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Family "Bess"tival

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Elmwood City Park, Elmwood, NE


Celebrate the selection of Bess Streeter Aldrich's
A Lantern in Her Hand as the 2009 One Book One
Nebraska choice, and the 100th anniversary of
the author's move to Elmwood!

Hourly van tours of historic sites at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Old-fashioned games and activities from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Bess Streeter Aldrich House (204 East F)
& Aldrich Museum (124 West D) open for tours from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org for a complete schedule.

Sponsored by the Elmwood Public Library and Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.


Celebrate One Book One Nebraska

"A Lantern in Her Hand" by Nebraska

author Bess Streeter Aldrich

with a family festival. 

August 16th 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Elmwood Public Park

Elmwood, NE

Old Fashioned Games

Bess Streeter Aldrich town tours

Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum Tours

Kids Old Fashioned Crafts


Bake Sale

G.A.R. Museum Ice Cream Social 6:30 pm

Family Fun

Funded in Part by Cass County Tourism

Annual Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 16th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Elmwood G.A.R. Hall

Veterans' Museum

5th and East D Street

Rain Location:  Elmwood Community Center

Sponsored by American Legion Post #247

Free Will Donation

All Proceeds Help to Support the

Elmwood G.A.R. Hall Veterans' Museum


2009 Cass County Fair

August 4-8, 2009

Theme: "Meet Me at the Fair"

Cass County Agricultural Society


Motto: The Fair with a Flair


Modified Lawn Mower Races

Semi Truck Pull


Bush Pullers Tractor Pull

4-H Shows and Exhibits

Live Entertainment

Antique Tractor Pull

Mutton Busting


Commercial Exhibits

Pedal Pull, Young and Old

Wildlife Encounters

Queen Contest

Doc Anderson's Traveling Medicine Wagon Show (click here for more info!)

Cass County Fairgounds

144th & Highway 1

Weeping Water, NE

Click here for more information about the Cass County Fair and

Wishstock 09'

Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish

Friday, August 7th 7:00pm - 12:00am

1-80 Speedway

Exit 420 Between Omaha & Lincoln

Live Music by Nashville Star Jaime Fox

Monster Rock Band Competition

Silent Auction

Raffle Tickets

Our mission at Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes

of children with life threatening medical conditions

to enrich the human experience with hope, strength,

and joy. We are part of the largest and most respected

wish granting organization in the world

See Lacey Tuttle, local Elmwood girl, driving

the pink z00 Race car. Check her out at

www.laceytuttle.com. She is on a mission

to raise money for Make-A-Wish!

Let's help her out!




May I have your autograph...


Kabrianna Mumford, nine year old daughter of John

and Deb Mumford of Elmwood was nominated for a

TAG award for her performance in the Sound of Music

last year at the Lofte Theater. The Theatre Arts Guild

of Omaha main purpose is to advance and promote the

live theatre art form in the metropolitan Omaha, NE area.

Their mission is to raise awareness of and participation

in live theatre in the Omaha community through professional

and educational development, recognition of contributions

to the art form, and communication to the theatrical community

and the community at large. Each year the TAG membership

nominates and votes for metro area theatres' outstanding

productions, actors, designers, and technicians. The process

culminates at the Awards Night Gala where they gather to

announce and honor recipients and celebrate the year's achievements.
Kabbie and her parents went to the ceremony last weekend

and found that it was a very flamboyant Broadway affair.

It was Black Tie at the Holiday Inn in Omaha. Many of the

TAG committee members and board members recognized

Kabbie and complimented her on her acting ability. Although

many told her they voted for her it wasn't enough to win.

A girl from Omaha won but didn't even come to the ceremony

to pick up her award! Everyone encouraged Kabbie to follow

her dreams and one day she would be walking down the red

carpet at the Oscars. And I will have the honor of saying,

"I knew Kabbie when..."



Inspire & Believe


Every year my son, Joe, attends Junior Wheelchair Sports and

Recreation Camp at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.

It is a program within the Omaha City Parks and Recreation and

is supported by many sources. The camp gives kids in wheelchairs

an opportunity to try different sports. Joe got to play basketball,

volleyball, boccia ball, and tennis. He also tried martial arts, sled hockey,

and archery. One day they went to Seymour Smith Park in LaVista to

play softball. It is a handicapped area with two handicapped accessible

softball fields and play equipment. They also went bowling that day.

My daughter, Millie, and her boyfriend, Garyn, were volunteers at camp

this year. This was great for me because they drove Joe there everyday.

I didn't have to get him to the bus. They met kids like themselves who

were volunteering for the first time and others who come back year

after year. I think they were most surprised at the friendships they made

with the campers. Every night I would hear Millie exclaim with delight

that another camper had made her a friend on Facebook. Even though

her brother is handicapped she didn't know much about kids with

disabilities. To her surprise they are not much different than her friends.

I attended camp on the first day and met a man that came from

my home town. He is a lot younger than me but I remember him. He

was the local drug dealer, gang banger, trouble maker. Then he was

in a car accident and was confined to a wheelchair. Through his

rehabilitation he met people who helped him. He couldn't believe

that what they did was an actual profession. They assured him that

it was and he became determined to do it, too. He is almost ready

to graduate and will be a rehabilitation therapist. He works with these

kids in wheelchair basketball and softball. Soon he will achieve his dream.

Wheelchair camp is more than just giving kids an opportunity to try out

different sports. It's about getting them together so for a short time they

are not different. They are the majority. They are not alone. It's about

inspiring each other and everyone who meets them to be more than they

thought possible. It's about believing that we can do it. The local drug dealer

is now an inspiration to kids in wheelchairs. He is an inspiration to me not

because he is in a wheelchair but because he had a goal and he shook off his

past to achieve it. It was a week of learning about inspiring and believing.

Inspire others to do what they want to do and believe that they can do it.


Joe playing Sled Hockey..did you see him on Channel 7 News?



Millie helps a camper swim laps.



Millie, Christian, and Garyn. They are tight.



Caitlyn is surrounded by her boys, Matt and Garyn.



Rick, inspiring the kids to believe.


Have a great week and we'll see you at the fair!


PS...the rink will be closed for the fair...it will open again on Thursday, 13th.

PPS...if you are disappointed at with the updates to the newsletter, I'm still learning this program...I

think I need a tutor!  For those who sent me really cool flyers to put in the newsletter, 

I couldn't figure out how to embed them so I had to just retype.  Sorry!




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