Summer or 2017!
If you are reading this paragraph, you must have survived the rare 2017 Solar Eclipse
that occurred on Monday, August 21, 2017. The event, in this area, was watched by
thousands, although the eclipse was not a complete total eclipse. Bowling Green was
in the path of a total eclipse and the big Bowling Green Mall was practically shut
down for some parts of the eclipse. Penny, Sears, Old Navy, and most of the other stores
closed their doors for an hour or so during the eclipse. The Hopkinsville and Madisonville
areas were not only in the path of the "Total Eclipse", but were near the spot where
the eclipse duration was the longest in the nation. Thousand of eclipsed viewers
just about overwhelmed Hopkinsville and Madisonville areas. As the eclipse waned,
the outflux of visitors caused traffic jams in all areas of the eclipse viewing area. The
Pennyrile Parkway had bumper-to-bumper traffic for several hours after the eclipse.
It was rumored that aliens were going to land and attack the brains of the eclipse
viewers, but I have no concrete evidence that this happened. There was also supposed
to be a ghost returning to Hopkinsville on his anniversary, and again, I have no
further knowledge of this matter. All and all, it was a "Once In A Lifetime" experience
and hope that you were able to view and partake in some of the activities leading up
to and during the eclipse.
The month of August has arrived. This is one month where there are no federal holidays,
but the total Solar Eclipse made up for the month of August not having any Federal
Holidays. Hope you were able to view the eclipse at least and even better to have
been able to attend a Solar Eclipse Party. I thought the "Total Darkness" viewing
was not only totally awesome, but somewhat magical. Another event that most failed
to witness was the eerie patterns on the ground that was caused by the eclipse light
filtering through tree leaves and causing a shadow image on the payment. Eerie.
Stay cool as there is only about four more months until Christmas.
Start Of "Rockport Days" Pictures.
On September 17, 2016 at 10:00 am, the Rockport Days annual event was in its' second
day of community activity. On the sixteenth of September, at daylight, the Rockport
Community Yard Sale kicked off the "Rockport Days 2016" event. For most of the Friday
morning, there was a constant flow of buyers and lookers to keep the venders busy and
anxious to return next year.
On Saturday, the Community Center Building was open and the small kitchen was used
to prepare food and drinks for the visitors throughout the day. The shelter and porch
area was a gathering and meeting place for area residents and
"Out of Towners" to meet and mingle. That area stayed crowded all day long.
The children and the young at heart had the full run of the playground and there was
a constant flow of activity over the entire playground with the "Monkey Bars" gathering
the most participants. The ball field was a staging area for the "Antique Car Show"
as well as a staging area for the parade units. The main event event of the day was
a parade that started in the mid-afternoon.
Plans are already underway for the next year's event and it is developing with the
hope and intent of it being bigger and better than this year's event. Will try to
keep you updated on the plans for "Rockport Days" 2017. Hope to see you there.
Wishing you the best for the year, 2017..