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November 5 is Guy Fawkes night in England, a celebratory memorial about when Mr. Fawkes tried to burn down the British Houses of Parliament centuries ago. Luckily his attempt failed on the historic group of buildings along the River Thames, but it became a “firework night” after that episode for the children.
A lot of families would build a trash pile in their back garden and sit a stuffed “Guy” on top and have a good old bonfire. Many folks had lots of bottle rockets and fancy fireworks that shot up in the sky. My mum was conservative and very frugal about them; we had sparklers, pinwheels that she stuck on the brick wall and a few roman candles.
It was usually a cold night, and when the fireworks were over we enjoyed the bonfire. During upcoming days, children would chant, “Remember, remember the fifth of November.”
This year has passed so quickly; another First Saturday is here this weekend. Santuck goers will be out in force. The last time I ventured into the crowd, I was so disappointed at how the vendors had changed, but the cheese man was still there.
On your way there or way back home, be sure to stop at Equality at the old firehouse right on Main Street, Alabama Highway 9, where the friendly volunteers will be at the Community Center for a cake sale starting at 7 a.m. Then starting at 10 a.m. hamburger and hot dog plates will be available with chips, dessert and a drink for just $6.
Come early as they close up about 1 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s needs, and they do a great job with fire and rescue for the area residents and further away to help other departments, a very worthy cause.
Birthdays to remember this week: Janice Cason November 5; Price Michael Smith will be 14 on November 7. On the tenth remembering the sweetest lady in Equality, Robbie Martin, and T.J. Stroud from Titus. Happy birthday wishes to all, and everyone having a special day this week.
True patience means waiting without worrying – wonder if that is why they say patience is a virtue.
Until next week, keep smiling and enjoy the sunshine.
Remember, if you have news to share or a celebration, just send me a short email to Smanorlady@gmail.com. I will be happy to share with the readers.