Thanks from the Salem Kiwanis Club
To the editor:
The Kiwanis Club of Salem recently held its 49th annual antique and craft show at Centennial Park. Money raised from the show helps to support the many community projects that we undertake during the year as we support the Kiwanis International mission of "Serving the Children of the World."
We would like to thank all of the residents of Salem and surrounding communities for their continued support as both vendors and shoppers.
People come great distances for this show but the "locals" really make it a success.
Special thanks go to Parks Director Steve Faber, Jim Grimm and their crew. Year after year, we arrive at Centennial Park on the Wednesday before the show to begin our set-up and the park is in immaculate condition.
Numerous long time vendors always comment on how great the park looks.
Thanks also to the various government, civic organizations and businesses that have always supported and cooperated with us in support of the show.
Thank you to our patrons and those who provided the incredible baskets for our auction. Due to weather issues, the basket raffle drawing and auction cut off was extended until Aug. 10 where we will display the baskets during the i-Fest. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Please come out and continue to support our Kiwanis efforts by buying some tickets and bidding on some beautiful baskets.
Thanks especially to our dealers many of whom have been coming to Centennial Park since 1992 when me moved the show from Reilly Stadium and this year weathered the rain.
Proceeds from this show help to fund projects like the annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition which will be held Sept. 22 at the Salem Community Center.
SHAWNA L. L'ITALIEN,
Festival proceeds will help preserve history
To the editor:
In June 1947 the first strawberry festival was held in Winona. The event was sponsored by the Women's Society of the Winona Methodist Church. Proceeds from the event supported the Glenn Bennett Memorial Playground until 1979.
The Winona Area Historical Society was founded June 3, 2010. On June 30, we held our second annual strawberry festival. Proceeds will fund the renovation of the 1838 Quaker Meeting House, which will serve as a museum to provide storage for Winona area artifacts.
I would like to acknowledge the following volunteers and their committees: Advertising: Pat Ward; Auction: Lola Toot; Crafters/Artisans: Bonnie Conser; Community Service: Rose Sidwell; Entertainment: Wendy Doyle; Food Service: Luanne Cope, Marilyn Althouse, Joan Brantingham and Kim Newlin; Cashier: Jen Gamble; Grounds: Lee Stamp; Grounds Clean-Up: Derek Coffee; Antique Display: Robert Brandt and Gordon Dunn; Sound: Lucian Clewell.
Thank you to Russell Loudon, Winona Ruritans, Hall Park, Winona Evangelical Friends Church, Winona Methodist Church, 1895 active Quaker Meeting House, Brantingham Farms, and The Glenn Bennett Memorial Playground for use of its facilities and equipment, and all the crafters and artisans who participated.
Special thanks to the Kiko Auctioneers, Maple-Cotton, and all the businesses who bought ads and donated auction items, those who made private donations and the Tri-State Antique Auto Club, for making our strawberry festival a very successful event.
A special thank you to the community for making this a special event, without you we could not proceed with preserving our history for the generations to come.
Our Ways and Means Committee has a motto: "This is all based on faith and hard work," this motto was proven by all the hard work of all the committees and volunteers.
Our next event will be Christmas in the Country to be held Dec. 7, 2013. Hope to see you there.
Ways and Means Committee,