May is truly our kickoff month for the summer celebrations, but before we peek at the future, let us honor the recent past. First we are saying goodbye to the 7th memorable season of LOU. Thanks to the ministrations of Dennis Damon and Dean Knowles, the season was a winner. Their strong leadership led to wonderful guest chef lunches, super sides, and fabulous desserts. Thanks to all the wonderful guest chefs, beatific bakers, and untiring volunteers. Of course, we must give recognition to “Fast Hands Freddie” aka Dennis Link doing dishes, a thankless job. But, remember always the rest of the minions who kept the program on target, on base, and delightful.
Be sure the read and mark the May events calendar, the highlights are as follows. On May 8th, BABS will be hosting their May Tea. This year’s themes is a “Parisian Adventure.” Ladies, this is for you! The tickets sell out fast so order your tickets ASAP from Paula Ames (208) 683-0566 or Robin McKellar (208) 683-4722. If that is not enough fun, that evening at 7pm, the Chamber has their monthly business meeting along with the fun stuff featuring “Crazy Hat Day” in honor of the Kentucky Derby. So be creative, design a hat, and wear it for a prize.
May 15th is Bookmobile Day which will happen every 3rd Tuesday of the month through fall. The Community Council will be co-sponsoring a presentation of the archaeological findings of Farragut Village, Saturday May 10th at 11am, also Bunco day at 2pm. The Water and Sewer Board will be holding an evening meeting, 7pm on Thursday the 17th.
On Saturday May 26th from 8am till 3pm, is the Town Wide Yard Sale sponsored by the Council. Many vendors will be featuring their special treasures for your taking. One of those is the Community Center which will hold its sale at the Grandys’ Pole Barn on First and Spruce. For any of you who are not having your personal sale, you can donate those no longer needed treasures to the Center. Just call George or Cindy at (208) 683-1680 for drop-off times. The month ends with the Chamber’s “Very Berry Pancake Feed” on Monday May 28th, Memorial Day at 8am til 10:30. These pancakes are the best, the sausage is a mouthful of extravagance, and beverages are provided.
But that is not enough, the future holds many great things. On June 16th at 6:30pm the Center is holding a Summer Solstice Celebration featuring the “Fabulous Folding Chair” auction with music provided by Bayview’s own “Notables.” This spring fling will feature beautiful hand-painted, weatherproof folding metal chairs by local artists. Any artist or sponsor wishing to participate, please contact Cindy Grandy at (208) 683-1859. Sponsors who do not wish to paint but would like to provide one to a painter can do so. The cost is $20 for the chair. Flyer/entry form available in the Bayview Bylines. The evening will also feature music by Bayview’s own singing group, the Notables. So, do attend and bring your wallet and favorite spirited drink. Regular beverages and desserts will be available for sale as well. (Any bakers out there wishing to help, contact Jackie at (208) 683-1680.)
The second big event will be the third annual “Frogmore Stew” dinner scheduled for July 28th at 5:30pm. Once again, this Louisiana style shrimp boil will be served with salad, beverage, and dessert. It is available by tickets purchased in advance only and will be limited to 150 guests. To purchase your tickets, contact Jackie at the above number. The Center will close the season on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 1st of September with its own yard sale. All events benefit the Center’s operating budget, building improvements, equipment purchases, and garden maintenance.
Speaking of improvements, the board has approved funds for the purchase of a retractable awning to cover the south deck making outdoor cooking available in inclement weather. Funds have been made available for the purchase of a new arbor entry to the garden. Designed and built by Alex Robinson.
Finally, “The Princess Pedalfest is a non-competitive Women’s biking event that will be held in Hayden, Idaho on August 4th, 2018. Our goal is to promote cycling and good health for women, while helping to raise funds for local women’s and children’s charities. We are in our fourth year of promoting this event and we expect approximately 400-500 riders this year….Our event consists of four scenic courses of 12, 25, 45, and 60 miles that travel through North Idaho, including the historic town of Bayview. We have motivation stations along the way to ‘motivate our riders’ through their journey. We provide a catered lunch after the ride along with a special ‘gift’ at the finish line….We will be giving every rider in our event a custom made Princess Pedalfest cycling jersey! This year, we will be raising money for the Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children. The UGM Center for Women and Children is the first long-term, residential recovery center for women and children in Kootenai County. The center provides a warm, home-like setting in which to explore and confront the issues surrounding abuse, addiction, and homelessness.”