Gink and Jennifer Poling joined me at the Rising Sun United Methodist Church Fish Fry last Friday and it was just as good as ever! I saw many familiar faces, but I only really had a chance to visit with Rita and Tom Turner and Carolyn Green. I was, however, able to meet a new friend Mary Colin and invite she and her Rising Sun Red Hatters to the upcoming “Tea for Toni”. The next Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday, March 22nd and I encourage everyone to attend. They begin serving at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. The church is located near the intersection of Highway 56 and Main Street at 110 South Walnut. A freewill offering covers fish (or chicken), sides, a dessert and a drink and they do carry out!
My condolences to the family of Judy Firth. Judy had been a Red HOT Hatter until her health prevented her from attending a few years back. Such a nice lady and my prayers are with her family.
The Red HOT Hatters will be special luncheon guests at the brand new Ferry Street Fudo Restaurant tomorrow (Friday, March 15th) at 11:30 a.m. Pam Acton and Melissa Andrews from the Community Foundation have been invited to attend and discuss the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Memorial Red HOT Hatters fund. In addition, donations are being accepted for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
The Red HOT Hatters will collect donations for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter at the March 15th meeting. Items being requested include dry dog/puppy food, dry cat/kitten food, canned cat food, cat litter, bones/treats (milk bones), durable chew toys (i.e. Kongs), nylon collars (all sizes), towels, sheets and blankets. Also Cleaning Supplies: bleach, Dawn dish soap, 39 gallon trash bags, kitchen size trash bags, zippered baggies, paper towels and laundry detergent. For Rescues, they need: gas cards, zip ties, gently used plastic crates and driving volunteers.
The first annual Town of Patriot Chili Cookoff will be held this Saturday, March 16th at 2 p.m. Interested participants are to bring their “Best Pot of Chili” to the Town Hall to be judged. Sponsored by the Patriot/Posey Park Board, cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners. For additional information, contact Nicole Renyer or call the Patriot Town Hall at (812) 594-2243.
March is definitely the time for birthday celebrations considering Toni Kniola’s birthday was March 12th and the Red HOT Hatters were originally charted seven fun filled years ago on March 19th, 2012. March Birthday Greetings go out to Sharon Schmitt (03/03), Gayle Rayles (03/06), Marilyn Owen (03/14), and Red HOT Hatter Eileen Wiesmann on (3/24). A belated Happy Birthday to Nathan Hughes!
Prayer List: Angie Haskell, Megan Meadors, Donna Hewitt and the children and family of David Hewitt, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Rev. Stephen and Sharon Ward, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Stasia Wiseman, Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Lura Riga and June Lack.
The second annual “Tea for Toni” will be held at the Schenck Mansion, on Sunday, March 31st from 1-3 p.m. A donation of $20 per person is being requested. Everyone is welcome. There will also be a silent auction including a 1913 restored antique White treadle sewing machine, a limited edition print, handcrafted kitchen accessories, gift certificates from Wainscott’s Garage and the Ladies Bazaar and a Derby hat or two so far. The Auction will conclude at 2 p.m. All bid items are to be paid for at that time.
Jenny at the Schenck Mansion will be preparing the menu for the Tea which will consist of both savory (Salmon salad and cherry tomatoes, Spinach and cheese puff pastry, Creamy sausage mushroom cup and Cucumber dill finger sandwiches) and sweet (Schenck Mansion cookies, Lemon-rosemary shortbread, Custard fruit tart and Rocky Road brownies).
Contact Kay E. Cook for tickets or to contribute items for the auction (812) 594-2281. Tickets must be purchased by March 24th. The proceeds will benefit the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Red HOT Hatters Memorial Fund at the Switzerland County Community Fund.
You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038; or contacting KAY E COOK on Facebook; or online at PatriotNews1995@gmail.com. If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue, please get it to me early.