Rural Hall Train Depot to celebrate National Preservation Month
Apr. 27, 2016/Charlotte Evans
May is National Preservation Month. And in honor of the month-long campaign celebrating historic preservation, the Rural Hall Historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum will host a two-day event on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 with the theme: “Preserving A Slice of Railroad History: Legends and Traditions of the American Hobo” featuring the 1990 National Hobo Queen, Gypsy Moon.
On Friday night, the two-day event kicks off at 6pm with “A Night in the Hobo Jungle” which will celebrate the jungle, the traditions of the hobos as lived through hobo-railroad music, storytelling, honoring the four winds in the traditional lighting of the hobo campfire, Steamtrain Maury’s Hobo Stew served in a memorabilia cup and simple Hobo Bread.
Tickets to the opening event are $35 per person and may be picked up at Steve Hill Insurance Agency. Due to safety concerns, no children under 12 will be admitted. Reservations will be limited to the first 100 people. This event is a bring-your-own-seat/blanket for seating. Participants are encouraged to reserve their tickets early by visiting Steve Hill Insurance Agency, 310 Hwy. 65W, or by calling Donna Jo Abernethy, (336)767-7592.
On Saturday, Family Day events will begin at 10am with a welcome, storytelling, and exhibits by Gypsy Moon. At 12 noon, for the first 50 children, ages 6-12, she will hold a “Walking Stick” making opportunity, customized by each child, and judged for top 3 prizes. This is a free event, however, the suggested admission is a contribution to the museum.
Gypsy Moon’s book Done & Been: Steel Rail Chronicles of American Hobos, as well as her cookbook Hobo-Style Cooking – The hobos’ favorite jungle recipes will both be available for sale. All cookbook proceeds go to the Depot Museum.
Rural Hall Elementary School will partner with the Depot and have an art competition, featuring pictures of the hobos, boxcars, and building the rails. Announcement of winners will be during the 2-3 pm hour. Walking Stick winners will also be announced at this time.
Kings Hot Dogs will be the food vendor and will feature Gypsy Moon’s Hobo Baked Beans in their food selections for purchase.
Rural Hall honors its volunteers
Apr. 24, 2016/Charlotte Evans
Garden club names April's Yard of the Month recipient
Apr. 18, 2016/Submitted
Rural Hall's Get Smart, Get Moving program kicks off tonight
Apr. 18, 2016/Submitted
Rural Hall Town Council denies youth group request
Apr. 15, 2016/Charlotte Evans
The Rural Hall Town Council was expected to deal with the US52 Bridge Replacement agreement with the NC Dept. of Transportation at its Monday night meeting, but the agreement was not “in hand” at Monday’s meeting, so the council will handle the agreement once it is received, according to Town Manager Frank James.
A youth group approached the town council about getting a football field ready for use by August. The group wanted to apply for a grant to get turf for the installation of a football field. At this time, the council had to refuse the idea, since the town does not have adequate time to get a plan together and then be completed by August, according to James.
“We certainly want to support our youth, but at this time, we are just unable to fulfill this request” James stated.
During the announcements, Mayor Larry Williams informed everyone that the Spring Litter Sweep will be underway April 16 through April 30. Anyone interested in participating should call Town Hall at (336) 969-6856 for more information.
Mayor Williams also shared the town’s Get Smart, Get Moving (GSGM) program will kick off on Monday, April 18 at 6pm at the picnic shelter in Covington Park.
“Misty worked very hard on this” James shared, “She worked with the Rural Hall Area Business Association to get a $5 discount on the entry fee to the Rural Hall 5K/10K [should the participant be interested].”
The GSGM program will get participants ready for the Rural Hall 5K/10K during its six months. The program ends in October. Participants will not be expected to participate in the 5K/10K, but are encouraged to consider it.
Mayor Williams also announced the National Day of Prayer service will be held at Kingswood United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 5 at 12 noon. This year marks the 65th Annual National Day of Prayer with this year’s theme “Wake Up America.” In his proclamation, Mayor Williams designated the day of prayer in Rural Hall and encouraged “the citizens of Rural Hall to observe the day in ways appropriate to its importance and significance.”
The mayor proclaimed Municipal Clerks Week is May 1-7. He extended appreciation to Rural Hall’s Municipal Clerk, Dora K. Moore and to all municipal clerks “for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to the communities they represent.”