Navy vet Greg Kristofferson raises the American flag at the ceremony to dedicate the expanded Veterans Memorial Park in Carrabelle. [ Pat Sewell Funderburk ]
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Quilt show this Saturday at Chillas Hall

Hi Y’all,

Last week I promised to update you on the Lanark Village Association, Inc. monthly meeting. There needs to be more members coming to the meetings so they have a say on the events and operations of the association. The discussions were mostly about upcoming events, the Lanark Village Boat/RV storage, and asking members to participate in the different committees available. Anyone who resides in the Lanark District is qualified to fill out an application to join. Questions can be sent to and will be answered as soon as possible. You may also use the email address to address the Lanark Village Boat/RV Storage which has spaces available at competitive prices. You do not have to live in the Lanark District to rent a lot. 

The city of Carrabelle and American Legion Post 82, along with supporters, gathered on Friday, March 8 in Veterans Memorial Park for a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Brenda La Paz described each military service flag, which was very informative, with city commissioners and other dignitaries taking part. Carrabelle Police Officer Tim Stevens sang the National Anthem. The flag raising was led by Navy vet Greg Kristofferson, followed by the raising of the service flags by veterans from the Legion Post. This was a beautiful sight; the flags went up and the wind came along and blew them into all their glory. The ribbon cutting was performed by city commissioners, the CRA board, city administrative staff, and Inovia Consulting staffers.

The American Legion is a vital part of the Lanark community; most of their events are open to the public. Their service to help the area veterans is endless. After the flag raising ceremony, veterans were invited to come to the Legion for a free low country boil. 

The Camp Gordon Johnston parade was fun. The rain held off until the parade was over. The Legion Post had a big presence in the parade. The American Legion Riders were there with their wonderful motorcycles. 

On Sunday, March 10 the LVA sponsored the second Sunday covered dish, and residents took this opportunity together to honor a special person, Pat Bott, a long-time snowbird, for many years of devoted volunteer service to the community. Pat was tireless with her volunteering, always willing to help, especially if it involved cooking. This will be her last year to spend with us, as she will be going back to Indiana to assisted living to start a new chapter in her life. Pat will be missed. The Lanark residents will present her with a commemorative plaque from love gifts. Thank you all who came out to honor this wonderful lady.

Pat Bott was honored on Sunday. [ Pat Sewell Funderburk ]

On Thursday, March 14 at the Lanark Village Boat Club, the Lanark Village Golf Club will have their monthly meeting at 5 p.m., and the boat club will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Thirsty Thursday at Chillas Hall is canceled due to the Quilt Club setting up.

On Saturday, March 16, the Lanark Village Boat Club pancake breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. Best deal in Franklin County, maybe anywhere, $7 donation for this full breakfast. Also on Saturday, the LVA looks forward to having the Wandering Star Quilters Show at Chillas Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with many quilts on display, some for sale. A chicken salad sandwich lunch will be offered by the golf club.

Also on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. the golf club will come together at the club’s parking lot across from Chillas Hall for a decorated golf cart parade for St. Patrick’s Day. Golf carts will parade around Lanark ending at the Legion post for a corned beef and cabbage dinner, music and more about 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for the dinner for a donation of $15, with only 125 dinners to be sold. Call Nola, 850-528-7662, ask a golf member or at the Legion. This event is open to the public, so join in the fun!

Saturday, March 23 will be Clean-Up Day for Lanark Village, starting at 8 a.m. Also, the LVA will be having a Chili Cook Off from 4 to 7 p.m. Sign up to join this cook-off by emailing You might be the winner; everybody come sample the chili and vote. 

Love Lanark. Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at

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