Who said nothing to do in a small town?

The wearin’ of the green was in full swing at the first annual Lanark Golf Club Golf Cart St. Patrick’s day parade! From the artistically decorated cards to the shirts and hats and balloons and garlands and even dog blankets, St. Patrick was honored by all the participants.

It was such a busy weekend in Franklin County – activities at each end of the 98 corridor. The Carrabelle History Museum hosted the annual Culture Crawl event with education, vendors, music and Fishy Fashions too. Lanark’s own artist extraordinaire Joan Matey created fashions from the sea for the pirates to the sheriff. Guests from Texas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, Washington D.C. Georgia, Alabama, Florida and even Scotland came in to tour the history museum, and to learn more about the lighthouse and Camp Gordon Johnson attractions as well. The opening of the Tate’s Hell exhibit in the new second floor display area was well-attended and highlighted the afternoon for visitors. The newly installed elevator made access easier for guests.

The golf cart parade saw more than two dozen brightly decorated golf carts – some base colors of red, black, green and yellow but all had garlands of green and well-dressed drivers. Balloons, air-filled leprechauns and incredible displays created by entrants from St. James, Lanark and Carrabelle. Several handsome contestants even featured red-orange beards! More than 12 prizes were awarded and a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with Irish soda bread, was then available at the Lanark American Legion pavilion, prepared by the parade creator and hostess Nola Tolbert.

The annual Lanark quilt show was also a success, as was the Eastpoint annual fire department rib cookoff. It was great fun to be in Franklin County this busy weekend. Whoever said “there is nothing to do in a small town” should have visited us this weekend.

Mel Kelly


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