Here’s hoping everyone is getting all decked out for Ryderwood’s Annual 4th of July “shindig”, making for a fun time for family and visitors from Vader and beyond. The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will end at the Park in time for the VFW BBQ and Potluck Picnic at noon. The hot foods (big burgers, grilled onions, jumbo hot dogs, chili, baked beans) served by the VFW will include all the toppings and a beverage for $6. The Potluck is for side dishes, salads and desserts – no hot foods, please.
Meanwhile, there will be music in the Gazebo (bring instruments if you wish) and a Pie Walk (pie donations requested) and games following the Picnic. Additionally, there will be an AED demonstration by the Fire Dept.
Rest up a bit after all that fun then plan to visit Vader for their fun and games, which start at 4 p.m. They will have all sorts of things going on and then the BIG fireworks display at dark. “Twice as many as last year!” I was told.
Library improvements will begin soon, with the addition of improved lighting. Our Library is a Community resource in Ryderwood since 1953. It is open to the public and is available to all area residents. All materials are donated, volunteers maintain them, and they are loaned on the “Honor System”.
A new County-approved gate has been installed on private property at the east end of First St. The gate will improve security for our Water Treatment Plant as well as properties on both sides of it. Walkers and bicyclists are welcome to walk around the gate, but larger vehicles need permission.
Applications for the New! Ryderwood Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 17 & 18 have gone out by mail and email to former Craft Fair Vendors. It will be the 10th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair and we want it to be the best ever. Contact Norma at (360) 295-3672 for information or an application.
The monthly Town Breakfast will be this Saturday morning – those VFW and Amvets guys must really like to cook! – so plan to come out for the best in breakfast fare. Sunday evening will be the next Ice Cream Social and Card Bingo – ice cream and cake at 6 p.m. and Card Bingo at 6:30 p.m.