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August, 9, 2016 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Riverboat Days A Bitterweet Time For Board As RBD Nears By Katie Greene RBD Secretary Losing a friend and mentor is always difficult. The last couple of weeks have been interesting for our entire board. Although we feel a huge loss, we know that the best way to honor someone you care about is to make them proud of your efforts. That is exactly what the Riverboat Days Board will be doing in the next few weeks. We are determined to make this year one of the best yet! So with a little sadness in our hearts, we will continue moving forward, trying new things, planning and organizing, in honor of our missing teammate — Chopper Johnson. The Children’s Parade on Friday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m. is our official start to Riverboat Days. Seeing our youngsters get involved in Riverboat Days is always exciting. Our Opening Ceremonies will start at 6:30 p.m. with Scott Kooistra in the amphitheatre. Around 8 p.m., Judd Hoos will take the stage with a break at dark, for the most amazing fireworks around! Saturday, Aug. 20, will start with the Mount Marty walk/run. There really is something for everyone during our weekend. At 9:30 a.m., one of our biggest events will begin … the Riverboat Days parade! I am always impressed by the creative floats that are usually all about our theme! Although there is some construction this year, we should have no problem with our parade taking the same route down Douglas St., over to Cedar St., and then continuing onto Third St. and Pine. Thank you to our entire parade committee! They have great organizational skills because they make all of this seem simple and easy. ‘Seed Saving’ Class Offered At Library Our children’s area will have a variety of activities all weekend long. We also have BMX bike shows, trick roping, old-west re-enactors, a living statue, entertainment in our amphitheatre, “Natural T” Live Music, Mike & Jay and so much more! Mud Dogs is our Saturday night band. To give a little background on this group, they began performing in 1998 and have played thousands of shows. They play a variety of music from rock to country! Most people who have been to a Mud Dogs concert or event will admit that they just had to start dancing once the group began to play! A new event that will take place three times on Sunday, Aug. 21, is the Flippenout Trampoline Show. You will want to schedule sometime down at Riverside Park at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to see this fun new show. They are unique and will provide a little ex- citement to your Sunday afternoon. Old Iron & Associates have been finalizing their plans for Riverboat Days 2016. You will find this group north of the softball field in the parking lot. You will want to make sure you set aside some time to visit this area of the park during this year’s festival. Yankton Area Arts is once again preparing for another fabulous year with the Summer Arts Festival part of Riverboat Days. Booths have the option of opening up on Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. All booths will be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard the exciting news from YAA, Brule will be performing on the west end of the park all weekend long! The Classic Cruiser’s Car Show takes place on Sunday and is a wonderful chance for local people to show off all of their hard work on a hobby they love! This will take place in the softball field with trophies presented around 4 p.m. For other information on any of our other events, please visit our website at www.riverboatdays.com or visit our Facebook & Twitter page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the Riverboat Days Office at 665-1657 or drop me an email at office@riverboatdays.com On behalf of our Board of Directors — Randy Oliver (Co-chair), John Kraft (Co-chair), Nancy Teachout, Donna Madson, Mike Byrkeland , Rick Stone, Robert Byrkeland, Milissa Wuebben, Jake Hoffner, Mike Villanueva, Dave Wright, Michele Termansen and myself — we would like to invite you to Riverboat Days 2016 on Aug. 19-21. The Bookworm ‘Trials Of The Earth’ Serves Up A Riveting, True Tale Do you know when a plant is ready for its seeds to be harvested? Join the Yankton Seed Library class as Missouri Valley Master Gardeners present “Seed Saving” on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street. Learn how to recognize when a plant is ready to be harvested for its seeds as well as how to dry and save seeds for yourself or to donate back to the Seed Library. “Trials of the Earth: The True Story of Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free a Pioneer Woman” by Mary Mann Hamilclass. It’s never too late to learn more about harvesting plants ton; © 2016, Little, Brown; 319 pages. and seed saving. ——— For further information, contact the library at 668-5275. cook, learned how to keep house in a tent (though she always dreamed of a real home), how to feed a crowd, and what signs to heed when a storm or flood was imminent. She was brave. She was a good wife but a lousy widow. Life was “an adventure.” And at some point, she “quit looking back in my mind and looked forward.” Wait. Did I say this is all true? — because it is. Author Mary Mann Hamilton was a real person who really homesteaded in the south from roughly 1882 to the early part of the last century, and “Trials of the Earth” is her tale. Here, the word “pioneer” takes on new meaning: covered wagons and prairies tend to come to mind, but Hamilton makes it clear that, a mere hundred years ago, there were still wild parts to this country and settling them was no picnic. Life was tough for our forebears, really tough: as quick deaths rack up, readers will be shocked; likewise, over the casual racism. Overall, you’ll never whine about your cold coffee again. Be aware that this “direct and simple autobiography” can be confusing: the Hamilton family moved often, and that’s hard to follow. We meet many, many scamps and even more kind folks and neighbors, and it’s hard to keep track of them, too. The trick is not to try too hard, enjoy the journey, and “Trials of the Earth” is a book you’ll toast. BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Antique Auto Association To Meet Your toast was burnt this morning. It was the first in a tsunami of irritaThe Yankton Antique Auto Association will be holding their tion you had to endure today: the house meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Pizza Ranch at 6 p.m., WiFi was down, your shirt got wrinkled, meeting following meal. the cat threw up on the carpet, humid There will be a discussion on upcoming events, Riverboat weather, your coffee got cold. What Day parade and Picnic-At-The-Park in September. next? Read “Trials of the Earth” by Mary If anyone would be interested in joining the club or have Mann Hamilton, and review your day any questions, contact Wilbur Goehring at 665-1717. again. The “wild country of Arkansas… was just beginning to settle up” when Mary Mann’s father brought his family from Teach your family about the importance of giving back by Missouri down to buy a home. He didn’t bringing school supply donations to Memorial Pool, and the live long enough to enjoy it, however whole family will swim for FREE on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 6-8 — he died 10 days after they arrived, p.m. Family night rules apply. leaving Mary’s mother with six children Also, Memorial Park Pool will close for the season on Friday, to feed. Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. There was work in Arkansas, though, her. He couldn’t seem to hold a job for For further information, call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit so Mary’s brothers got jobs at the long, or jobs didn’t last for him, either. Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. sawmill, while Mary and her sisters She hoped her first child would help glue took in boarders. One of them, a rogutheir marriage, but the baby died and ish Englishman named Frank Hamilton Frank drank harder. convinced Mary’s brothers that he had She was in a different country, in a The 2016 One Book South Dakota selection is “Some Luck” romantic intentions for the 17-year-old, different home when her second baby by Jane Smiley, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. You though marriage wasn’t what Mary died. can check out the One Book Selection at the front desk of the wanted. Still, she agreed to it as her And then, despite a lot of moves Yankton Community Library and join Dr. James Sullivan and the mother and eldest brother lay dying. that uprooted their growing family, life Monday book club for a discussion on Monday, Aug. 15, at 11 Married life was a challenge. Unbesmoothed. Mary became a mother again, a.m. in the meeting room of the library. knownst to Mary before the wedding, a dressmaker and a county-renowned The library will also hold an evening session in the fall. Frank was quite the drinker, It’s 1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have which greatly embarrassed just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of five. Each chapter in this novel Prices ! covers a single year, encomed Reduc passing the sweep of history as the Langdons abide by Waterproof time-honored values and pass them on to their children. FREE SOCKS with boots With the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change through the 312 W. 3rd • Yankton • 665-9092 early 1950s, you watch as the personal and the historical Aug. 12th, 13th, & 14th merge seamlessly: one moConvention Center ment electricity is just beginSioux City, IA ning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis. 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