John Redding


With the declaration of the CDC and the relaxing of some of the mask wearing requirements by the state of Virginia, I begin this column with a feeling that one gets from a significant breath of fresh air.  This light at the end of the tunnel is finally beginning to come into focus. Metaphors aside, let’s all get on board with a renewed sense of optimism for the weeks and months ahead.

Things at Falling River Country Club are heating up. Senior golf matches versus other clubs are returning to a twice (home and away) a month schedule. Its Member-Guest Tournament, scheduled for June 11-13 has a very full sign-up sheet already, club  membership is increasing, the swimming pool will be opening later this month (lessons available) and the annual Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 19-20. Plus, two other club items merit special mention.

Scheduled for July 30-31, is the club’s Smith Strong Golf Tournament to raise funds to support Coach Doug Smith’s battle against Multiple Myeloma.  Response has been very robust but there is still room for more participation. Of the 88 spots available for four-player competitive teams, more than 70 have already been committed.  If those remaining spots fill up, there is a possibility of scheduling an extra session. If you are not a golfer, there are plenty of opportunities to donate via several levels of sponsorship. Contact Faber Jamerson and help support a man who means so much to this community in various ways. 

Falling River can also share in the pride in one of its own, Jillian Drinkard, who led Methodist University in winning the Division 3 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship this past week. Jillian led a come-from-behind charge on the final day to end up in first place on a tough course in East Lansing, Michigan. All sport competitions have been challenged during the pandemic, and we look forward to a more normal scholastic year beginning in the fall.

Wolfbane is busy readying its production of Steel Magnolias for the month of June, then, later in the year, Young Frankenstein will be performed in October. The Academy Center for the Arts is scheduling a fuller calendar beginning in July.  Their calendar includes a variety of cultural endeavors ranging from some big name dance companies to a three-day tribute to Elvis.

The newly organized Appomattox Farmers Market is set to begin on June 5. There is a Facebook page where you can post your preference regarding what types of products that you would like to see available for purchase there. If you know potential vendors, have them contact Laura Harvey Briceland or peruse the Facebook page for more information.

The Evergreen Lavender Farm is hosting many interesting events. Recently, there was a one-day herbal faire and the popular Lavender Festival (tickets online at is returning this year, scheduled for June 19. Ken Swanson has recently qualified as a Celebrant Officiate which means that he can perform wedding ceremonies in their beautiful chapel. In addition to special events, the farm is open to the public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

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