to enlarge them. Don't miss out on these two important publication memories of the 2008 Beviier Sesquicentennial. Enjoy! You may save them and print if you wish to mail in a request for the book. Be sure to contact someone in order to ensure you have a copy and are featured in the book.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shoemaker RV Center

Shoemaker RV Center was a wonderful asset to our community for many years. I was very sad to hear of Chet Shoemaker's passing last October. I remember how proud and excited he was when the business was all under construction! He hired this group of girls to help paint the building's interior and detail the trade-in units. We were making money for our senior trip and Chet certainly was wonderful to us. That's Chet above, and a few of the members of the class of 1977 -- Mary Douglas, Genia Smith, Brenda Harrington, me, and Beth Peukert. With Chet's help, our class went to Florida two years later! ~CG

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Growing up in Bevier meant spending time at the ball park! Whether it was a high school game or the Bevier All-Stars taking the field, ball games were definitely a family event. This pic is from 1969, and there is Chester and Elizabeth Dwiggins, Becky Dwiggins, Bonnie Harrington, Regina Brant and Brenda Harrington.
I remember some of the "lucky" kids got to make some extra cash by collecting discarded pop bottles and turning them in at the stand for deposit money. Whenever a foul ball was hit, a crowd of boys would chase after it. They could return it to the team and get a dime! Though I was never allowed to take advantage of these money-making opportunities, I can tell you that the popcorn made in the Bevier ball park stand and served in a plain brown bag by Mr. Willie Jones was the best popcorn EVER! ~CG

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis Revisited

Remember when Bevier Homecoming was privileged to watch this cast perform Meet Me in St. Louis? The year was 1980, and the cast also performed in Macon as a fund raiser for Hazardous Waste. Joetta Walter and Rebecca Hunter Belt are ready for the Fair! -----