"Preserving Our Heritage Festival"
The Burlington Checker Club participated in the Alamance Co.
Cedarock Park - "Preserving Our Heritage Festival"
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 9am - 5pm
Good Attendance - Everyone enjoy this fun, family-friendly event.
Earlier this week the
Burlington newspaper stated Southeastern Express Bluegrass band from Julian would replace the
Buttermilk Creek band at Cedarock Park - "Preserving Our Heritage Festival." We
already knew hurricane Irene's path would be bring us some rain and wind on
Saturday as she passed up the eastern coast. I get a call from Mike Ross
around 7 AM telling me he is on his way to Cedarock Park. I arrive a little after
8:00 AM and Mike and the Alamance Beekeepers are there beginning to setup.
Terry Isley, park manager comes over and tells us his weather report indicates
we have heavy rain coming, and we are suppose to get slammed between 10-11 AM.
He didn't think we should setup the bee-cage because of falling limb, wind, and
pubic safety, liability would suggest we just exhibit only our observation hive. Others in
the group said they too had observed the national weather systems radar and it
showed we were getting the skirt of the outer band of Irene. It would most
likely continue to drizzle with light rain and some wind off and on, but
clearing up in the afternoon. At the least, the messy weather had kept most of
the vendors/exhibitors, and participates away and definitely the festival attendance would be
down. The food vendors, and band wasn't there, none of the antique
tractors and "hit & miss" engine folks had showed. Mike, I,
holdup on setting up the bee display and we walked over to the post office which is
a new historical building added to the John and Polly Garrett
Historical Farm grounds. Its really a nice cozy little one room log cabin with a
mail office on one side, a pot belly stove, checkerboard, and chairs on the
other. Mike and I decided we should play a few games in the post office while we
were killing time with the weather. The board was an old homemade checkerboard
grooved out on a single piece of wide lumber with corncob
checkers. They are made from diced red and white cobs. Of course, Mike
opens 10-14 and tries to funnel me into the White Doctor, which he knows like
the back of his hand. I move 25-22 instead of 24-20 and he pitched me 16-19... I
lose several of these games to him. By this time Tim Laverty calls and
said he was coming over. Its after 10:30 now and still light rain and windy
with few exhibitors and no public crowd yet. Tim Laverty and I decide
not to setup the checker exhibit, tables, chairs, & tent. We decided to
get out of the weather and play at
his home back in Graham, 9 miles away. Tim gives me an extra copy of the
4th Int. Match and I meet Bruce Moser for the 1st time. They are wonderful host,
and we have coffee and play checkers (mostly get lessons) and review the White
Dr. and Inferno. I leave there and Teal calls me saying he and Trey plan
to visit his dad Bill back in Greensboro, and did I want to meet then and play
more checkers. Yes of course, and that afternoon Mike calls me and tells me he
stay until early afternoon as the crowd was light, and the festival ended early,
so that wrapped up the festival this year.
2011 Tournament Dates | 2010 Burlington Checker Club & Festival Pictures