This time of year we always get prepared in our small town of Grenada, Ms. for Grenada Lake's annual "Thunder on Water" event which is fast approaching. This year's festival will be June 8-10 and will take place at beautiful Grenada Lake. We don't get a lot of excitement in a small town such as ours but everyone looks forward to kicking off summer with this event every year. One of the things that is great about it is you can bring the whole family and it's not very expensive. Some of it is free but the things that do cost are not overly priced.
The festival has received a lot of attention since it started. It has been selected as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by Southeastern Tour Society for the month of June for 9 years in a row now!! It is recognized as the 3rd largest event in Mississippi and staffed by 250 volunteers. There was a record 146,000 people in attendance in 2003!
Attractions and events include over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a car, truck, and bike show, a 10k run and 5k walk, children's fishing rodeo, softball tournament, speed boat races, jet ski races, rebel amusement carnival and much more. The entertainment in past years has always been a big drawing factor also. Past acts include many famous names covering various types of music from country to blues. Some of the past acts include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Lawrence and for the blues fans we have hosted such acts as Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and Sam Green, Delbert McClinton, Latimore, and the Blues Boys. There is also a "Thunder on Water" pageant held during the festivities to crown a Mr. and Mrs. Thunder on Water and includes age groups from infant up to 18 years of age.
We would love for anyone to come and visit our town for this exciting event. The finale of the festival which usually takes place at about 9:00 p.m. midway through all the fun is the $25,000.00 Zambelli fireworks extravanganza that takes place over Grenada Lake. It truly is breathtaking and the kids love the endless fireworks displayed in the sky. It can be seen from miles and miles around and is a tradition of the festival. I plan on attending and taking my family and would like to welcome anyone to come share in the experience this year as Grenada gets ready for another round of "Thunder on Water".
The weather is something we know so very little about. As people who just wait for the weather channel to dictate a forecast we accept any information thats readily available. Global warming has been occurring since the invention of chlorofluorocarbons, the air conditioner, and the refrigerator. And the invention of the gasoline engine has placed this countries and countries abroad on an industrial revolution that engages in a war against human well being and mother nature. We for lack of a better word have become grandeur and arrogant people who taunted the very face of the universe and dared to claim scientific discoveries as man made inventions. Tornadoes will not become a thing of the past as long as there is the tear in ozone layer that invites the vacuum like suctioning cold pressure fronts from NOW , space and the north to pull upon the southern warmer, low pressures. What this is my friends is a climatic civil war between the North, South, East and Western pressures of the atmosphere. If these little variables as scientist may deem them, do not heal then the depletion of oxygen will also begin and we will definitely begin to pay a mandatory "Air Tax" in the name of Global Security. What a concept for the world to become united because they share a common need to survive. FRESH AIR!!! According to the Presidential economical Annual Report of last year not to much monies were invested in cleaning up this mess. Instead, CNN and NBC continues to report strictly in the wars over oil, nuclear weapons and the Iraq Iran Ironies.
To which do we owe a debt of gratitude? Will it be the native American Indians who hold mother earth as a sacred homage that provides for her children? Will it be the Natives from the Amazon forests who never suffered from poverty, nor diseases? Where is weather important while it pours upon the low land and the mountain gorillas of Africa? And who cares about food when there is such a bounty that the earth already provides? The populations of the earth will increase exponentially because there are no forests nor mysteries left to keep human beings separated in small biomes located in dense forests. Will we dare to launch an expedition like that of Star Trek to search for new lands when it finally becomes too late?
Well what did I hear lately about the weather? Mainly, only that which meteorologists and satellites can possibly detect and explain. Other than that I'll continue to read the skies, watch the sediments, and continue to smell the changes of scents in the air that the winds bring to see whether the good earth has abandoned her blossoms in most southern parts of Africa or the wait to see what the bees will do when the birds have all gone.
Fall is almost here and as those warm, humid summer nights start to dwindle away – they will be replaced by the cool, brisk nights of autumn. People are now heading out to experience what St. Louis has to offer. There is something inherently energizing about the smell of autumn in St. Louis that makes everyone want to join in on the festivities. What better way to enjoy the fall than to visit a fall movie festival? Here are several events worthy of mentioning:
Stella Artois French Film Festival: Dates: September 17-19; Times: Various; Location: Washington University (Brown Hall on the Danforth Campus); Cost: $10 each, $8 for students with valid ID
Synopsis: Cinema St. Louis is presenting French films including Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Around a Small Mountain, Eldorado, Playtime, Evening Classes, The Doctor's Horrible Experiment, Just Anybody, Blue Beard, and French Cancan. Contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 for more information on times.
Cinema on the Plaza: Dates: September 17 & 24; Times: "Movies Start at Dusk"; Location: Old Post Office Plaza (801 Locust Street); Cost: Free
Synopsis: Free movies (Father of the Bride, Jerry Maguire) are being shown in September in downtown St. Louis at the Old Post Office. Everyone is welcome and people are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, picket baskets and anything else that will help make it a night to remember.
Tivoli Reel Late Midnight Movies: Dates: October 22-November 6; Time: 11:50p.m.; Location: Delmar Loop (6350 Delmar); Cost: $7-$12
Synopsis: The Tivoli typically features classic films (such as Pulp Fiction and 12 Monkeys) every Friday and Saturday in the evenings. In celebration of Halloween, the Tivoli is presenting The Rocky Horror Picture Show starting October 22. Guests will be given prop bags as an added bonus. Call 314-727-7271 for more information on specific show times not related to the Tivoli Reel Late Midnight Movies series.